Brian Lewis, an off-spinner from Maesteg, was a member of the Glamorgan side which defeated the 1968 Australians at Swansea.
He had joined the Glamorgan staff in 1965 after a year at Lord’s on the MCC groundstaff and was chiefly an understudy to Don Shepherd and Roger Davis. Having made his first-class debut in 1965 against Lancashire at Swansea, Brian got an extended run in the 1st XI during 1967 and 1968. In May 1968 he helped to spin Glamorgan to victory at Southampton as he took 4/46 and 7/28 as Glamorgan defeated Hampshire by two wickets. Three months later he played a hand in the historic victory over the Australians, taking 4/51 in their first innings, plus three more in the second innings as he was cleverly used by acting captain Don Shepherd as the tourists failed in their quest of 365 on the final day.
This proved to be the finest hour of Brian’s brief county career. He did not make any Championship appearances the following year, although he did play at Lord’s in the Sunday League match against Middlesex and was released at the end of the summer.
Born – Maesteg, 18th July 1945.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 38 v Nottinghamshire at Swansea, 1968; 7/28 v Hampshire at Southampton, 1968.
In List A cricket – 4 v Middlesex at Lord’s, 1969.