About Tim

Biography

TJM at Hove promenade 1985

Tim Murtagh is a bustling swing bowler with a marching run-up. His pace is lively without being express but he has become a valued member of Middlesex’s attack – and one of the most reliable new-ball bowlers on the county circuit. He can also be a destructive lower order hitter.

Though now a stalwart at Lord’s, he actually came through Surrey’s age-group sides and was a member of the England Under-19 squad during the 1999 World Cup, subsequently touring Sri Lanka with a British Universities side in 2002. He battled his way into the Surrey side, and in 2005 took a competition-best 6 for 24 in a Twenty20 tie against Middlesex at Lord’s. Nevertheless, he moved north of the river to Lord’s in 2007 where he felt his opportunities would be greater. And they were. Consistent in all forms of cricket, and with a liking for the big occasion, he took 104 wickets in all three formats in 2008. Surprisingly, he was overlooked for the England development squad, but had his chance to shine in Middlesex’s trip to Antigua for the Stanford 20/20 for 20. Together with Steven Finn he led Middlesex’s attack in 2011, taking 80 wickets at 20.98 as the county gained promotion from Division Two.

TJM in lounge 1983

In early 2012 Murtagh qualified for Ireland based on his grandparents. He had to wait a few months to become a regular, but, after the retirement of Trent Johnston and Boyd Rankin’s defection to England, soon became the leader of Ireland’s attack, and took 3-33 against England in front of 10,000 spectators at Malahide in September 2013. His withdrawal from the 2015 World Cup because of injury denied him the opportunity he had cherished. While his appearances for Ireland were primarily in limited overs cricket, Middlesex increasingly regarded saving him for first-class cricket as the best use of Murtagh. He was yet again Middlesex’s leading Championship wicket-take in 2014, with 58 wickets, including ten wickets in the match against Durham.

Full name Timothy James Murtagh

Born August 2, 1981, Lambeth, London

Current age 33 years

Major teams Ireland, British Universities, Middlesex, Middlesex 2nd XI, Surrey

Nickname Dial M

Batting style Left-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium

Height 6 ft 2 in

Relation Uncle – AJ Murtagh, Brother – CP Murtagh

 

Stats

Batting and fielding averages

  Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
ODIs 10 6 2 60 23* 15.00 79 75.94 0 0 7 1 1 0
T20Is 7 2 1 5 3 5.00 7 71.42 0 0 0 0 1 0
First-class 158 212 62 3171 74* 21.14 0 10 46 0
List A 152 95 35 691 35* 11.51 0 0 37 0
Twenty20 94 35 12 206 40* 8.95 195 105.64 0 0 23 3 20 0

Bowling averages

  Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
ODIs 10 9 438 333 9 3/33 3/33 37.00 4.56 48.6 0 0 0
T20Is 7 7 148 179 7 2/24 2/24 25.57 7.25 21.1 0 0 0
First-class 158 27248 14768 545 7/82 27.09 3.25 49.9 26 4
List A 152 6614 5756 195 4/14 4/14 29.51 5.22 33.9 4 0 0
Twenty20 94 93 1852 2560 100 6/24 6/24 25.60 8.29 18.5 1 1 0

Recent matches

BAT & BOWL TEAM OPPOSITION GROUND MATCH DATE SCORECARD
9, 3/69, 29* Middlesex v Lancashire Manchester 23 Sep 2014 FC
1/89, 20 Middlesex v Somerset Taunton 15 Sep 2014 FC
5/106, 24, 5/86, 34 Middlesex v Durham Lord’s 9 Sep 2014 FC
3/74, 14, 2/32 Middlesex v Warwickshire Lord’s 31 Aug 2014 FC
1/13 Middlesex v Durham Chester-le-Street 10 Aug 2014 LA
0/27 Middlesex v Sussex Hove 8 Aug 2014 LA
0/55 Middlesex v Somerset Lord’s 7 Aug 2014 LA
1/43 Middlesex v Surrey Lord’s 31 Jul 2014 LA
2/36, 6* Middlesex v Warwickshire Lord’s 27 Jul 2014 LA
0, 0/25 Middlesex v Glamorgan Cardiff 26 Jul 2014 LA

Source: ESPNCricinfo.com, reproduced with permission.