All-rounder Bill Jones played in eight matches for Glamorgan during 1933 and 1934 whilst on the professional staff, before re-appearing in three matches during 1938 when the Welsh county had an injury crisis.
The miner’s son had first impressed playing for Pontardawe CC in the South Wales and Monmouthshire League with Bill appearing for the county’s colts team from 1929. He joined the Club’s staff for 1933 as the Welsh county made vigorous attempts to promote homegrown talent. Bill duly enjoyed a decent debut later that June against Worcestershire at Llanelli, where batting at number seven he made an unbeaten 51 besides claiming a couple of wickets as Glamorgan marked their first appearance at Stradey Park with a thumping win by an innings over their English opponents.
However, he did little of note in his other 1st XI appearances and with the Club’s finances still causing headaches, Bill was one of several professionals released at the end of 1934. He continued to perform well in league cricket and appeared occasionally for the Club’s 2nd XI before returning to first-class action in July 1938 for the three-day friendly with Sir Julian Cahn’s XI in July 1938. The game at Rodney Parade saw Tom claim 3/11 with his lively medium-pace bowling and with doubts over the long-term fitness and future of Jack Mercer, Tom was called up again twice during August for the visits to Bristol and Eastbourne.
JONES, William Maxwell
Born – Alltwen, 11th February 1911.
Died – Denbigh, 1st December 1941.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 51* v Worcestershire at Llanelli, 1933; 3/11 v Sir Julian Cahn’s XI at Rodney Parade, Newport, 1933.