Don Shepherd

Don Shepherd

Don Shepherd

Full Name

Donald John Shepherd


August 12, 1927, Port Eynon, Glamorgan, Wales


August 18, 2017 (aged 90y 6d)

Batting Style

Right hand bat


Coach, Commentator


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

Career Averages

Batting & Fielding
List A73432019025*8.2600180
List A7334751937995/315/3119.5635.10110

Debut/Last Matches - Player

FC Matches
1950 - 1972
List A Matches
1963 - 1972


The cover of the ACSH book on Don Shepherd
Don Shepherd sends down a delivery for Glamorgan
Tony Lewis, Alan Jones and Don Shepherd depart for an MCC tour of the Far East
The 1969 Glamorgan team
Don Shepherd took his 2000th first-class wicket during Glamorgan's Championship-winning summer
Don Shepherd bowling