Stephen Murdoch

Club: Karori

Wellington Firebirds debut: v Northern Knights 2010-11 (first-class)
Best bat: 141 v Central Stags 2010-11 (first-class)

Stephen Murdoch is the Wellington Firebirds Plunket Shield (first-class) captain in 2012-13.

Stephen Murdoch’s name was on every cricket followers lips In January after his commanding match winning 225 not out off just 157 balls to help the Powerade Wellington U23s to an exhilarating 50-over win over their Auckland annual counterparts at the inaugural National U23 tournament at Lincoln.

Chasing 356 for victory, Murdoch batted beautifully to guide us to a hugely satisfying 3-wicket win with 5 balls to spare. Starting off slowly he then exploded and his innings eventually included 156 runs in boundaries. He cleared the boundary rope to hit the winning runs off the first ball of the last over. 

 He was selected as one of three promising players in the 2011 New Zealand cricket Almanack.

Murdoch scored a century against the Central Stags in the opening Plunket Shield match of the 2011-12 season and reached 1,000 first-class runs whilst batting for Wellington at home at the Hawkins Basin Reserve agaisnt the Otago Volts at the end of November 2011.

 

Name: Stephen Murdoch

 

Playing Style: Right-hand bat / Right-arm medium bowler

 

Nickname: Stove

 

Secondary School Attended: St Patricks College, Wellington

 

Club: Karori

 

Earliest Cricket Memory: Playing in the backyard with Dad and Granddad

 

Favourite Ground to play: Basin Reserve

 

Most memorable cricket moment: 1st First-Class hundred

 

Favourite player growing up: Martin Crowe

 

The non-cricketing sports person or team I most admire: Phil ‘The Power’ Taylor

 

If I wasn’t a Firebird I’d be… Working in a bank

 

Favourite superhero: Superman

 

Favourite holiday destination: Croatia

 

In my spare time I like to… Spend time with mates, travel

 

My signature dish is… Gourmet Burgers

 

My favourite movie is… The Rock and Shawshank Redemption

 

Chores as kid: Vacuuming and helping Mum in the garden

 

My favourite food is… Thai or Burgers

 

Favourite school subject: P.E

 

Worst school subject: English

 

Do you have any pets? No

 

If I could have anything, I would want… An Island with everything I need and fam and friends

 

The biggest influence on my cricketing career is… Dad

 

Something you didn’t know about me is… I own a mung bean plantation in Malawi

 

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