MICHAEL FRANCIS SHEPHERDSON

Category: Athlete
Sport: Cricket and Hockey
Year Inducted: 2010

Mike Shepherdson as he is often called, hails from Sentul, Kuala Lumpur and is the eldest of the famous Shepherdson brothers, Christie, Denis, and Vivian.  Mike started playing cricket in the railway Recreation Club in Sentul.  This Club apparently was the breeding ground of many other cricket and hockey players who went on to represent the Nation. Mike represented St. John’s Institution in both cricket and hockey.  He represented Selangor in 1949 while still a schoolboy.  His cricketing prowess shone further when he joined National Electricity Board (LLN) – Kilat Club.  He represented the Club in both cricket and hockey.

Mike Shepherdson was arguably the greatest batsman to grace the local scene.  He was a sight to behold when in full flight.  The appearance of Mike walking in from the Pavilion to the middle was a sight. A man of slight build.  His folded sleeves and creased flannels was a picture of elegance.  His appearance at the crease brought fear to the opposing team.  His great forte was his footwork and timing.  He had a very good defense.  He played his shots with considerable elegance and unruffled calm.  He sees the ball much earlier than other batsman.  His drives through the covers and in between gully and slips can often be described as copy book shots .  He could have found a place in any County side in his hey days. He captained the Selangor State from 1962 and had been an automatic choice for the National side since 1955 and captaining the side on several occasions.  He has played regularly in the Inter-Port matches against Hong Kong and all the visiting teams in Malaysia.

Mike best achievements against Hong Kong were 83 not out in 1955, a record 4th wicket partnership of 236 when he scored 132 with Ray Milner 107 in 1961, 107 in 1963, 70 in 1965 and 88 not out in 1973.  His name has been mentioned in the Wisdens. Against E.W.Swanton’s Commonwealth XI in 1964 he scored a brilliant 70 in 47 minutes for M.C.A. President’s XI.  He had scored several centuries for the Club, State and in Government Services Tournaments.

Mike was awarded the National Sportsman of the Year award for cricket in 1966.He is a cricket and hockey international double having the honour of representing the country in both cricket and hockey.

Represented Malaya in hockey at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Asian Games at Tokyo in 1958 and at the Jakarta games in 1962.  He was voted the 2nd best Centre Half in the world after the Melbourne Olympics.  Captained the kilat Club, Selangor State and Malaysia in Hockey.

For his achievements in sports the D.Y.M.M Sultan of Selangor awarded Mike the P.J.K in 1964

Achievement :

  • Cricket
    • 1949 – Represented Selangor
    • 1955- 1973 – Represented Malaysia
    • 1962 – Selangor State Captain
    • 1964 – Commonwealth Games
  • Hockey
    • 1956- Olympic Games Melbourne
    • 1958 – Asian Games Tokyo
    • 1962 – Asian Games Jakarta

Awards :

  • 1964 – P.J.K D.Y.M.M Sultan of Selangor
  • 1966 – National Sportsman of the Year