Malcolm Nash will always be remembered as the bowler struck by Sir Garfield Sobers for six sixes in an over during the match with Nottinghamshire at Swansea in 1968. But what is often forgotten is that Malcolm was not bowling in his usual style, and instead was experimenting with slow left-arm as the visitors were approaching a declaration.
Malcolm was a lively left-arm seam bowler who during the 1970`s was one of the best new ball bowlers in county cricket. Indeed, he was rated by the legendary Barry Richards, the legendary Springbok batsman, as one of the most difficult bowlers with the new ball he faced whilst playing county cricket with Hampshire. Malcolm owed his success as a left arm seamer to the knack of being able to move the ball both ways. Visiting batsmen were therefore unsure whether the ball would swing in or out, and Malcolm invariably dismissed several top order batsmen once the shine was on the ball.
He was also a highly effective and miserly bowler in limited over games, and frequently delivered his allocation of eight overs in the Sunday league straight through and at a minimal cost. Indeed, Nash still holds the record for the most economical spell for the Welsh county, returning figures of 8-4-8-1 and 8-4-8-2 against Lancashire in 1973 and 1980.
Besides his bowling, Malcolm was a swashbuckling lower-order batsman, capable of producing an explosive innings. Indeed, in 1976 he scored a century before lunch off just 61 balls against Surrey at The Oval, whilst in 1976 he became Glamorgan`s first centurion in the Benson and Hedges competition, with 103 against Hampshire at Swansea.
Malcolm also led Glamorgan in 1980 and 1981, besides playing hockey for Wales U23.
NASH, Malcolm Andrew
Born – Abergavenny, 9th May 1945.
Died – London, 30th July, 2019.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 130 v Surrey at The Oval, 1976; 9/56 v Hampshire at Basingstoke, 1975.
In List A cricket – 103* v Hampshire at Swansea, 1976; 6/29 v Worcestershire at New Road, 1975.