Bill Emery played twice for Glamorgan during 1922 and was one of the leading professionals in South Wales cricket until the outbreak of the Second World War.
The feisty seam bowler played during 1922 in the Club’s away matches against Lancashire at Old Trafford and Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. At the time, Bill was attached to the Hill’s Plymouth in Merthyr, but the following year he joined Gowerton as their professional and duly spent the rest of his life in the town. One of his finest hours in the South Wales and Monmouthshire League came in 1928 when he took 9/22 against Swansea with seven of his victims being clean bowled. Four years later, he returned figures of 7/5 as Swansea were dismissed for 21.
Bill also played for Wales against the MCC at Lord’s in 1925, and it was very frustrating for Glamorgan’s official that their flimsy finances meant they were unable to secure his services alongside the likes of Jack Mercer and Trevor Arnott. Had they had the cash, Bill would have significantly added to his tally of two first-class wickets for the Welsh county.
EMERY , William
Born – Pentrebach, Merthyr, June 1897.
Died – Gowerton, 13th December 1962.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 5 and 1/41 v Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge, 1922.