David Lloyd shares a record with Australian legend Shane Warne, albeit a rather unwanted one as both men began their first-class careers with three consecutive ducks.
Born in St. Asaph, his father had been a Football League referee and a decent club cricketer himself so it was no surprise that young David soon harbored sporting ambitions whilst a pupil at Darland School and aged sixteen the right-handed batsman and seam bowler made his debut for Glamorgan 2nd XI. He subsequently secured a sports scholarship at Shrewsbury School, before joining the Welsh county’s staff in 2012. Later that year he made his first-class debut against Yorkshire at Headingley, before getting off the mark in the second innings of the match with Kent at Cardiff.
He confirmed his rich potential in 2014 by scoring 243 against Warwickshire in a 2nd XI match at Coventry before enjoying a breakthrough season in the 1st XI during 2016 for David Lloyd as he posted his maiden first-class hundred against Cardiff MCCU, before adding Championship centuries against Kent and Sussex.
David also enjoyed a successful summer in white-ball cricket during 2016, with the highlight being a remarkable 97* from just 49 balls against the Kent Spitfires at The SSE SWALEC as he came within three runs of posting the fastest-ever hundred for Glamorgan in Twenty20 cricket. 2017 though proved to be a bitter-sweet one as he returned his best one-day bowling figures of 5/53 against Kent at Swansea but then missed much of the second half of the season including T20 Finals Day at Edgbaston.
He returned to fitness in 2018 and after making 119 against Gloucestershire at Bristol in the opening Championship game, followed by 92 against Middlesex in the List A game at Sophia Gardens, David became a regular member of the Glamorgan side in both formats and took over as vice-captain. No surprise that the 2019 began with David being awarded his county cap during the four-day game against Gloucestershire at Newport. It proved to be an eventful game as Chris Cooke was subsequently injured whilst batting with David duly having a seven-week stint as the Club’s captain, thereby becoming the first North Walian-born player since Wilf Wooller to hold this honour for Glamorgan.
2021 saw David register his highest first-class score and best bowling figures, as he enjoyed his most productive summer in county cricket, amassing – in all – 828 first-class runs, besides appearing in The Hundred for the Welsh Fire.
LLOYD, David Liam
Born – St. Asaph, 15th June 1992.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 121 v Surrey at The Oval, 2021; 4/11 v Kent at Sophia Gardens, 2021
In List A cricket – 92 v Middlesex at Sophia Gardens, 2018; 5/53 v Kent at Swansea, 2017.
In T20 cricket – 97* v Kent at The SWALEC Stadium, 2016; 2/13 v Gloucestershire at The SWALEC Stadium, 2015.