Arthur Francis spent a dozen years on the Glamorgan staff and played in a total of 238 matches for the 1st XI from 1973 until 1984.
The right-handed batsman from Clydach spent time on the MCC groundstaff before making his first-class debut against Lancashire at Swansea during. After success in Glamorgan`s middle-order in both the 1st and 2nd XI, Arthur moved up to the number three spot and in 1977 he made his maiden century with an innings of 110 against Warwickshire at Nuneaton.
It was however to be a further five summers before he posted his next Championship hundred with 1982 being Arthur’s most successful summer, and a year when he won his county cap, as he passed a thousand runs for the only time in his career, besides making 127 against Somerset at Taunton and an unbeaten 142 against Kent at Canterbury
He failed to recapture this form in subsequent seasons, and left the county`s staff at the end of the 1984 season. During his career, Arthur had also struck a fine hundred against Warwickshire at Edgbaston in a televised Sunday League match in 1980.
FRANCIS, David Arthur
Born – Clydach, 29th November 1953.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 142* v Kent at Canterbury, 1982.
In List A cricket – 101* v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 1980.