Colin Metson was Glamorgan`s regular wicket-keeper from 1987 until 1996, displaying flair and panache behind the stumps.
The former Durham University student began his county career as Paul Downton’s understudy at Middlesex from 1981. Colin though was keen to play regular Championship cricket, so he joined Glamorgan in 1987 and it wasn’t long before his neat and quietly efficient wicket-keeping was winning high praise.
In Glamorgan’s Nat West Trophy quarter-final tie at Sophia Gardens in 1995, ironically against Middlesex, Colin won the man-of the-match award after a top-class display of wicket-keeping. He also set a number of new wicket-keeping records for the club, including a record seven catches in an innings against Derbyshire at Chesterfield in 1991, and twice taking a record match haul of nine victims, against Worcestershire at Worcester in 1993 and against Surrey at The Oval in 1995. In addition, he did not concede a single bye on six occasions between 1990 and 1996 when opposing passed the 400-mark.
Colin was also a competent lower order batsman, who often acted as the Welsh county’s night-watchman. He had also performed this job with Middlesex, for whom he hit a career best 96 against Gloucestershire at Uxbridge in 1984.
During the 1996 season, Colin lost his place in the 1st XI to Adrian Shaw, who was a more capable batsman. Colin was duly awarded a Benefit Year by Glamorgan in 1997, and left the playing staff at the end of the season. He played for Wales Minor Counties from 1998 until 2004, before working for the Sports Council of Wales. He was also a member of Glamorgan’s cricket committee before being Managing Director of Cricket during the 2011 season. Colin is currently CEO of Welsh Boxing.
METSON, Colin Peter
Born – Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire, 2nd July 1963.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 84 v Kent at Maidstone, 1991.
In List A cricket – 30 v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1990.