Cecil Spiller was a useful all-rounder who played twice for Glamorgan during 1922 as the Welsh county’s selectors desperately sought the winning formula in Championship cricket, besides cutting back on their expenditure.
His father was the Manager of the Spiller’s Flour Mills in Cardiff Docks, whilst his cousin was Billy Spiller the Cardiff cricketer and Welsh rugby international who in 1921 posted Glamorgan’s inaugural Championship hundred. With such a well-known, and prosperous, family it was no surprise that the talented amateur was called upon twice during 1922 to help out the struggling Glamorgan team during their away matches with Sussex and Hampshire – a time when the amateurs would have covered their own travelling expenses and accommodation.
Although he claimed three wickets on debut with his brisk medium pace at Hove, he did little else of note and was not called up again. He duly worked for the family’s business and continued to play in club cricket for Cardiff CC.
SPILLER, Cecil Willmington
Born – Roath, Cardiff, 19th August 1900.
Died – Roath, Cardiff, 5th April 1974.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket -14 v Hampshire at Southampton, 1922; 3/50 v Sussex at Hove, 1922.