Norman Riches
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Norman Riches

Norman Riches
Norman Riches 1970.jpg
Norman Riches at a Glamorgan CCC function in 1970
Personal information
Full nameNorman Vaughan Hurry Riches
Born(1883-06-09)9 June 1883
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
Died6 November 1975(1975-11-06) (aged 92)
Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales
BowlingRight-arm medium
RoleOccasional wicket-keeper
RelationsJohn Riches (son)
Domestic team information
1925-1931Marylebone Cricket Club
1912Minor Counties
Career statistics
Competition First-class
Matches 104
Runs scored 5,750
Batting average 35.27
100s/50s 9/32
Top score 239*
Balls bowled 212
Wickets 4
Bowling average 28.00
5 wickets in innings -
10 wickets in match -
Best bowling 4/21
Catches/stumpings 49/6
Source: Cricinfo,

Norman Vaughan Hurry Riches (9 June 1883 - 6 November 1975) was a Welsh cricketer who played first-class cricket for Glamorgan from 1921 to 1934.[1]

Early life and education

Norman Riches (back row far left) during the Abingdon School athletics past and present fixture in 1900.

The son of C. H. Riches of Tredegarville, Cardiff, Norman Riches joined Abingdon School from Chard School in 1900.[2] He was a first team member of the football and athletics team and played cricket for the Old Abingdonians.[3]


Riches worked as a dentist. A quick-footed, attacking batsman who was a shrewd judge of a quick run,[4] he played cricket as an amateur for Glamorgan from 1901, initially as wicket-keeper. His first major innings was against Monmouth at Swansea when he scored 183 in 1904. Apart from two matches for Welsh teams against the touring South Africans in 1912, he played no first-class cricket until Glamorgan's initial season in the County Championship in 1921, when he captained the team, turning 38 during the season. His obituary in Wisden expressed the opinion that he had "the natural ability, the technique and the temperament" to have become a Test player, but had lacked the opportunity.[5]

Riches was Glamorgan's only batsman of genuine class in their early years.[5][4] He was an expert at placing his shots between the fieldsmen, and was particularly adept at the lofted shot with just enough power to clear the close field and produce two runs.[5] He continued to represent Glamorgan until 1934, and was captain again in 1929. He scored nine first-class centuries and in 1921 was the first Glamorgan batsman to pass a thousand runs in first-class cricket.[1] He was vice-chairman, trustee and patron of the club from 1934 to 1950. Riches also played for Cardiff Cricket Club from 1934 to 1947. He was fine fieldsman in the covers or the deep and a competent first-class wicket-keeper, although he was reluctant to keep wicket for fear of damaging his hands, which he relied on in his profession.[5]

In 1923 he played for the Gentlemen in the Gentlemen v Players match on 4 July.[6] In 1926 he played for Wales against Ireland in Belfast, scoring 239 not out. As of late 2018 this remains the highest first-class score made in Ireland.[7][8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Norman Riches". CricketArchive. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "Register". Abingdon School.
  3. ^ "Cricket reports" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  4. ^ a b "N. V. H. Riches". The Cricketer: 17. January 1976.
  5. ^ a b c d Wisden 1976, pp. 1101-2.
  6. ^ "OA Notes" (PDF). The Abingdonian.
  7. ^ Keith Walmsley, "First-class records in Afghanistan and Ireland", The Cricket Statistician, Winter 2018, p. 33.
  8. ^ "Ireland v Wales 1926". ESPNcricinfo. Retrieved 2018.

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