George Shaw made sixteen appearances for Glamorgan during the early 1950s but the off-spinner never fulfilled his early promise.
He had first played for the county’s Club and Ground side during 1948, largely on the recommendation of Club coach George Lavis who been impressed by George’s ability to spin the ball in schools and youth cricket. After completing his National Service in 1951, George joined the Glamorgan staff, having the previous summer made his first-class debut against the Combined Services in their contest at Pontypridd. In the corresponding game during 1952 George had his finest hour in Glamorgan ranks, with figures of 5/67 and 5/38 against a strong Services team.
George remained as an understudy to Jim McConnon and played occasionally during 1954 and 1955 but with Don Shepherd’s successful conversion to off-cutters, George – who had modest pretensions as a batsman – was released from the Glamorgan staff at the end of 1955. He continued to play, with some success for Ebbw Vale CC, whilst he joined his late father’s bakery business. He emigrated to Australia during 1978, but tragically six years later George was killed in a car crash near Adelaide.
SHAW, George Bernard
Born – Treharris, 24th October 1931.
Died – Port Pirie, South Australia , 1st August 1984.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 11 and 5/38 v Combined Services at Cardiff Arms Park, 1952.