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Tributes to Glamorgan cricketer Peter Walker, who has died aged 84

In 2011 Peter Walker was awarded the MBE for his services to cricket Credit: PA

Tributes have been paid to former Glamorgan and England cricketer Peter Walker, who has died aged 84.

Arguably the greatest all-rounder in the county’s history, Walker scored 17,650 runs and claimed 834 wickets during a 16-year playing career.

Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris has led the tributes to the club legend calling him "a triple threat and a brilliant all-rounder" adding "we may never see another player quite like him."

Peter Walker set a host of fielding records with Glamorgan Cricket which still stand today Credit: Glamorgan Cricket

Peter Walker was a part of Glamorgan’s 1969 County Championship-winning team and was capped by England, playing in three test matches against the 1961 South African tourists.

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.

Our thoughts go out to his family, and his friends.

– Glamorgan Chief Executive Hugh Morris

Peter Walker was born in Bristol but grew up in South Africa. As a schoolboy in Johannesburg, he was coached by Allan Watkins and other Glamorgan players, so after a couple of years as a merchant seaman he contacted his old coach and was given a trial at Cardiff Arms Park. After two years of summer contracts, he became a full time Glamorgan player in 1956.

During his outstanding career with Glamorgan from 1956 until 1972, Peter set a host of fielding records which still stand today, including eight catches in the match with Derbyshire at Swansea in 1970, a club record of 67 catches in 1961 and a career tally of 656 victims for the Welsh county – 175 of which came whilst fielding to the off-cutters of Don Shepherd. Not surprisingly, the entry ‘caught Walker, bowled Shepherd’ is the most common dismissal in the Club’s annals.

– Glamorgan County Cricket Club tribute
Peter Walker during his time as a Glamorghan player Credit: Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Peter Walker retired as a cricketer at the end of the 1972 season and became a well known broadcaster, covering sport for BBC Wales and anchoring the television coverage of Sunday League cricket. He was one of the founders of Merlin Television, which became the largest independent television production company in Wales.

He later returned to cricket, overseeing the introduction of a nationwide coaching framework across Wales and the development of the National Cricket Centre at Glamorgan's headquarters at Sophia Gardens. He served as President of Glamorgan and in 2011 was awarded an MBE in for services to cricket.

Everyone at Glamorgan is saddened to hear this news. 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.

– Gareth Williams, Chairman of Glamorgan Cricket