Jim Pressdee, Welsh cricketer, Died at 83


James Stuart Pressdee was born on June 19, 1933, in Mumbles, Wales, and died on July 20, 2016, in South Africa.

He was a Welsh first class cricketer. He was a left-arm spinner and aggressive right-handed batsman.

He made his debut for Glamorgan against Nottinghamshire at Cardiff Arms Park when just 16 years of age.

Jim won a Welsh youth cap at football and was on the books at Swansea Town.

He was a regular in the Glamorgan team from 1955 onwards, Pressdee scored a thousand runs in a season on six occasions, with 1911 in 1962 being his best.

Jim Pressdee scored 13 centuries including one for North-Eastern Transvaal.

The cricketer was an inconsistent bowler.

He took 71 wickets during the 1955 games, Jim captured only 54 during the next seven seasons, but then in 1963 and 1964 he came to prominence as an all-rounder, completing the double in each season.

During 1965, Jim took 9 for 43 against Yorkshire at Swansea.

He emigrated to South Africa in 1965 where he played for North-Eastern Transvaal until 1969-70.

Jim won the South African Cricket Annual Cricketer of the Year award in 1966 after taking 33 wickets.

Jim Pressdee went back to Wales in the 1980s and captained the Glamorgan Colts side in the South Wales Cricket Association.

Pressdee was the father-in-law of former South African cricketer and Glamorgan captain Rodney Ontong.

Jim Pressdee passed away at 83 years old.