John Murdin

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John Murdin
Personal information
Full name John Vernon Murdin
Born (1893-08-16)16 August 1893
Wollaston, Northamptonshire, England
Died 11 April 1971(1971-04-11) (aged 77)
Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England
Batting style Right-hand
Bowling style Right-arm
Role Bowler
International information
National side
Domestic team information
Years Team
1913–27 Northamptonshire
Career statistics
Competition FC
Matches 173
Runs scored 1800
Batting average 8.57
100s/50s 0/1
Top score 90*
Balls bowled 22846
Wickets 455
Bowling average 27.08
5 wickets in innings 28
10 wickets in match 4
Best bowling 8/81
Catches/stumpings 111/–
Source: [permanent dead link], 25 October 2009

John Vernon Murdin (16 August 1891, Wollaston, Northamptonshire – 11 April 1971, Stonehouse, Gloucestershire) was a professional Cricketer who spent his entire career at Northamptonshire. Although he was predominantly a Bowler, the highlight of his 14-year playing career was his County record last wicket partnership with fellow Wollaston-born player Ben Bellamy of 148. John Murdin died in 1971 in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.


John Murdin was a regular bowler for Northamptonshire either side of World War I, taking over 450 wickets for his home county including the 28 occasions he took 5 wickets in an innings. Murdin - often referred to by his middle name, Vernon - made his debut in 1913, taking David Denton of Yorkshire as his first victim. In 1920, Murdin achieved Northamptonshires first post-war Hat-trick against Kent at the County Ground. Despite it being Northamptonshires heaviest First-class defeat, in 1921 when Australia visited Northamptonshire, Murdin bowled Edgar Mayne on the first ball of the match and finished with figures of 5-157, with the dismissals of Nip Pellew, Johnny Taylor, Jack Gregory and Arthur Mailey on top of the Mayne wicket. The next summer was the best of his career; throughout the course of the 1922 season he took 91 wickets including his career best of 8-81 against Glamorgan at Swansea and 7-44 in a home fixture with Kent, both of which were match-winning efforts. In the record breaking last wicket partnership in 1925, Murdin himself scored 90* - not only his career best batting score, but also his only innings in which he achieved a half-century. Although he never recaptured his form from 1922, Murdin was granted a testimonial in 1928 against possibly his favourite opponents, Kent. By this point his First-class playing career was over, having accepted a coaching role at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, the county where he saw out the remainder of his life.

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