George Lavis, who played for Glamorgan from 1928 until 1949 was the first in a long line of highly respected coaches to groom a steady stream of young Welsh cricketers during the years after the Second World War.
From 1946 until his sudden death in 1956 George acted as Glamorgan`s coach, and a host of young cricketers, most notably Bernard Hedges, owed their later success for Glamorgan to George’s wise words and the long hours of patient guidance in the club`s nets.
The Monmouthshire-born batsman had made his first-class debut back in 1928 as a right-handed batsman and seam bowler. He secured a regular place in the middle order during the early 1930`s, and proceeded to hit three centuries, including a career best 154 against Worcestershire in 1934. On occasions, he also opened the bowling in tandem with Jack Mercer but George lost his place in the Glamorgan side during 1938, before moving to Dundee where he also played for Forfarshire.
He returned to South Wales after the Second World War, and was appointed the county`s coach as they rebuilt after the War. George also agreed to play whenever Glamorgan were short of players, and he duly appeared on an infrequent basis until 1949. He took a well-earned Testimonial in 1950, before concentrating on his coaching duties, and carefully nurturing the next generation of Glamorgan cricketers.
Born – Sebastopol, Monmouthshire 17th August 1908.
Died – Pontypool, 29th July 1956.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 154 v Worcestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1934; 4/55 v Sussex at Cardiff Arms Park, 1933.