Don Shepherd      

Full name Donald John Shepherd

Born August 12, 1927, Port Eynon, Glamorgan, Wales

Current age 87 years 136 days

Major teams Glamorgan

Batting style Right-hand bat

Other Coach, Commentator

Donald John Shepherd
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave 100 50 Ct St
First-class 668 837 248 5696 73 9.67 0 5 251 0
List A 73 43 20 190 25* 8.26 0 0 18 0
Bowling averages
Mat Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
First-class 668 132592 47302 2218 9/47 21.32 2.14 59.7 123 28
List A 73 3475 1937 99 5/31 5/31 19.56 3.34 35.1 1 1 0
Career statistics
First-class span 1950-1972
List A span 1963-1972
Profile

Initially a right-arm fast-medium seamer and subsequently a medium-paced offcutter, Don Shepherd was a stalwart of Glamorgan cricket for two decades, taking a county record of 2, 174 wickets between 1950 and 1972. In all first-class cricket, he claimed 2,218 victims, yet remarkably, Shepherd never played in Test cricket. His remarkable record also spoke volumes both for his ability and perseverance. As a fast-medium bowler, he took 155 wickets in 1952, winning his county cap, but he lost his form in the mid 1950s and converted to bowling offcutters as a result. In the first season of this change - 1956 - he took 168 wickets, and he exceeded 100 wickets 11 more times. His stamina and ability to bowl well on most types of pitch made him a godsend to successive captains. His batting was exciting, as evidenced by a 15-minute fifty against the Australians in 1961. But despite this, he never won an England call-up, although he did tour Ceylon and Far East with MCC in 1969-70 and was one of Wisden's Cricketers of the Year in 1970. After retiring, he kept a close link with the county game by acting as their bowling coaching, as well as broadcasting with BBC Radio Wales.
Martin Williamson

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Mar 1, 2000

The cover of the ACSH book on Don Shepherd

The cover of the ACSH book on Don Shepherd

© Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Nov 11, 1970

Tony Lewis, Alan Jones and Don Shepherd depart for an MCC tour of the Far East

Tony Lewis, Alan Jones and Don Shepherd depart for an MCC tour of the Far East

© Playfair Cricket Monthly

Jun 9, 1968

Don Shepherd bowling

Don Shepherd bowling

© Playfair Cricket Monthly

Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1970

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