Previous Glamorgan and England allrounder Peter Walker has died aged eighty four adhering to a stroke.
A reliable alternative with bat and ball, Walker’s standout attribute was his near catching: he managed 697 catches in excess of the training course of his very first-class job, which includes a club-record 656 for Glamorgan, with the extensive bulk at possibly slip or short leg.
Partly educated in South Africa, Walker invested two years in the navy in advance of setting up to engage in very first-class cricket, producing his debut in 1956. He passed the one thousand-run mark in 11 independent seasons as an attacking center-get batsman, and soon after setting up out as a left-arm swing bowler, he made into a left-arm orthodox spinner to the conclusion of his job.
He manufactured his Exam debut aged 24, producing 9 and 37 in a acquire from South Africa at Edgbaston, and added his only half-century at Lord’s two weeks later. But three games – and three wins – into his England job, he was left out and was by no means referred to as upon all over again. Alongside Martin Saggers and Toby Roland-Jones, he is one of three males to have played three Tests or much more in his England job even though maintaining a 100% acquire record in the submit-war era.
He was a crucial portion of the Glamorgan side that went undefeated in the 1969 County Championship year, which culminated in the club’s 2nd title, and retired in 1972 to more his broadcasting job with the BBC, exactly where he was the deal with of Sunday League coverage for a number of years.
He went on to develop into an administrator, and was a driving drive behind the creation of the National Cricket Centre for Wales at Sophia Gardens. In 2010, he was awarded an MBE for products and services to cricket, largely for his part at the centre.
He later had a short stint as Glamorgan president, setting up his tenure in March 2009 but resigning in November 2010 adhering to the sacking of Jamie Dalrymple as captain and the departure of Matthew Maynard as coach.