Peter Walker

Country: England
Born: February 17, 1936, Clifton, Bristol
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Left arm Bowler
Died: April 04, 2020 (aged 84y 47d)

Peter Walker Bio

Peter Michael Walker, a versatile cricketer hailing from Bristol, England, embarked on a remarkable journey in the world of cricket. Born in Bristol, Peter’s family migrated to South Africa while he was still young. However, his love for cricket remained unflinching, and he would later don the English whites with pride.

Despite being raised in South Africa, Peter’s destiny seemed intertwined with the cricketing heritage of England. In 1952, at the tender age of 16, he undertook an adventurous trip from the Cape to South Wales in order to visit his grandparents. It was during this visit that he found himself undergoing a trial for Glamorgan, his first taste of professional cricket.

Impressing the selectors with his batting prowess and an effective left-arm swing bowling action, Peter joined the Glamorgan staff in 1955. Initially hailed for his powerful middle-order batting and his ability to swing the ball prodigiously, he steadily developed into an orthodox left-arm spinner as his career progressed. However, it was Peter’s fielding prowess that truly set him apart. Standing tall at 6’4″, he stationed himself predominantly in slip or short leg, where he would go on to take a staggering 656 catches throughout his illustrious career.

The year 1959 proved to be a defining moment for Peter, as he showcased his all-round skills and had a breakthrough season with Glamorgan. A remarkable performance that year saw him accumulate a staggering 1564 runs and claim 80 wickets. This remarkable feat ultimately earned him a call-up to the England national team for the first three Tests against South Africa in 1960. Despite performing solidly, Peter was subsequently dropped from the team and never had the opportunity to represent his country in Test cricket again.

Undeterred by this setback, Peter continued to serve Glamorgan with distinction, showcasing his proficient batting and bowling abilities. Many speculated that he would be appointed as captain of the county team when Tony Lewis stepped down in 1971. However, that honor went to Majid Khan, leaving Peter disappointed. As the 1972 season drew to a close, Peter made the difficult decision to retire from cricket in order to focus on his burgeoning career in television and journalism.

Peter’s passion for cricket did not fade, and in the 1990s, he assumed the role of chief executive of the Cricket Board of Wales, leaving an indelible mark on the sport. His contribution to the game was exemplary, both on and off the field. A towering figure in stature and skill, Peter Walker will forever be remembered for his exceptional fielding, versatility, and dedication to cricket.

Peter Walker Career Stats

Peter Walker Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 3 4 0 128 52 32 - - 0 1 - 2 5 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 469 788 110 17650 152* 26.03 - - 13 92 - - 697 0
List A 72 68 7 1218 79 19.96 - - 0 4 - - 32 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Peter Walker Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 3 3 78 34 0 - - - 2.61 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs - - - - - - - - - - - - -
FC 469 - 58129 23881 834 7/58 - 28.63 2.46 69.6 - 25 2
List A 72 - 1840 1065 52 5/21 5/21 20.48 3.47 35.3 2 1 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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