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Century caps Pomborneit cricket skipper’s new baby joy

Pomborneit captain David Murphy. 140310AS44
Nanjing Night Net

POMBORNEIT skipper David Murphy will never forget his fourth division one ton.

The opening batsman blasted an unbeaten 154 in South West Cricket’s final round on Saturday against Cobden, less than 27 hours after his wife Lauren had their third child, Angus, in Warrnambool on Friday afternoon.

A sleep-deprived Murphy revealed the couple’s second son was due on Saturday.

But after getting home from training on Thursday night, he had barely put his head on the pillow when Lauren started having contractions.

They went to the Camperdown hospital about 12.30am before being transferred to Warrnambool at 8am.

Angus was born at 1.20pm.

Murphy got back to Camperdown about 10pm, had a quick sleep, returned to Warrnambool on Saturday morning to pick up Lauren and Angus and take them back to Camperdown hospital.

He left the hospital about 11.30am and only arrived at Pomborneit less than 30 minutes before he was due to resume his innings on five.

A damp pitch prevented play for an hour, giving Murphy a chance to compose himself.

“The whole weekend is a bit of a blur,” the 32-year-old said yesterday.

He remembered bringing up his first century of the season with an outside edge through a vacant third slip area for two runs.

“The ground was so slow because of the rain,” he said.

“I had to do a fair bit of running. A lot were pulling up a few metres short of the boundary.”

He accelerated after reaching triple figures, scoring his last 40 runs off five overs as his side easily achieved its victory target of 194, finishing at 6-243 when stumps were drawn 90 minutes early.

Murphy had little time to reflect on his third century in two seasons, racing from the ground to the hospital before picking up his other two children, Miller and Pip.

“To say it was a big weekend would be an understatement,” he said.

The win wasn’t enough for fifth-placed Pomborneit to climb into the four, missing the finals after playing off in the grand final last season.

“After the year we’ve had, it was great to get a win for the boys who haven’t played a lot of division one cricket,” he said. “It’s been a long year.”

Murphy is keen to extend his career next season.

Cobden slipped from second to third on the ladder but it didn’t change its semi-final opponent. An eight-wicket haul by young paceman Joe Muir lifted Bookaar to second after a big win over Noorat. Muir finished with career-best figures of 8-34 from 19.5 overs as Noorat was dismissed for 90, well short of Bookaar’s 203.

Heytesbury Rebels climbed to fifth on the ladder after an outright win over bottom side Simpson while the clash between top side Mortlake and fourth-placed Terang was a draw after no play was possible on Saturday.

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