Donald John Shepherd was born at Port Eynon in Glamorgan in 1927. This cricketer also played for the Glamorgan team and was known as one of the great county bowlers, taking more first class wickets. This includes 2,218 wickets at 21.32, which was an amazing record made than any other player in test cricket.
Donald began his county cricket career in 1950 as a fast medium bowler and also as a regular in the Glamorgan in 1952, taking 120 wickets. For the next three seasons, he was not successful and even appeared to have lost control on his temper. However under the guidance of his teammates, he performed well in 1955, bowling off cutters to off breaks at medium pace. This proved to be an instant success for his career. The following year, he took 177 wickets which became a record and 100 wickets in 12 seasons.
Even in mid forties, Don, as he was fondly known as, maintained his fitness and was a crucial part of the Glamorgan side which won the County Championship in 1969. In 1970, he was also awarded the title of Wisden Cricketer of the year.
In 1968, he even captained the Glamorgan team to victory against the Australian team. Till the end of the 1971 season, Don played cricket in regular basis and then retired from first class cricket after playing a few games in 1972.