Harry Lewis was a talented amateur cricketer who mixed his sporting activities with work in his family’s legal practice in Bridgend besides making one appearance for Glmaorgan in 1903.
Harry was a prominent member of the Bridgend club and, like his brother William, the MCC. In fact, his first major match was for the MCC against the South Wales Cricket Club at Swansea in a two-day game in August 1886. The nineteen year-old did little of note in the game, but it was a measure of both his standing and promise that he was chosen to play alongside the cream of amateur talent in the region at that time.
He subsequently appeared for the MCC in their game against Monmouthshire at Rodney Parade in Newport in 1891, before two years later appearing alongside a number of other MCC members in a scratch county XI which played a Cardiff and District XI at the Arms Park. Harry also appeared twice in Glamorgan’s pre-season matches during the early 1890s, on both occasions playing for the county’s colts team, first at Swansea in May 1892, and secondly at the Arms Park in 1893.
It was to be a decade though before Harry appeared in Minor County cricket. In the intervening years, the well-travelled gentleman had begun business interests in South Africa where he also acquired property in Transvaal, before returning to the UK in the early 1900s and continuing his playing career as a right-handed batsman and seam bowler with Bridgend and the MCC.
After some decent performances in club cricket during 1903, Harry was drafted into the Glamorgan side for the end of season match away to Devon. It proved to be his one and only appearance. for the Welsh county.
LEWIS, Henry Leveson Tamplin (‘Harry’).
Born – Lower Newcastle, Bridgend, 1867.
Died – Bridgend, 6 July 1912.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 12 v Devon at Exeter, 1903.