Schoolmaster Bert Peatfield, who played 5 times for Glamorgan in Minor County matches in 1903, can lay claim to being the Welsh county’s first-ever player to appear for England, albeit in a scratch eleven against the West Indians at Blackpool in 1906.
Bert had moved from his native Nottinghamshire to South Wales during the early 1900s to take up a post at Merthyr County School. He also joined Hill’s Plymouth CC and, following some decent innings, was drafted into the Glamorgan side in July 1903 for their Minor County Championship match against Devon at the Arms Park. Although he failed to repeat his run-scoring abilities on his county debut, Bert made an assured 44 against the Philadelphians a fortnight later, besides playing with confidence in their Minor County matches with Wiltshire and Berkshire.
However, soon afterwards Bert was on the move again having secured a post in North Wales at Rhuddlan Grammar School before gaining a teaching post in Lancashire. He continued to play in club cricket in North Wales and Lancashire and in 1906 was chosen to play in an England XI against the West Indian tourists at Stanley Park in Blackpool.
He served as a mechanic with the Royal Flying Corps during the Great War.
PEATFIELD, Albert Edward.
Born – Retford, 13 April 1874.
Died – Retford, 12 December 1953.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 22 v Berkshire at Reading, 1903.
Minor County Friendlies – 44 v Philadelphians at Cardiff Arms Park, 1903.