Cricket: Patriot games: The five from Glamorgan who have played a part in Ashes history
Sunday 18 May 1997
Surprisingly called up for his only Ashes contest at The Oval in 1948 - Bradman's last Test match. England were bowled out for 52 on the first morning. Watkins made nought and injured a shoulder, which made it difficult for him to bowl - he conceded 19 runs in four overs. He made two second time around as England were dispatched by an innings. Such inauspicious beginnings did not prevent him playing 14 much happier matches and finishing with a Test batting average of 40.
HE was part of the ill-fated 1950-51 series in Australia, which England lost 4-1. Appeared in two of the defeats, batting at five instead of in his usual opener's berth and made just 77 runs in four innings. His international career never really recovered from the trip, although he continued to make 1,000 runs for the county in each of the next 12 seasons and thankfully enjoyed a successful two-Test recall against India in 1959, sharing an opening partnership of 146 with Geoff Pullar, which was then a record.
HIS four matches in the 1965-66 rubber make him the Welsh county's most frequent Ashes representative. Only just 24 at the time, he took 15 wickets at 36 apiece with his flowing left-arm pace, including a haul of 6 for 118 in a losing cause in Adelaide. He also shared in a key last-wicket stand in the winning effort in Brisbane as the series was drawn 1-1. Jones would no doubt have played in many more Tests, but his career was ended prematurely when he tore elbow ligaments early in 1968.
THE dashing batsman's unfulfilled Test career might have been reborn when he was recalled after five years for the fifth Test in 1993, which was also Michael Atherton's first match as captain. But Maynard resumed with a duck as England lost by eight wickets and although he kept his place for what was only a token victory in the last Test at The Oval, he was not able to contribute substantially there either, making scores of 20 and nine, never has since and sadly in all probability now never will.
WHEN he and Maynard were both selected at The Oval in 1993 it was the first time two Glamorgan players had appeared in the same England team against Australia. Nor did the estimable seamer let them down in what surely will have been his last Test. Although he was overshadowed by the recalled Angus Fraser he took six wickets in the match and, though he was admittedly helped by friendly umpiring, he ripped out the Australian's top order in the second innings.
Compiled by Stephen Brenkley
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