Bob Haines played for Glamorgan during the early 1930s whilst working as a land agent in South Wales and playing club cricket for Barry. He subsequently moved to the Home Counties and acted as match secretary and organizer-in-chief of the British Empire XI which raised money for a number of charities and good causes, including the Red Cross, during the Second World War.
Born in Bristol and educated in Kent, Bob was the son of Alfred Haines the former Gloucestershire cricketer who later became groundsman at Wye College. In his youth, Bob played for Kent 2nd XI before working in the Vale of Glamorgan and playing for Barry Athletic CC, His decent record in club cricket led to the amateur’s selection for a series of games for Glamorgan during 1933. Bob cut a favourable impression by making 59 against Sussex at the Arms Park, as well as 52 against the 1933 West Indians also at the Cardiff ground.
The right-handed batsman and occasional left-arm spinner appeared again during 1934 but later returned to the Home Counties and played in club cricket for some of the leading clubs in the London area, including Ealing and Southgate. When the War broke out, Bob joined the Home Guard before using his wealth of contacts within club and county cricket to organize fund-raising matches for the British Red Cross and St.John’s Fund War Organization involving a British Empire side, which contained several well-known Dominion and Colonial players.
Bob also travelled to Cardiff to take part in Glamorgan’s wartime matches at the Arms Park during 1943 and 1944, besides arranging a game over the Whitsun Bank Holiday in the latter year against the British Empire XI. After the War Bob moved initially to work in the Torquay area and during 1946 appeared in Minor County cricket for Devon. He later returned to South Wales to work in the Ystradgynlais area and acted as captain of Swansea CC during 1950.
HAINES, Claude Vincent Godby
Born – Bristol, 17th January 1906.
Died – Lower Cwmtwrch, 28th January 1965.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 59 v Sussex at Cardiff Arms Park, 1933; 1/15 v Leicestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1933.