Robert Hadley, a Cambridge Blue, played twice for Glamorgan in 1971 whilst a trainee doctor.
Born in Neath and raised in Port Talbot, Robert played for Welsh Schools between 1968 and 1970, as well as Glamorgan 2nd XI from 1969 before reading Medicine at St. John’s College Cambridge. The left-arm pace bowler duly won a Cricket Blue in 1971, 1972 and 1973, opening the bowling initially alongside Sussex’s John Spencer and later Middlesex’s Mike Selvey,
After some impressive bowling performances for the Light Blues ,Robert appeared in a couple of County Championship matches for Glamorgan during August 1971, against Leicestershire at Grace Road and Somerset at Sophia Gardens.
Several in the Glamorgan hierarchy hoped that he might be a replacement for Jeff Jones and add some venom and left-arm variety to the county’s attack, but Robert opted against being a professional cricketer and continued his medical studies, before becoming a GP in his native South Wales.
HADLEY, Dr. Robert John
Born – Neath, 22nd October 1951.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 4* and 5/32 v Leicestershire at Grace Road, 1971.