Dilwyn Thomas, a decent all-rounder in club cricket, played twice for Glamorgan during 1939.
He had emerged during the 1930s as one of the top young all-rounders in the South Wales and Monmouthshire League, but with a relatively well-paid job in the tinplate works at Skewen, he turned down approaches to play professionally for Glamorgan.
With injuries to other bowlers during May 1939, he came to Glamorgan’s rescue for the away match against Essex at Ilford. Dillwyn duly took the new ball with Jack Mercer and claimed a five-wicket haul. He re-appeared in June for the visit to Yorkshire, but this time, met with less success with the ball and was wicket-less as the Welsh county went down to an innings defeat.
Born – Neath Abbey, 13th February 1905.
Born – Neath, 29th August 1996.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 14* v Yorkshire at Bradford Park Avenue, 1939; 5/64 v Essex at Ilford, 1939.