Arthur Porter, a talented all-rounder, appeared for Glamorgan either side of the Second World War.
He had first played League cricket for Enfield CC in Lancashire during the late 1920s before joining the police force and moving to South Wales. Arthur joined Newport CC, and after some impressive batting and spin bowling performances, he was called up by Glamorgan in 1936 to play against Worcestershire at Neath.
Arthur continued to play both for Glamorgan`s 1st and 2nd XI during the late 1930`s whenever his police duties gave him sufficient time off. When Glamorgan regrouped after the Second World War, he secured enough leave to help the county out on a regular basis during 1946 and 1947. Despite his modest previous record in county cricket, Arthur showed that, like a fine wine, his cricket had matured and during mid-July he scored his maiden century with an unbeaten 100 against Lancashire at the Arms Park, whilst in the following match against Surrey at The Oval, Arthur reached three figures again as he posted 105 against an attack which included Alec Bedser and Alf Gover.
Arthur made a further sixteen appearances during 1947 – a summer which saw him make a fine 89 against Essex at Westcliff-on-Sea. He made one appearance in both 1948 and 1949, before gaining a post as a welfare officer with British Steel Corporation.
Born – Clayton-le-Moors, 25th March 1914.
Died – Newport, 20th February 1994.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 105 v Surrey at The Oval, 1946; 4/25 v Gloucestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1946.