Maurice Robinson played for Glamorgan for five seasons after the Second World War, during which he featured in a stand of 264 for the fifth wicket with Stan Montgomery against Hampshire at Bournemouth in 1949 – a partnership which still stands as a Club record – before playing briefly for Warwickshire, running a highly successful sports shop in Birmingham and becoming an international badminton coach with Germany and Holland.
Born in Northern Ireland, the short and squat all-rounder showed sufficient promise to accept an offer in the late 1930s to join Warwickshire’s junior groundstaff during which time he also appeared for the county in 2nd XI cricket. The outbreak of the Second World War saw Maurice join the RAF and whilst stationed at the St. Athan airbase he came to Glamorgan’s attention, and duly made his first-class debut against the 1946 Indians at the Arms Park.
He played regularly for Welsh county over the course of the next two years before being struck down with injury and missing all of 1948. He was restored to full fitness in 1949 but was injured again in 1950 and returned to the West Midlands where he and his wife ran a sports shop in the Kings Heath district.
Maurice played in eight matches for Warwickshire during 1951 and 1952, but was past his best as a cricketer. He subsequently focused on badminton, travelling the world to train some of the top players, and in this capacity was national coach for Holland at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
Born – Lisburn, County Antrim, 16th July 1921.
Died – Birmingham, 8th August, 1994.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 190 v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1949; 3/17 v Sussex at Eastbourne, 1949.