Cricket Victoria has received the sad news that former player Bruce Murray passed away in Queensland yesterday aged 90.
Bruce Murray was a fine all-rounder, batting left-handed and bowling right-arm medium-pace. Born and bred in Mildura, he moved to Melbourne to complete an electrical engineering degree at Swinburne. He started his District career with Footscray in 1948-49 before moving into Prahran's zone. He played 21 seasons and 241 matches for Prahran, scoring 5126 runs at 23.95 and taking 426 wickets at 19.49 before retiring after the 1973-74 season to captain-coach Waverley for four further seasons. His career wickets tally at Prahran remained a club record until Bryce McGain surpassed it in 2015-16.
Murray scored four centuries for Prahran, including 140* against Footscray in 1956-57. He added an unbroken 222-run stand in just 143 minutes with Don Mathieson (115*) on that occasion, still a Prahran sixth wicket partnership record. His highest score was 152 against North Melbourne at Arden Street in 1963-64. In the same game he also took a hat-trick, dismissing John Harmer, Dick Maddocks and John Miles in his first over. Murray's best bowling figures were 8/39 against Footscray at Toorak Park in 1957-58. He won Prahran's batting averages five times and bowling averages six times. He was a member of Prahran's 1954-55 premiership team.
Murray played four first class matches for Victoria in 1957-58, scoring 53 runs at 13.25 and taking 9 wickets at 36.88.
Murray was a Life Member, Hall of Fame inductee and Club Legend at Prahran CC and an inaugural member of the CV 200 Club. He was also a fine footballer, playing 44 games for South Melbourne between 1951 and 1954 and captaining Moorabbin's first VFA premiership in 1957.
Cricket Victoria extends sincere condolences to the Murray family and the Prahran Cricket Club.