Former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman David Murray dies at 72

Bridgetown, Barbados, November 26 – (www.barbadoscricket.org) – Former Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman David Murray died suddenly here on Friday night at the age of 72.

Murray played 19 Test matches between 1978 and 1982. He scored 601 runs including three half-centuries at an average of 21.46 and had 62 victims (57 catches and five stumpings). His highest score was 84 against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Bombay (now Mumbai) in 1978.

He also appeared in 10 One-Day Internationals between 1973 and 1981.

In 114 first-class matches after starting his career in 1971 in the Shell Shield Championship, Murray amassed 4503 runs (Ave: 30.84) with seven hundreds and 19 half-centuries. He had 323 dismissals (293 catches and 30 stumpings). His highest score was 206 not out for West Indies against East Zone at Jamshedpur on the 1978/79 tour to India.

Murray was also a member of the West Indies team on the rebel tour of South Africa in 1983.

He was the son of the late, great Barbados and West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes and father of Ricky Hoyte, a wicketkeeper/batsman, who played for Barbados and West Indies ‘A’.

Locally, Murray represented famous BCA clubs Empire and Spartan after playing in the lower division for Texaco.