1952: Glamorgan win for the first-ever time at Lord’s

1952 saw Glamorgan register their first-ever victory at Lord`s. Right from early on the first morning , events went in Glamorgan`s favour, as openers Emrys Davies and Phil Clift added 152 for the 1st wicket. Denis Compton`s chinamen prompted a mid innings collapse, but even so Glamorgan still managed to reach 266.Then in the final hour on Saturday, Don Shepherd, the young fast bowler, bowled a quick and hostile spell with the new ball. The 24-year old clean bowled Syd Brown with just one run on the board, and then in a later over, he repeated the trick against the illustrious pair of Bill Edrich and Denis Compton.

Len Muncer who delivered a match-winning spell against Middlesex at Lord’s in 1952. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Weekend rain then added to Middlesex`s woes as they struggled in damp conditions on Monday morning. Len Muncer reveled against his former employers returning the fine figures of 7.5-3-7-5, as the Welsh county secured a first innings lead of 143. Alan Moss and Jack Young then struck back for Middlesex, reducing Glamorgan to 28-3, as Allan Watkins strode to the wicket. The England all-rounder had been in many tight situations before, both for club and country, and he drew on all of his experience at Test and county level to launch a bold counter-attack against the Middlesex spinners. His fierce blows extended Glamorgan`s lead past the 300 mark, but the Glamorgan innings ended in dramatic fashion as Jack Young took the last three wickets in the space of six balls, as Middlesex were left chasing a target of 338.

Watkins still had the bit between his teeth after his fierce strokeplay, so after a brief spell from Wooller with the new ball, the Glamorgan captain introduced Watkins into the attack. It proved a decisive move as Watkins claimed the wickets of both Edrich and Compton in one superb over. At 99-4, and with all of their illustrious run-makers back in the pavilion, Wooller and the Glamorgan side knew that Middlesex`s hopes of winning had been dashed.

It was now a case of either a draw or a Glamorgan win, but the latter increasingly became more likely as McConnon and Muncer worked their way through the rest of Middlesex`s batting. It was left to Don Shepherd to deliver the coup de grace, finishing off the innings by having Jim Sims caught behind and then clean bowling Alan Moss to give Glamorgan a very well deserved victory.

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