Cyril Walters was one of the bright young hopes of Glamorgan cricket during the 1920`s, and in 1934 he captained England against Australia at Trent Bridge. By this time however, Cyril was a Worcestershire player having joined the Midlands county in 1928 as their player-secretary.
Educated at Neath Grammar School, Cyril made his Glamorgan debut in 1923 as a seventeen-year old against Lancashire. He appeared regularly in 1924 and 1925, but only managed one half-century, against Worcestershire at New Road in 1924. However, there was no doubting his potential, nor his youthful flair in the field, which contrasted with the heavy girth and greying hair of several of his colleagues, so despite a lack of runs, his presence was greatly appreciated by these portly amateurs.
The elegant young batsman seemed to have turned the corner in 1926, when he struck two centuries at Swansea, against Warwickshire and Leicestershire, besides half-centuries against Somerset and Yorkshire, displaying a wide range of flowing stokes. However, Cyril had burgeoning interests outside the game and during 1927 he only appeared in the opening six games, before concentrating on his career as an architect and surveyor. He re-appeared briefly in 1928, but then announced that he was joining Worcestershire.
The loss of the gifted young amateur was not fully appreciated until the 1930`s, during which Cyril hit a career best score of 226 for Worcestershire against Kent at Gravesend in 1933. By this time, he had won the first of 11 Test caps, and went on to open the batting for England, besides being a member of the MCC touring party to India and Ceylon in 1933/34. Ill health and domestic commitments forced Walters into retirement in 1935.
WALTERS, Cyril Frederick
Born – Bedlinog, 28th August 1905.
Died – Neath, 23rd December 1992.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In First-class cricket – 116 v Warwickshire at Swansea, 1926