Former Glamorgan batsman Bernard Hedges dies aged 86

Bernard Hedges
Bernard Hedges played 18 seasons for Glamorgan

Former Glamorgan batsman Bernard Hedges, one of the county's all-time highest run scorers, has died at his home in Mumbles, Swansea, aged 86.

He had an 18-year career in first-class cricket between 1950 and 1967, scoring 17,733 runs, including 21 centuries, in 422 games.

Hedges passed 2,000 runs in his best season, 1961, and remains seventh on the list of Glamorgan run-scorers.

He also played rugby for Pontypridd and Swansea RFC.

Hedges' rugby prowess led to a final Wales trial in 1950 as his cricket career was taking off.

He was the first Glamorgan player to win a man-of-the-match award in a one-day game, with an unbeaten century plus two wickets in the Gillette Cup match against Somerset at Cardiff Arms Park in 1963.

Glamorgan chief executive and director of cricket Hugh Morris said: "Bernard will be remembered as one of Glamorgan's most outstanding batsmen and a most popular figure in the team during the 1950s and 1960s.

"He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his family."