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Edmund David holds a special place in the history of Glamorgan CCC, having led the county in their first-ever match against Warwickshire in June 1889. He struck the first blow in the game by winning the toss and electing to bat, but this was the high point of the match for the Welsh county as David, like his colleagues, struggled against the talented Warwickshire attack. He made just 0 and 2, as the Welsh county were comfortably defeated, but the former pupil of Cheltenham College subsequently secured a regular place in the county’s middle order over the course of the next ten years as they sought higher recognition.
His finest game was against Monmouthshire at Newport in 1896 when he produced career-best performances with both bat and ball, making 85 and returning figures of 4/48 with his nagging off-cutters. Although past his best, David also figured in Glamorgan`s side in the Minor County Championship during 1897 and 1898, with his final appearance for the Welsh county coming in 1900 when he appeared, at number nine, in the one-day encounter against WM Brownlee’s XI.
Edmund was the son of William David, the influential Rector of St. Fagans. After leaving Cheltenham College, he became a leading figure with the South Wales CC for whom he played his first major match against the 1878 Australians at Swansea making 8 and 1. He subsequently became a leading figure with both the St. Fagans and Fairwater clubs, besides serving on the Glamorgan committee between 1888 and 1907.
He served as Land Agent for the Margam Estate, on whose property he helped to oversee the creation of the Margam cricket pitch. He also served on the Port Talbot town council whilst his son Rodney, played for Glamorgan between 1925 and 1929. Edmund was also President of the Land Agents Society in 1931.
DAVID, Edmund Ussher.
Born – St. Fagans, 24 April 1860.
Died – Nottage, 26 July 1942.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 48 and 1/15 v Cornwall at Penzance, 1898.
Minor County Friendlies – 85 and 4/48 v Monmouthshire at Rodney Parade, Newport, 1896.