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Bernard Hedges


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Foreword by Don Shepherd Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Early Years 2. War, School and the All-Round Sportsman 3. National Service 4. Rugby with Pontypridd and the All Whites 5. The Early Years With Glamorgan 6. The Wooller Way 7. Shep 8. Gilbert Parkhouse, Opening Partner #1 9. 2,000 Runs in 1961 10. Thirteen Men 11. Alan Jones, Opening Partner #2 12. One Day Glory in 1963 13. The Incident at Llanelli 14. Retirement 15. Life After Glamorgan 16. The Amateur Professional Epilogue Bernard Hedges - Career Statistics Bibliography and Selected Reading

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Stephen Hedges is Bernard's son. He is a school librarian and lives in the King's Heath district of Birmingham.


`Bernard was a true sportsman and played the game with an honesty and sense of fair play that stood out ... He was a good player but more than that, perhaps, he was a good bloke, easy company and willing to do anything for anyone.' Don `Shep' Shepherd, from his Foreword; `Bernard Hedges was an inspiration to a generation of cricket-mad Welsh kids. That was partly, of course, because he was such a steady batsman - who could weather any attack and punish every loose ball - and a marvellous fielder ... but our admiration was particularly strong because we knew that he was a 'valley boy' who'd had no special coaching or fancy equipment. That made Bernard really special. Truly, he was a hero who lived up to my expectations on and off the field. Every team in every sport needs a Bernard Hedges to make it whole.' Neil Kinnock; `As kids, we grew up playing all sorts of sport in the street, including cricket. We had stringent rules with six ball overs with every player in our imaginary teams having to bat, and many times I chose to be Glamorgan's Bernard Hedges. We dreamt of being sportsmen. We wanted to be part of that exciting life and Bernard, along with all the Glamorgan boys, was part of that.' Sir Gareth Edwards

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