George Elers, a former captain in the Devonshire Regiment, kept wicket for Glamorgan during 1910 and 1911. In the latter season, he also played for the West of England against their counterparts from the East at the Arms Park having the previous summer struck an impressive 151 for Glamorgan against Carmarthenshire at Swansea.
The son of Charles Elers, who had played for Somerset, Dorset and the Channel Islands, George pursued a military career joining the West Somerset Yeomanry at the age of 20 before serving with the Devonshire Regiment between 1889 and 1899. During this time, George also appeared for Devon in the Minor County Championship in 1896, as well as the MCC and Seaton CC before moving to South Wales. George duly joined Bridgend CC and with Sam Brian going into semi-retirement, he had an extended run during 1910 as Glamorgan’s wicket-keeper.
Besides the 151 against Carmarthenshire, George struck an unbeaten 50 against Monmouthshire at Neath and he played again in the opening match of the 1911 season against Surrey at The Oval. But aged 44, his best years were in the past and with an eye to the future, the Welsh county’s selectors opted for younger glovemen. George duly served on the Glamorgan committee between 1912 and 1914.
ELERS, Capt. Charles George Carew.
Born – Lyme Regis, 2 January 1867.
Died – Torpoint, 11 December 1927.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 151 v Carmarthenshire at St. Helen’s, Swansea, 1910.