Gwynn Evans played in seven matches for Glamorgan during 1939 , and is amongst a small group of people to have progressed from club cricket in North Wales to a place in Glamorgan’s Championship line-up.
Born in Bala and brought up in St. Asaph, Gwynn was the eldest son of the Rev. Thomas Evans, the town’s vicar and he first appeared in county cricket for Denbighshire in 1933 as a steady right-arm seam bowler. He subsequently went up to Brasenose College in 1936 and won a Blue with Oxford University in 1939, taking 6/80 during the student’s match against Leicestershire.
His lively bowling led to an extended run in the Glamorgan side after coming down from Oxford, and he was in the county`s side in their final county match before the outbreak of the Second World War. As the away game with Leicestershire meandered towards a tame draw, captain Maurice Turnbull juggled the batting order, and it was Gwynn who was Maurice`s partner at the crease when the match ended as a thunderstorm broke over the Aylestone Road ground.
For both men, it proved to be their final appearance for the Welsh county – Maurice tragically died in Normandy in 1944, whilst Gwynn opted for a career in teaching in the East Midlands when the county game resumed in 1946. However, after success with the Leicester Ivanhoe club, Gwynn played a season for Leicestershire during 1949.
Born – Bala, 13th August 1915.
Died – Leicester, 1st April 2002.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 36 v Surrey at Swansea, 1939; 1/27 v West Indians at Swansea 1939.