Norman Hever was Glamorgan`s strike bowler during their Championship winning season of 1948, and during that season, Norman`s fast-medium swing bowling claimed 84 wickets at just 17 apiece. It was a sterling performance which deservedly brought Norman both his county cap, and selection in the 1949 Test Trial at Edgbaston.
Norman had initially been on the MCC groundstaff and had played a handful of games for Middlesex in 1947 before securing a contract with the Welsh county. During his first two seasons with Glamorgan, Norman took 154 wickets, and was cleverly used by captain Wilf Wooller in short and very effective bursts. Amongst his returns in Championship cricket were 5/39 against Middlesex at the Arms Park, and then 5/34 when the sides met at Lord`s. He was a consistent wicket-taker during 1948, failing to take a wicket in just one of the 25 matches during which he bowled.
In 1949 Norman took 70 wickets, followed by a further 57 in 1950, as well as 63 in 1952. His role as a shock bowler meant that he never took 10 wickets in a match, but he still took five wickets in an innings on 11 occasions. Norman retired from county cricket in 1954, and after a short spell in Welsh club cricket, he became groundsman at Northampton.
HEVER, Norman George
Born – Marylebone, 17th December, 1924.
Died – Oxford, 11th September, 1987.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 40 v Leicestershire at Grace Road, 1950; 7/55 v Hampshire at Swansea, 1952.