A Debut to Remember

Over the years, there have been some remarkable batting displays at Swansea. In 1976 West Indian legend Clive Lloyd scored the quickest-ever double-century on record as he raced to 200 in just two hours as he played for the Caribbean tourists in their match against Glamorgan. The following year, Glenn Turner of New Zealand and Worcestershire entered the cricket record books as he made 141* out of his county’s total of 169, with the Kiwi’s feat of making 83.43% of his team’s score being the highest-ever percentage in first-class cricket.

However, the record for the most audacious hundred must surely go to Matthew Maynard who in 1985 marked his first-class debut for Glamorgan with a remarkable century against Yorkshire at Swansea.  

Batting at number five, he had seen Glamorgan slip from 120/3 to 166/8 and with another defeat staring them in the face, Matthew decided to enjoy himself by playing his natural attacking game. Boundary followed boundary as he raced past 50 and, by the time last man Phil North was at the wicket, Matthew had reached 84 and close to an audacious maiden hundred.

Left-arm spinner Phil Carrick was bowling at the Pavilion End – the same as Malcolm Nash during his eventful over to Garry Sobers back in August 1968. But this time it was a Glamorgan batsman in the ascendancy as he lofted three sixes from three successive balls and in the process went from 84 to 90 to 96 and then 102. In so doing, the young batsman – born in Oldham but raised in Menai Bridge – also become the youngest Glamorgan player to hit a Championship century.

Rodney Ontong (left), the Glamorgan captain, congratulates Matthew Maynard after the teenager’s remarkable debut hundred for the Welsh county at Swansea in 1985. Photo credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.