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What's my career record? Murphy Walwyn

What's my career record? Murphy Walwyn

Author: Alan Birkinshaw

Statistics alone justify Murphy Walwyn’s place in the pantheon of great Bradford League cricketers.

He is the only player in the 117-year history of the competition to do the double of three league titles in successive years and a hat-trick of Priestley Cup wins.

He has been part of six league title wins - four with Woodlands and two with East Bierley - plus six Priestley Cup triumphs – five with East Bierley and one with Woodlands.

And who can forget he also featured in East Bierley’s 1979 triumph in the National Village Cup final over the Welsh side Ynsygerwn a result that Walwyn says; “Put the village on the map.”

Walwyn is also one of only three players to have taken ten wickets in an innings twice. He is in distinguished company there with the great SF Barnes and the prolific Sandy Jacques who achieved the feat first with Saltaire and then for Undercliffe.

Walwyn took 10-47 against Farsley in 1986 and followed up with 10-45 against Yeadon the following season.

If that isn’t enough to justify his place among the very best players to have played in the Bradford League, Walwyn won the fastest fifty trophy a record seven times, and lifted the Sir Learie Constantine All Rounder Trophy in 1985.

He was a great entertainer and somebody who always played his cricket in the right spirit. In all he scored 14, 869 league runs at an average of 29.1 and took 587 wickets at 20.69 apiece. It is fair to say that Walwyn is a modern-day legend. At his peak he was a deadly fast bowler and a big-hitting middle-order batsmen.

Bars around the league emptied when he was batting or bowling. He had a wonderful natural talent which illuminated the competition over the 40 years of his career.

As a bowler he had a rhythmic approach which enabled him to deliver the ball at a pace which disconcerted a lot of batsmen.

His batting is best described as destructive. He was a big-hitting batsman who played with typical West Indian flair.

He made his debut in 1971 aged 15 and the early years of his career with East Bierley saw him make steady progress before playing a prominent role in their 1979 National Village Cup triumph.

In 1981, when East Bierley did the league and cup double, Walwyn spent a year playing in the Huddersfield League, but when he returned, he certainly delivered.

He helped East Bierley to lift the Priestley Cup in 1984 when they defeated Keighley by nine wickets at the end of a season which saw him make his highest Bradford League score of 145no.

Walwyn missed out on another title triumph in 1988 as he was in the midst of a two-season spell with central Lancashire League side Carlton.

After returning to his spiritual home, Walwyn featured in successive title wins in 1993 and 1994 for East Bierley. Both were under pinned by solid contributions from Walwyn who made 436 and 587 runs in the respective seasons.

Walwyn wasn’t just a big hitter, he was a batsman who could assess a situation and adapt his game to the requirements of his side. He turned many unpromising positions into match-winning outcomes.

His best season with the bat came in 1985 when he made 786 runs and as his big-hitting became an ever more potent threat, he helped East Bierley to win the only hat-trick of Priestley Cup wins in the league’s history between 1998 and 2000.

East Bierley defeated Pudsey Congs by eight wickets in 1998, beat Yeadon by 73 runs a year later, and completed their treble with a 68-run win over Hanging Heaton.

The East Bierley team that completed the Priestley Cup treble in 200. Back: Anthony McGrath, Matthew Barnes,Rob Burton, Jaffer Nazir, Richard Gould, Paul Hemming, Andrew Stothart. Front: Andrew Bairstow, Murphy Walwyn, Dermot McGrath (Captain), Paul Carroll, Kez Ahmed.

When Woodlands entered the league in 2001, Walwyn was one of their big name captures, and though his bowling was now more military medium, his big-hitting prowess remained.

Walwyn helped Woodlands win Division Two at the first attempt and went on to help them establish themselves in the top-flight over the ensuing three seasons.

He missed out on their dramatic first league title win of 2005 after deciding to join Gomersal for what proved to be a solitary season.

Back at Woodlands in 2006 he was part of the team that won the treble of league title, Priestley Cup and Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy.

Woodlands 2006: Back: Scott Richardson Cieran Garner, Pieter Swanepoel, Sarfraz Ahmed, Murphy Walwyn, Richard Spittlehouse, Chris Brice. Front: Tim Orrell (Captain), Russell Murray, Nicky Rushworth, Adam Goldthorpe, Greg Godfrey

It was the first part of what was to prove to be a title hat-trick for Walwyn. By now he was a bit part player, but when he called upon to perform, he seldom disappointed.

With his career drawing towards a close, Walwyn joined Bankfoot in 2010 for a solitary season, a campaign which also saw him go back to Carlton and Lascelles Hall as well as turning our for Kirkheaton, before returning to Woodlands in 2014.

His final Bradford League outings were for East Bierley in 2015 and 2016 as he tried to lend his experience in times of struggle.

Since then he has concentrated his effort on playing for the Yorkshire Over-60s and averaged 44 on a tour of Australia with them.

It is a measure of the respect that the Bradford League community have for Walwyn that he is a popular figure at whatever ground he turns up at to watch a game.

