Glamorgan make 587-8 against Derbyshire in 1951.

The match against Derbyshire at Cardiff in 1951 saw Glamorgan compile what at the time was their highest total in first-class cricket, with the first six batsmen in the order all passing – a unique achievement in the annals of the club.

The match began with a delighted Wilf Wooller winning the toss on a firm, true Cardiff wicket, and the Glamorgan skipper was delighted to be able to sit back in the pavilion and watch his batsmen prosper against the Derbyshire bowlers. Emrys Davies and Phil Clift shared an opening partnership of 135, before Davies and Gilbert Parkhouse added 177 for the 2nd wicket.

Gilbert Parkhouse. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Parkhouse was in fine form, and his sublime century, included sixteen boundaries, all sweetly timed by one of Glamorgan`s most graceful ever batsmen. Willie Jones and Allan Watkins then carried on the good work, adding a rumbustious 113 in a fraction over an hour, as the Derbyshire bowlers tired after a long and quite fruitless day in the field.

On the second morning, Wilf Wooller did not take pity on the Derbyshire attack, and the Glamorgan skipper made a quick-fire half century to take the total past 500, before Len Muncer and Haydn Davies added some lusty blows to take their team to 587-8.

After declaring, Wooller let off-spinners Len Muncer and Jim McConnon loose on the Derbyshire batsmen. After their day and a bit of leather chasing, the visitors were quite demoralised, and they duly followed on 376 runs behind. Their captain Guy Willatt then played a captain`s innings, watchfully defending, but still punishing the odd loose ball. However, there was little support at the other end, and McConnon was able to finish with seven wickets in both innings and a fine match haul of 14/153.

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