Alwyn Harris belongs to a small group of Glamorgan batsmen who have scored a century in the county’s matches against touring teams.
His feat also saw Glamorgan to their first-ever victory against the Pakistani’s and came at the Arms Park during June 1962 with his 101 coming during a second wicket stand of 195 with Alan Jones, a fellow left-hander and a good friend from their days as junior professionals. He did not bat in the second innings as an unbeaten 81 from Bernard Hedges saw the Welsh county to a seven-wicket victory.
Three weeks before Alwyn had also posted his maiden first-class hundred against Warwickshire at Swansea, with the batsman aggregating 1,048 runs in what proved to be his only summer of regular 1st XI cricket. Some excellent performances for Ynysygerwn CC had seen Alwyn play for the Glamorgan Colts whilst still at school and following his National Service with the Royal Engineers, he joined the Glamorgan playing staff in 1960.
After some solid innings for the 2nd XI, Alwyn was called up to make his first-debut in June 1960 against Kent at Blackheath. His county career began also ended in the Garden of England with his final appearance coming at Maidstone in 1964. In between, there were a further 47 first-class appearances, as well as the inaugural game in the 1963 Gillette Cup against Somerset at the Arms Park with Alwyn opening the batting with Alan Jones and becoming the first Glamorgan batsman to face a ball in a List A match.
Born – Aberdulais, 31st January 1936.
Died – Glynneath, 11th March 2018.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 110 v Warwickshire at Swansea, 1962.
In List A cricket – 6 v Somerset at Cardiff Arms Park, 1963.