Alan Rees was amongst the finest fielders in first-class cricket during the 1960`s, with the lithe and supple Welshman being a livewire at cover point.
Alan had joined the Glamorgan staff during the mid-1950`s as a right-handed batsman and seam bowler, and he established a regular place in the middle order during the late 1950`s after completing his studies at Loughborough University. He won his county cap in 1963 and had his most productive season in 1964 when he scored 1,206 runs in first-class cricket. His impressive tally included two centuries with 106* against Kent at Maidstone and 111* against Lancashire at the Arms Park
He was also a talented rugby player, appearing as fly-half for Maesteg, Aberavon, Leicester and Llanelli, and during 1962 Alan won three Welsh caps, playing against England, Scotland and France. At the end of the 1962 season, he opted to play rugby league for Leeds RLFC, and he turned professional. Even so, Alan continued to play for Glamorgan during the summer months, and in 1965 he achieved notoriety for being dismissed “handled the ball” during Glamorgan`s second innings against Middlesex at Lord`s.
Alan retired from first-class cricket in 1968, although he continued to play club cricket in the South Wales Cricket Association, and re-appeared in Gillette Cup matches for Glamorgan in 1970 and 1971, as well as in Sunday League games in 1972. He subsequently became a Sports Development officer for Afan Borough Council.
REES, Alan Henry Morgan
Born – Port Talbot, 17th February 1938.
Died – Morriston, 17th March 2022.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 111* v Lancashire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1964; 3/68 v Kent at Cardiff Arms Park, 1960.
In List A cricket – 50 v Essex at Neath, 1964.