Ezra Moseley joined Glamorgan in 1980 and had it not been for a serious back injury, he would surely have been the club`s most successful overseas bowler, and one of the best overseas fast bowlers in county cricket.
Ezra was a raw 22-year old when he signed for Glamorgan, having impressed in club cricket in his native Barbados, but had no first-class experience. Even so, the fiery fast bowler burst onto the county scene taking seven wickets on his Championship debut on a slow Swansea pitch. The young Bajan ended the season with 51 victims to his name, and duly consolidated on this headway the following season with a further 52 at just 18 apiece, plus a hat-trick against Kent in their Benson and Hedges Cup match in 1981.
However, Ezra’s finest performance in 1981 came again at Swansea, where he took 6/323 against the Australian tourists, and despite the sluggish pitch, confirmed his ability to trouble Test class batsmen with his speed and swerve through the air. But just when critics were predicting a bright future for the West Indian, he broke down in 1982 with a stress fracture in his back, which required surgery and a long spell on the sidelines. After plenty of rest, Ezra modified his action and returned to the UK as a professional in the Lancashire Leagues. He also went on `rebel` West Indian tours to South Africa, as well as appearing for Eastern Province, where his skidding pace off a relatively short run made him a hostile bowler.
In 1986 Ezra briefly re-appeared for the Welsh county following an injury to Javed Miandad, whilst during 1990 he also turned down an offer from Surrey to be their overseas player, preferring instead to continue as a professional in the Lancashire Leagues. By this time Ezra had also become a West Indian international, appearing, in all, in 2 Tests and 9 One-Day Internationals. He retired at the end of the 1991/92 season during which he played for Northern Transvaal, and has subsequently appeared for West Indies Seniors and Masters teams in various tournaments.
MOSELEY, Ezra Alphonsa
Born – Waldrons Village, 5th January 1958.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 70* v Kent at Canterbury, 1980; 6/23 v Australians at Swansea, 1981.
In List A cricket – 25 v Essex at Chelmsford, 1986; 4/8 v Kent at Sophia Gardens, 1981.