Stan Trick had a prolific record as a spin bowler in the South Wales Cricket Association either side of the Second World War and, on his few appearances for Glamorgan between 1946 and 1950, he proved to be a match winning left-arm spinner. Glamorgan must have wished that Trick had been available more often, but his family ran a highly successful motor business in the Neath area, and he opted only to play for the Welsh county on an occasional basis. He was also a fine footballer in his youth, winning schoolboy caps for Wales, and was even offered professional terms by Brentwood. But once again, he opted to stay in the Neath area,and work at his family's garage.
Despite his infrequent appearances, Trick proved to be wily bowler, and excelled on the dry, turning wickets at Swansea. In 1948 at the St.Helen`s ground, he produced both a career-best and match winning performance against Somerset, claimed six wickets in each innings with his clever spin and subtle flight. When bowling on damper and greener surfaces, Trick mixed up his left-arm spin with little swingers - both in and out - often keeping the batsmen guessing as to what he was goijg to bowl next!
(Article: Copyright © 2000 Dr.A.K.Hignell)
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