Ernie Carless was a talented all-round sportsman playing football for Cardiff City as well as county cricket for both Glamorgan and Devon either side of the Second World War.
He had shown rich promise as a batsman wicket-keeper in club cricket for Barry and Cardiff, and during 1934 he played in two first-class matches for Glamorgan. He continued to play for the county`s 2nd XI in their Minor County fixtures, and appeared as well in some of the Club’s wartime fund-raising matches.
After the War, Ernie became Cardiff City`s groundsman, and during 1946 he re-appeared in a first-class match for Glamorgan when they were beset by injuries and struggling to field a team. At the end of the summer, he accepted the post of groundsman at Plymouth Argyle FC, and in addition to looking after the Home Park pitch, he played Minor County cricket for Devon between 1947 and 1949.
CARLESS, Ernest Francis
Born – Barry, 9th September 1912.
Died – Barry, 26th September 1987.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 25 v Surrey at Cardiff Arms Park, 1934.