Elfyn Bowen was a left-handed batsman and spinner who briefly played for Glamorgan during 1928, before re-appearing five years later in a match at Swansea. He was also a talented rugby player, and appeared as a centre or fly-half for Swansea RFC.
His fine record in club cricket with Gowerton saw Elfyn join the county’s staff in 1928 as an understudy to Frank Ryan. But his opportunities were restricted to just two games, against Lancashire at Swansea and Essex at Leyton. The following summer, Bowen suffered problems with his action and with a loss of confidence, the young professional was released from the county’s staff.
He returned to club cricket with Gowerton, besides joining the South Wales Police. After some fine performances with bat and ball in the South Wales and Monmouthshire Leagues, PC Bowen re-appeared for Glamorgan in the match against Northamptonshire at Swansea in June 1933.
Born – Llannon, Llanelly, 10th July 1907.
Died – Brynlliw Colliery, Gorseinon, 24th August 1965.
Career-best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 22 v Lancashire at Swansea, 1928.