Bruce Yorath was another cricketing medic who played in seven Minor County Friendlies for Glamorgan between 1891 and 1895 having enjoyed success in the Cradiff and District League for Canton CC.
The son of Thomas Vaughan Yorath, a town councilor, Alderman and chemist, Bruce followed his father into the medical world after training at Guy’s Hospital. Whilst an undergraduate, he had his first taste of major cricket as he chosen during August 1889 as a late substitute in the MCC side against Glamorgan at the Arms Park. Bruce made 8 and 7 in the drawn game, but did not appear for the Welsh county for another two years.
His decent recent as a batter in the Cardiff and District League eventually led to Bruce’s selection for three of Glamorgan’s games during 1891, starting with the match against the MCC at Lord’s, followed by the games on their West Country tour against Gloucestershire at Bristol and Devon at Exeter. He visited the later ground again in 1892 on his sole appearance that summer for the Welsh county during which he made a career-best 29.
Bruce’s medical duties prevented him from playing on a regular basis, but in 1894 he played again at Lord’s in Glamorgan’s match against the MCC before making his final county appearance the following year away to Herefordshire. His father’s business in Canton closed shortly afterwards, with Bruce then taking up a post in Abercarn before moving to Conwyl Elvet in Carmarthenshire where he became Medical Officer and Public Vaccinations Officer, based in a surgery in Pontyberem.
His move west allowed him to play for Llanelli CC and he lived at The Croft in Conwyl Elvet until his death in 1943.
YORATH, Dr. Tom Hywel Bruce.
Born – Cardiff , 9 September 1868.
Died – Conwyl Elvet, Carms, 16 October 1943.
Career best performance
Minor County Friendlies – 29 v Devon at Exeter, 1892.