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.