Bill Davies, who played seven times for Glamorgan during the early 1930s, had a fine record as a batsman for Briton Ferry Town CC as well as a reputation for playing explosive innings in the South Wales and Monmouthshire League.
He worked at the local steelworks and had initially played for the Glamorgan Colts in 1932. However, it wasn’t until nine years later that he had his first taste of county cricket, as Glamorgan, mainly to save money gave greater opportunities to homegrown talent rather than hiring over the hill players from English counties.
He only made 8 on his debut, against Leicestershire at Cowbridge, but Bill unfurled some expansive strokes in his next appearance against Gloucestershire at Swansea, making a quickfire 32, followed by a lusty 21 against Hampshire at the Arms Park. However, the games against Northants and Sussex at Swansea, saw the more reckless side of his approach to batting as he was stumped in each match attempting some overambitious blows.
Three years later, he was recalled to the team for the visit to Yorkshire, followed by the home match with Essex at Neath. The latter was only the second Championship match at The Gnoll and many of his friends turned up eager to see Bill unleash some off his ferocious cuts or massive straight drives. Overambition got the better of him in the first innings as he was bowled for a duck attempting to drive the leg-spin of Laurie Eastman, but second time around he found the boundary ropes on several occasions and was unbeaten on 27 when Glamorgan, who were following-on, were all out. It also proved to be Bill’s final appearance in the welsh county’s colours
DAVIES, William David Edward.
Born -Briton Ferry, 26th August, 1906.
Died – Briton Ferry, 1st October, 1971.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 32 v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1932.