He has thrilled, he has entertained, and he has shown over almost 50 years a dedication and love for the game that those starting out on their careers now would do well to copy.

He was quite deservedly given a place ion the Wisden Club Cricket Hall of Fame earlier this year and deserves every accolade that comes his way.

Knowing his longevity and love of the game, who would back against him playing the Bradford Premier League in 2021 – the 50th anniversary of his debut.

BATTING
YEAR CLUB Div Inns No Hs Runs Ave
1971 East Bierley 1 6 1 14 33 6.60
1972 East Bierley 2 2 0 7 8 4.00
1973 East Bierley 2 18 1 20 158 9.29
1974 East Bierley 2 21 4 78* 388 22.82
1975 East Bierley 2 19 4 91* 528 35.20
1976 East Bierley 2 22 5 93 557 32.76
1977 East Bierley 1 19 1 32 236 13.11
1978 East Bierley 1 19 3 70 427 26.68
1979 East Bierley 1 14 0 47 315 22.50
1980 East Bierley 1 20 2 50 326 18.11
1982 East Bierley 1 21 2 93 631 33.21
1983 East Bierley 1 21 4 102* 644 37.88
1984 East Bierley 1 23 6 145* 630 37.06
1985 East Bierley 1 22 5 133* 736 43.29
1986 East Bierley 1 22 6 100* 711 44.44
1987 East Bierley 1 20 6 78* 596 42.57
1990 East Bierley 1 17 5 87 393 32.75
1991 East Bierley 1 19 7 62 378 31.50
1992 East Bierley 1 19 4 73 490 32.67
1993 East Bierley 1 22 4 102 436 24.22
1994 East Bierley 1 20 7 80* 587 45.15
1995 East Bierley 1 20 5 107 670 44.67
1996 East Bierley 1 24 9 101 672 44.80
1997 East Bierley 1 19 5 56 368 26.29
1998 East Bierley 1 16 3 69 327 25.15
1999 East Bierley 1 21 6 159* 676 45.07
2000 East Bierley 1 14 3 82* 318 28.91
2001 Woodlands 2 18 7 76* 492 44.73
2002 Woodlands 1 19 2 66 337 19.82
2003 Woodlands 1 17 6 40* 315 28.64
2004 Woodlands 1 21 4 71 436 25.65
2005 Gomersal 2 19 5 62 457 32.64
2006 Woodlands 1 12 3 58 184 20.44
2007 Woodlands 1 14 6 31 171 21.38
2008 Woodlands 1 14 2 20 102 8.50
2009 Woodlands 1 11 3 22 70 8.75
2010 Bankfoot 1 9 1 14 39 4.88
2014 Woodlands 1 2 2 2* 3 3.00
2015 East Bierley 1 4 1 12 23 7.67
2016 East Bierley P 1 0 1 1 1.00
   Vareer Totals 661 150 133* 14869 29.1
BOWLING
YEAR CLUB Div Ovs M Runs Wkts Ave
1973 East Bierley 2 71 9 278 14 19.86
1974 East Bierley 2 186 49 548 24 22.83
1975 East Bierley 2 202 31 745 35 21.29
1976 East Bierley 2 95 16 294 16 18.38
1977 East Bierley 1 93 12 332 19 17.47
1978 East Bierley 1 161 27 552 27 20.44
1979 East Bierley 1 52 5 226 4 56.50
1980 East Bierley 1 43 9 165 11 15.00
1982 East Bierley 1 55 5 233 6 38.83
1983 East Bierley 1 44 10 188 6 31.33
1984 East Bierley 1 199 44 596 31 19.23
1985 East Bierley 1 169 35 544 33 16.48
1986 East Bierley 1 253 59 775 48 16.15
1987 East Bierley 1 223 31 855 43 19.88
1990 East Bierley 1 231 34 851 47 18.11
1991 East Bierley 1 185 32 706 25 28.24
1992 East Bierley 1 206 30 779 28 27.82
1993 East Bierley 1 168 24 587 30 19.57
1994 East Bierley 1 97 17 395 16 24.69
1995 East Bierley 1 110 11 489 23 21.26
1996 East Bierley 1 32 2 121 8 15.13
1997 East Bierley 1 93 18 374 18 20.78
1998 East Bierley 1 47 6 213 8 26.63
1999 East Bierley 1 55 8 164 6 27.33
2000 East Bierley 1 18 2 81 6 13.50
2001 Woodlands 2 21 3 75 11 6.82
2002 Woodlands 1 68.2 6 336 19 17.68
2003 Woodlands 1 28.4 3 120 5 24.00
2004 Woodlands 1 18 3 95 3 31.67
2005 Gomersal 2 27.1 3 111 6 18.50
2007 Woodlands 1 6 0 30 1 30.00
2009 Woodlands 1 22 2 127 5 25.40
2010 Bankfoot 1 31 5 131 5 26.20
   Career Totals 3309.7 551 12116 587 20.64

 

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