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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Murdoch, William Lloyd

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Murdoch, William Lloyd, the well-known cricketer, was born in Victoria, but having gone to New South Wales (where he was admitted a solicitor) at an early age, he played for the latter colony in all intercolonial matches. In the latter he made the best batting average, and also the highest individual score of 321 runs. From 1875 to 1884 he a played in eleven intercolonial matches, and in twenty innings, without once carrying out his bat, secured the magnificent average of 46.85. He is regarded as the W. G. Grace of Australia, and at one time was a fine wicket-keeper, but later on he generally fielded at point. He has four times captained representative Australian elevens in England, namely, in 1880, 1882, 1884, and 1890. Mr. Murdoch, who may now be said to have retired, is living in England. During the previous few years he resided in Melbourne, and married a daughter of the well-known mining millionaire Mr. J. B. Watson.