A century and a hat-trick: Emrys Davies at Leicester, 1937.

A remarkable match which saw a remarkable performance from Emrys Davies, Glamorgan`s opening batsman and left-arm spin bowler. In Glamorgan`s first innings, he shared in what was a record opening partnership of 274 with Arnold Dyson, and then in Leicestershire`s second innings, he capped a fine all-round performance with a hat-trick as the home team followed on and lost by an innings.

Emrys Davies (left) and Arnold Dyson, seen at Swansea in 1937.
Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Davies and Dyson were not the only centurions in Glamorgan’s innings as Maurice Turnbull a scintillating hundred in just two hours. His majestic innings contained four sixes and thirteen fours, and when he reached three figures, it was the first occasion in the Club`s history that three batsmen had scored centuries in the same innings.

Leicestershire got off to a steady start, before both openers fell to the flighted leg-spin of Cyril Smart. Turnbull could call upon a full compliment of spin bowlers in this particular match, as besides Smart`s leg breaks, there was the off-spin of Johnnie Clay and Closs Jones, plus Emrys Davies` slow left-arm. Indeed, it was Davies and Jones who shared seven wickets between them as Leicestershire were dismissed for 164 and followed-on 305 runs behind.

Norman Armstrong and Stewie Dempster offered more resistance a second time around, sharing a partnership of 155 for the third wicket, with captain Dempster making a laconic hundred. However, few of his colleagues were able to offer any lengthy support, and with a substantial lead, Turnbull was able to keep an attacking field and wait for the mistakes to happen.

It proved a wise tactic as the last eight Leicestershire wickets for just 68 runs, and during this dramatic collapse, Davies claimed his hat-trick, dismissing Geary, Bowley and Smith as he became only the seventh player in the history of first-class cricket to score a century and take a hat-trick in the same match.

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