My Memories of Peter Walker by William Taylor

Peter Walker, as seen during 1961. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

I was saddened to learn that Peter Walker had recently passed away.  I am 72 years of age and when I was a young boy in the 1950s I read the County Cricket scores avidly in the daily newspapers. Glamorgan always caught my eye; always the same names – Hedges, Parkhouse, Shepherd, Wooller and Walker.

I used to go and stay with a couple in Bradford during the summers (I lived in Skegness) and attended the games at Park Avenue. During August 1960, Glamorgan were the visitors and it was a great match. I watched every single ball as Glamorgan set Yorkshire about 170-odd to win on the final day. They did it by one wicket but only because Ray Illingworth made a good half-century.

Peter Walker was playing in that match and I remember him so well. He took 5/63 in Yorkshire’s first innings and three in their second, plus (inevitably) four catches. His height made him stand out and what a fine cricketer he was.

That match has remained in my memory all these years. Once Mr Walker retired we all enjoyed his broadcasts and it was a pleasure to listen to him talking about the game we all love.

Rest in Peace, Peter Walker, a Glamorgan legend.

A rare one that got away as Peter, in the slips, dives to his left, watched by Tony Lewis. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

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