Gwyn Richards was a key member of Glamorgan`s team that reached the final of the Gillette Cup in 1977.
The off-spinner bowled several accurate spells during the competition, especially in the semi-final at Swansea, where Richards returned figures of 12-4-17-2. Gwyn later shared a useful partnership with wicket-keeper Eifion Jones which saw Glamorgan to victory with fifteen balls to go, and a place in a major one day final for the only time so far in the team`s history. Gwyn Richards also bowled an excellent containing spell in the final against Middlesex, conceding just 23 runs from his 12 over allocation, as well as taking the wicket of Graham Barlow.
Gwyn had progressed from club and youth cricket to a place on the MCC groundstaff during which time Gwyn made his first-class debut for Glamorgan during 1971 whilst still at Lord’s and showed promise as a middle-order batsman. It was not though until 1976 that he won a regular place in the side from 1976, but during the summer Gwyn hit a maiden century against Yorkshire besides winning his county cap.
He subsequently lost form and confidence during 1978, and left the county`s staff in 1979. Gwyn has since run a sports retailers in his native town of Maesteg.
Born – Maesteg, 29th November 1951.
In first-class cricket – 102* v Yorkshire at Middlesbrough, 1976; 5/55 v Somerset at Taunton, 1978.
In List A cricket – 73 v Gloucestershire at Sophia Gardens, 1978; 5/29 v Lancashire at Swansea, 1977.