Hal Jarrett had the distinction of taking a wicket with his first-ever delivery for Glamorgan in first-class cricket.
Born in South Africa and educated in London, Hal had initially played county cricket for Warwickshire in 1932 and 1933, with the all-rounder making 45 on his debut against the Indian tourists at Edgbaston. Hal then had a stint coaching and playing in Kenya as well as Scotland, before moving to South Wales where he became the professional with Newport CC
In 1938 Hal was chosen by Glamorgan for the friendly against Sir Julian Cahn`s XI at the Rodney Parade ground, and on his home ground, the leg-spinner claimed a wicket with his first ball for the Welsh county.
Hal re-appeared for the county in their wartime friendlies in 1944 and, after the War, he acted as groundsman at Rodney Parade, in addition to editing “The South Wales Cricketers` Magazine” between 1948 and 1951. His son Keith Jarrett also played for Glamorgan in 1967 and won fame as a rugby player for Wales and the British Lions.
JARRETT, Harold Harvey
Born – Johannesburg, 23rd September 1907.
Died – Pontypool, 17th March 1983.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 3/18 v Sir Julian Cahn’s XI at Rodney Parade, Newport, 1938.