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July 2019
ISBN: 978-1-902719-56-6
Series: Cricket in Wales


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The Player From 'Ponty'

Stephen Hedges


‘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 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 and, when it was my turn to face the bowlers, I often chose to be Glamorgan's Bernard Hedges.'
Sir Gareth Edwards

'the first sporting superstar to come out of Rhydyfelin'.
Tom David

The Player From 'Ponty' is  the biography of Glamorgan cricketer Bernard Hedges, the talented sportsman from the valleys of south Wales who played rugby for Pontypridd and Swansea, represented a Great Britain side at football and became a widely respected cricketer for Glamorgan, who:


· Scored 17, 773 first-class runs - Glamorgan's 7th all-time top run scorer.

· Hit Glamorgan's first one-day century, v Somerset in 1963, in the Gillette Cup.

· Was one of only six Glamorgan players to score 2,000 runs in a season (2,026 in 1961).


Bernard's journey from his early days in Rhydyfelin – the eldest of eight children raised in a small council house – to the local grammar school, his National Service days, and to his professional career with Glamorgan is lovingly revealed by his son Stephen, who tells the story of the    sporting life of a man who epitomised the 'unsung hero' by showing great grit and determination to make the most of the sporting talent he had.



Foreword by Don Shepherd

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


Bernard Hedges - Career Statistics

Bibliography and Selected Reading


Also of interest

Not Only, But Also
My Life in Cricket


Easier Said Than Done
A Life in Sport

Always Amongst Friends

The History of
Blaina Cricket Club

'Lucky' Jim Pleass