Peter Judge entered cricket`s record books in 1946 when he was dismissed by two consecutive balls within the space of a minute during Glamorgan`s drawn match with the Indians in 1946 at Cardiff Arms Park. His unique place in cricketing history followed his dimissal off the last ball of Glamorgan`s first innings, and then when captain Johnnie Clay decided to inject some life into the match by reversing the batting order, Judge was bolwed by the first ball of the county`s second innings.
Judge`s career had begun with Middlesex, with the seam bowler making eight appearances between 1933 and 1934. He then joined Buckinghamshire and subsequently played League cricket in Yorkshire and Cumbria, before joining Glamorgan in 1939. The right arm seamer used all of his experience to claim 69 wickets in his first full season of professional cricket, including career best figures of 8/75 against Yorkshire at Bradford.
During the Second World War, he served with the R.A.F. in the London area, but was fortunate to secure enough leave to play in many fund-raising and exhibition games at Lord`s and in the Home Counties. In 1943 he was posted to Gloucester, and then India, where he added to his list of teams by appearing for Bengal and the Europeans.
He returned to Glamorgan in 1946, when he took 64 wickets, including a spell of 10.1-1-23-7 against Derbyshire on a damp Arms Park wicket. Judge was handicapped by a foot injury in 1947, and further bouts of ill health led to him retiring from county cricket at the end of the season.
(Article: Copyright © 2000 Dr.A.K.Hignell)
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