Former Glamorgan cricketer Bernard Hedges has died aged 86, the club have announced.
He died peacefully at his home in the Mumbles, Swansea, yesterday.
The top-order batsman had an 18-year career in first-class cricket, during which time he amassed 17,733 runs in 422 appearances for the county and struck 21 centuries.
He also wrote his name into the club’s record books in 1963 by scoring Glamorgan’s first century in a one-day game with an unbeaten 103, plus taking two wickets and two catches against Somerset in their Gillette Cup match at Cardiff Arms Park.
Hugh Morris, Glamorgan's chief executive and director of cricket, sent his condolences to Hedges’ family on behalf of the club.
“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 said.
“He will be sadly missed and our thoughts go out to his family.”
During his outstanding career between 1950 and 1967, Hedges’ first-class century total was bettered by only 11 other batsmen for the club.
The right hander had a championship-best score of 141 against Kent at Swansea in 1961, as well as 144 versus Pakistan in 1962 at the Arms Park.
He remains seventh on the club’s all-time top run-scorers list and he passed 1,000 runs every season between 1956 and 1963.