Full name Peter Francis Judge
Born May 23, 1916, Cricklewood, Middlesex
Died March 4, 1992, Camden, London (aged 75 years 286 days)
Major teams Bengal, Europeans (India), Glamorgan, Middlesex
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm fast-medium
Education St Paul's School
|First-class span||1933 - 1947|
Peter Judge was a skilful fastish medium right-arm bowler who made a remarkable entry into first-class cricket as a 17-year-old in August 1933, only weeks after he had left St Paul's School. Middlesex gave him a game against Surrey at The Oval; he took 5 for 77 in 37 overs and 4 for 62, one of the best first-class debuts a bowler has ever had. In the next game, against Derbyshire at Lord's, he rapidly dismissed the first three batsmen and finished with an analysis of 20-10-27-5. Everything after that was an anticlimax. He only played a handful of matches the following year and then disappeared from the first-class game until 1939 when he became a professional for Glamorgan, taking 69 wickets, including eight for 75 against Yorkshire at Bradford. In the war, he was in the RAF and played some first-class cricket in India. He then returned to Glamorgan and continued to take useful wickets, including seven for 23 on a drying Cardiff pitch against Derbyshire, before injury forced him to retire in 1947. The previous season Judge had the bizarre experience of being dismissed for nought twice inside a minute. In the game against the Indians at Cardiff, he was bowled by C. T. Sarwate at the end of the first innings, at which point Glamorgan followed on. But with little time left, the captain Johnnie Clay decided to give the crowd some entertainment, so he waived the ten minutes between innings, and reversed his batting order. The batsmen then at the crease stayed out there and Sarwate bowled Judge again, first ball.
Wisden Cricketers' Almanack
Also: the fastest Indian to 50 wickets, and Yasir Shah's unwanted "double-hundred"