Profile of Arnold Dyson
by Dr.A.K.Hignell - Hon Statistician and Historian to Glamorgan CCC
Arnold Dyson holds the record for 305 consecutive appearances in Championship cricket between 1930 and 1947. During this time, the steady opening batsman formed a most productive partnership with Emrys Davies. The Dyson-Davies combination is still amongst the most successful in Glamorgan`s history, with the pair sharing 32 century partnerships.
The right-handed batsman and occasional wicket-keeper had moved from his native Yorkshire to South Wales during the mid 1920`s after having failed to secure a place on the county`s staff. He subsequently qualified for the Welsh county and made his Glamorgan debut in 1926. He soon won a regular place in the side, and developed into one of the most reliable opening batsmen on the county circuit, passing a thousand runs in every season from 1931 until 1947, with the exception of 1936 when he fell 65 runs short of the target after a loss of form in July.
He took a well-earned Benefit in 1939, followed by a Testimonial in the Championship winning season of 1948, during which Dyson made his final appearance for his adopted county. After the Second World War, Dyson coached at Oundle School.
(Article: Copyright © 2000 Dr.A.K.Hignell)