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Full name Richard George Duckfield
Born July 2, 1907, Maesteg, Glamorgan, Wales
Died December 30, 1959, Bridgend, Glamorgan, Wales (aged 52 years 181 days)
Major teams Glamorgan
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Dick Duckfield was a right-handed batsman from Maesteg who scored an "excellent" - Wisden's word - century for the Players against the Gentlemen at The Oval in 1934, reaching 106 in only two hours, against a substandard attack. On the same ground two years later he scored 280 not out against Surrey, the highest score then made for Glamorgan. Otherwise, his form was ordinary; he retired in 1938 having scored exactly 7,000 runs, average 26.61.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Dick Duckfield established a Glamorgan batting record in 1936 with an unbeaten 280 against Surrey at The Oval, compiled in five-and-a-half hours, with 39 fours. At the time, it was the highest individual innings in the club's history, and a very bright future was predicted for the Maesteg-born batsman. However, within two years Duckfield had retired from the county game after a loss of confidence. Duckfield made his Glamorgan debut in 1930, and in 1932 the right-hand batsman secured a regular place in the
county's middle order. He recorded his maiden first-class hundred in 1933 against Middlesex, and passed 1000 runs for the first time in his career. He consolidated on this headway in 1934 with two further centuries, and was also selected to play for the Players against the Gentlemen. His marathon efforts at The Oval proved that Duckfield had the temperament to compile large innings, but soon afterwards, he started to doubt his ability in the field and found it increasingly difficult to either catch a ball in the air or field a ball running along the ground. As this preyed on his mind, Duckfield lost his place in the county's side, and retired from professional cricket at the end of the 1938 season.
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