1965: ‘Shep’ and ‘Pres’ each take nine wickets as Yorkshire are beaten.

The cover of Jim Pressdee’s Benefit Brochure. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Glamorgan`s match against Yorkshire at Swansea in 1965 saw Glamorgan record a 31-run victory inside two days, with Glamorgan`s two spin bowlers, Don Shepherd and Jim Pressdee, each taking nine wickets in an innings – Pressdee in the first, and Shepherd in the second. Their feat took place on a Swansea wicket which took spin from the outset, and in a match where the highest individual score of 46 came from Doug Padgett in Yorkshire`s second innings as the Tykes chased a target on the dry and crumbly surface.

Aware that the wicket would turn, Wheatley batted first and only Alan Rees and Euros Lewis looked comfortable against the spin of Brian Close and Ray Illingworth. It was a great credit to the two Welshmen that Glamorgan made 140, as the Yorkshire batsmen were soon in deep trouble against the left-arm spin of Jim Pressdee. Three batsmen got into the twenties, but nobody, not even Geoffrey Boycott, stayed for any lengthy period.

The run out of Jack Hampshire halted the procession against Pressdee`s bowling, and stopped him from emulating Mercer`s feat of taking ten wickets in an innings. Even so, Pressdee quickly mopped up the tail, and ended with career best figures of 9/43 as Glamorgan gained a valuable first innings lead of 44.

Yorkshire opened the attack with their spinners when Glamorgan batted again, and they had no need to call upon the services of fiery pace bowler, Fred Trueman, as Ray Illingworth and Don Wilson made short work of Glamorgan`s second innings. For the second time in the match, Euros Lewis offered doughty resistance,  but wickets fell at the other end, as the Welsh county were reduced to 93-9.

Some `old fashioned` tail-end hitting by Don Shepherd and Ossie Wheatley then tipped the balance back in Glamorgan`s favour, adding 28 invaluable runs to set up an intriguing finale, with Yorkshire chasing 166 to win. Yorkshire seemed to have regained the initiative as Boycott and Padgett shared a productive stand of 64 for the second wicket, but when Boycott was superbly caught by Peter Walker off Pressdee`s bowling, it heralded a remarkable collapse against Shepherd`s off-cutters.

Only Jack Hampshire, with two mighty sixes and five fours, offered anything more than token resistance against Shepherd`s clever bowling. The experienced bowler took the final eight wickets in fairly quick succession, to finish with figures of 9/48 as Glamorgan completed another remarkable victory at their St. Helen`s ground.

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