Alan Lewis Jones became one of the club`s youngest ever players when he made his first-class debut as an 16 year old against Gloucestershire in 1973 at Bristol. The left-handed opener subsequently played for Young England, and in 1975 the 18-year old showed his immense promise against the Australians at Swansea, hitting a rapid 55 during a century partnership for the first wicket.
After completing his college studies, Alan secured a regular place in the county’s side, but it was not until 1984 that he registered his maiden Championship hundred, against Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens. After several years of waiting to pass this landmark, it proved to be a huge boost to his confidence, and he scored four more centuries that season, to finish 1984 with 1811 runs in first-class cricket.
But just when he was poised to confirm his potential, Alan sustained a shoulder injury in the opening Sunday League fixture of the 1985 season, and spent several months on the sidelines. It sadly proved to be a serious injury, and inhibited his fielding and throwing. After a further operation and a period of rehabilitation, Alan was forced to retire from the first-class game in 1986.
His son Matthew also played for the Glamorgan Academy in 2005 and 2006, before appearing for Cardiff MCCU as well as Berkshire in Minor County cricket.
JONES, Alan Lewis
Born – Alltwen, 1st June 1957.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 132 v Hampshire at Sophia Gardens, 1984; 1/60 v Yorkshire at Sophia Gardens, 1984.
In List A cricket – 82 v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 1982.