- D.O.B.: 02/01/1997
- Player Type: Batsman
- Availabilty: Yes
- Nationality: South African
- Playing Role: Left-handed Top Order Batsman and Right-arm Medium
- Coaching qualifications: Cricket South Africa Level 1 (ECB Level 2 Equivalent)
- Current teams: Ireland A, Munster Reds (Ireland Interprovincial)
- Entry route: EU Passport
- Available: April to September
Murray Commins is a high-quality left-handed Top Order Batsman originally from Cape Town in South Africa but now contracted by Cricket Ireland as he heads towards International representation. A frequent member of Western Provinces age group teams, Murray comes from a cricketing family with his father being former South African test Batsman, John Commmins and both his grandfather and great uncle also playing First Class cricket in South Africa. Technically correct and of level temperament that works especially hard off the field on his fitness and match preparation, Murray has big fish to fry.
A schoolboy and age group star, the gifted Left-hander was consistently among the top performers at age group level and it came as no surprise that he made his debut as a 19 year old for South Western Districts, having taken an opportunity to shift south for a chance to crack first class cricket.
Murray visited the UK in 2014 with the Rondebosch school tour and again in 2016 with a class showing for Frinton-on-Sea CC in the strong ECB East Anglian Premier League. During the 2016 season, Murray piled on 1016 runs @ 46.18 with 2 hundreds and 7 fifties in an impressive first UK stint.
In summer 2018, Murray returned to the East Anglian Premier League, this time with Bury St Edmunds CC and his staunch resistance provided some late season spark for the club after a horror start which saw them win just 1 of 15 to start the season. In total, Murray scored 996 runs @ 58.59 and showed his composure and class in a number of patient innings to steer the team out of trouble and avoid the relegation play-offs. His most crucial performance came in the final game of the season. Having been set 212 to win by Frinton CC, with nothing other than a win good enough to seal their place in the ECB Premier League for 2019, Murray set about dismantling the Frinton attack, scoring a classy 121* (91) as Bury St Edmunds chased down the required total for no loss. That win was the 6th in the last 7 games for the club and assured their place in the regions top league was locked in.
Murray headed to Ireland for the 2019 summer to commence his qualification to represent the Emerald Isle and subsequently joined Instonians CC for their Northern Cricket Union campaign. Hampered by a troublesome hip issue, Murray still managed to put together 844 runs @ 44.42 including a crucial 59 on the last weekend of the season in a must-win T20 against Muckamore which would determine relegation/survival places when he needed to step up at a crucial time for the club.
After a COVID-hit 2020, Murray linked with The Hills CC for the 2021 Leinster Cricket league season and was selected for the Munster Reds in the Cricket Ireland Inter-Pro white-ball competitions. His form was electric, scoring 352 runs @ 70.40 in 6 knocks and ultimately finished the season with selection for Ireland A against Zimbabwe in Sept 2021, scoring 55 on debut. He remained with The Hills CC in 2022, scoring 368 runs @ 36.80 in a season interrupted by Munster duties, which included a brilliant 102 (61) against Leinster.
Now contracted by Cricket Ireland, Murray will be a quality pick up for a club seeking a promising top order Batsman that is also an excellent fielder. Murray resides in Ireland.
|The Hills CC||2022||12||12||368|
|Bury St Edmunds CC||2018||21||21||996|
|Frinton on Sea CC||2016||26||24||1016|