Frank Pinch wrote his name into the Glamorgan record books by scoring a century on his first-class debut for the Welsh county. The Cornish-born batsman struck an unbeaten 138* against Worcestershire at St.Helen’s, Swansea in his maiden County Championship innings in Glamorgan’s inaugural season as a first-class county.
64 years later Matthew Maynard repeated the feat on his Championship debut against Yorkshire, but Pich had played for Glamorgan during 1920 in their final year as a Minor County and in his six appearances had scored a century against Wiltshire at Marlborough.
Pinch had first come to the attention of the Glamorgan selectors before the Great War as a free-scoring batsman and useful right arm seam bowler for Barry Cricket and Athletic Club. After the War, he completed a teaching diploma and moved to the Home Counties. Despite teaching in Kent, Pinch retained his links with the Glamorgan officials and continued to appear during his school holidays.
The stylish amateur failed to score another hundred in 40 subsequent appearances for Glamorgan up until 1926, but he continued to be a heavy scorer in club cricket. Besides playing for Glamorgan, Pinch also played for Wales in 1924, and for Sir Julian Cahn’s XI in 1927 and 1928.
PINCH, Francis Brewster
Born – Bodmin, 24 February, 1891.
Died – Ashford, 8 October, 1961.
In Minor County cricket – 109 v Wiltshire at Marlborough, 1920; 9/25 v Carmarthenshire at Swansea 1920.
In first-class cricket – 138* v Worcestershire at Swansea, 1921; 4/48 v Sussex at Arms Park, 1923.