Arthur Davies was another young cricketer to be bloodied by Glamorgan in their away match against Herefordshire during 1893.
In the case of the former pupil of Queen’s College, Taunton he impressed with the ball, taking 6/11 in the Herefordshire 2nd innings and won selection for the next game, against Devon at St. Helen’s. However, he went wicketless in the match and, like his two innings in Hereford, he failed to score.
Born in Llandovery, he had a decent playing record for the Taibach and Aberavon clubs, besides playing rugby for Aberavon and serving on their selection committee. In May 1893 Arthur was also chosen to play for the Colts XXII in their trial match at the Arms Park. He took 4/34 in the Glamorgan first innings, and impressed with the bat in his two innings. Nevertheless, when it came to playing for the 1st XI, Arthur was dismissed three times for nought!
However, Arthur did open his batting account later in August when called up as a substitute for Tom Hordley in the Cardiff and District side which met Glamorgan at the Arms Park. After scoring a single, Arthur took 3/44 as his team beat the scratch county XI. Arthur later became a successful coal exporter with the Cwm Duffryn Colliery, where he rose to the position of Director.
He also became a well-known figure in local politics and was mayor of Port Talbot. Arthur remained a loyal supporter of Glamorgan CCC and served on the county’s committee between 1924 and 1926.
DAVIES, William Arthur.
Born – Llandovery, June 1870.
Died – Margam, 1 March 1960.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 6/11 v Herefordshire at Hereford, 1893.