Peter Judge has a unique claim to fame – he was twice dismissed within the space of a minute during Glamorgan`s match against the 1946 Indians at Cardiff Arms Park.
This unusual distinction occurred after Peter had been bowled by the last ball of Glamorgan`s first innings, whereupon captain Johnnie Clay decided to reverse the batting order in order to inject life into the fixture which was heading for a tame draw, and provide some entertainment for the sizeable crowd. Johnnie and Peter stayed out in the middle as the Indian captain reset the field , but second ball Peter was on his way back to the Cardiff pavilion after being bowled again!
Peter had begun his cricket career with Middlesex, for whom he played eight times between 1933 and 1934, before joining Buckinghamshire and subsequently playing League cricket in Yorkshire and Cumbria. The tall and well-travelled right-arm seamer then joined Glamorgan for 1939 as the Welsh county were seeking fresh talent with Jack Mercer’s immanent retirement. Peter duly took 69 wickets in his first full season in Wales, including career best figures of 8/75 against Yorkshire at Bradford.
During the Second World War, he served with the RAF in India and further added to his list of teams by appearing for Bengal and the Europeans in domestic games in the sub-continent. Peter re-appeared for Glamorgan after the War, but had lost much of his nip and pace and it came as no surprise that he retired during 1947 bringing the curtain down on a career which will probably be most remembered for that brief and bizarre passage of play at the Arms Park the year before.
JUDGE, Peter Francis
Born – Cricklewood, 23rd May 1916 .
Died – London, 4th March 1992.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class – 40 v Worcestershire at Ebbw Vale, 1946; 8/75 v Yorkshire at Bradford, 1939.