Legendary Glamorgan all-rounder Peter Walker has passed away aged 84 after a stroke.
Walker played three Tests for England in 1960, finishing on the winning side on each occasion. It is his first class career for Welsh-based Glamorgan that catapulted him to cult status. Walker spent his entire domestic career with Glamorgan, playing an integral role in the county’s championship-winning season of 1969 as well as the side’s wins over the visiting Australian side in 1964 and 1968,
In all, Walker played 469 first-class games, scoring a staggering 17650 runs and claiming 834 wickets. Walker was also a fine close-in catcher and predominantly fielded at short-leg, or in the slips. His tally of 609 Championship catches is the fifth highest in the history of the English competition.
After calling time on his playing career in 1972, Walker transitioned into broadcasting. In 1996, he returned to cricket, becoming the first Director of Cricket Development of the Cricket Board of Wales and oversaw the development of the National Cricket Centre at Glamorgan’s headquarters at Sophia Gardens.
He also acted as an advisor to the Club’s committee between 2009 and 2010 and served as President of the club. The following year, he was deservedly awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to cricket.
Gareth Williams, Chairman of Glamorgan Cricket, led the tributes. “Peter was a club legend, a man who gave everything he could to the club he loved while playing, and later in an off-field capacity. He gave so much back to the game, in particular through his work with Cricket Wales and the National Cricket Centre, and through his outstanding service as President of Glamorgan.”
Hugh Morris, Chief Executive, added, “A combination of world-class catching ability, aggressive batting and accurate spin made him a triple threat and a brilliant all-rounder. He helped Glamorgan to win a County Championship title and represented England, making him a true legend of the club. We may never see another player quite like him, and he will be missed by everyone at the club.