Murray Duthie Jnr
We as a cricket club should be both honoured and humbled that a man of Murray Duthie’s quality has been involved in our club for a long period of time.
He stands above all else for his contribution to the Modbury Cricket Club firstly for his cricketing ability, and more recently for his development and involvement with the junior teams. His expertise and commitment to our club are second to none and by naming the Under 17 Cricketer of the Year award after him goes towards showing him our gratitude for everything that he has achieved and accomplished.
Murray returned as senior coach in 2013/14 through to 2016/17, imparting his wisdom (on an off the field) to a squad of young men. He has amassed a mammoth 259 games, and hit his 6,000th run in season 2008/09.
Details of Murray’s cricketing achievements have been well documented and kept safe by his mum, Norma and we thank her and Murray senior for all their help in compiling this extremely brief over view of his cricket life.
Murray followed in his parents footsteps with his mother Norma playing women’s cricket at Modbury – the games were arranged by the Modbury Cricket Club as a beginning to a program of community cricket.
Murray was vice-captain of the Ridgehaven Cricket Team at the age of 12, where he performed the great feat of 5/23. He began his cricketing career with Modbury in 1974 with an impressive 10 against Hampstead.
In 1977 Murray was playing in the D grade side and managed to put together some memorable knocks with his innings of 86 against Wingfield being “a very good knock ... from one of our most promising youngsters” (as quoted from the local newspaper). He also took out the Fielding award for D grade in this year.
At the age of 15 Murray was selected for his spin bowling in the PDCA Under 18 team to play against Prospect. Though he did not manage too many runs, he did stay there for a while for the other players to make a reasonable score and managed to take 2 for 49. Unfortunately, PDCA lost but it was a memorable day for Murray.
Possibly the most memorable for Murray would be his 127 against Woodville North – but then, looking through the momentos , there would be many more times that he remembers as would his peers at the club.
In the 1981/1982 season Murray played in the Modbury B grade team against Para Hills for the ATCA premiership of B2. He had contributed throughout the season with runs and managed to support Craig Farley, finishing with 18. He made a magnificent contribution to Modbury’s fifth successive ATCA grand final against Payneham when “Murray Duthie snaring three magnificent catches and a brilliant run-out in an almost unblemished display behind the stumps” (as quoted from the local newspaper).
Murray started coaching while still playing A grade cricket and his U13’s were untroubled in their defeat of Pooraka. He continued to play A grade cricket and seemed to always be in the paper showing his true batting ability. Due to work commitments Murray played in the lower grades as he was interstate, but often managed to still hit some runs.
Records and achievements:
- President (1992-1994, 1997-2000)
- Secretary (1995/96, 1999/2000)
- Treasurer (1993/94)
- ATCA Coordinator (2007-2009)
- Senior Coach (1994-96, 2013-2017)
- Clubperson of the Year (1992/93, 1993/94, 1998/99, 1999/00)
- Modbury Cricket Club Honoured Member
- Modbury Sporting Club Life Member
- ATCA Life Member
- NEJCA Life Member
- A Grade Captain (1994-96)
- A Grade Premiership Player (1982/83, 1998/99)
- 2 x A Grade Batting Trophy (1993/94, 1994/95)
- 5 x A Grade Fielding Trophy (1978/79, 1984/85, 1985/86, 1992/93, 1993/94)
- 4 x B Grade Batting Trophy (1982/83, 1991/92, 1997/98, 2002/03)
- 2 x B Grade Fielding Trophy (1980/81, 1986/87)
- 3 x C Grade Batting Trophy (1988/89, 1999/2000, 2000/01)
- 10 x Centuries (A Grade 107; B Grade 135*, 100, 100; C Grade 136, 133, 121, 113, 107*, 100)
We sincerely thank Murray for his contribution to the game of cricket at Modbury Cricket Club, and for his character as a person.
At a special meeting of the committee in 2008/09, it was decided to change the name of the Under 17 Cricketer of the Year award to "Murray Duthie Under 17 Cricketer of the Year" in honour of Murray's dedication and work with the juniors, specifically, and the club, in general.