Harry Tomlinson had a fine record in club cricket in Briton Ferry, either side of the First World War, playing for both the Steelworks and Town clubs.
The left-handed batsman and off-spin bowler had first enjoyed success with the Barwell club in his native Leicestershire and had been invited to trials by the county club. He subsequently played as a professional in the Midlands before moving to South Wales in 1911 and joining Briton Ferry Steel. He also secured work at the Gwalia Tinplate Works and having married the sister of Tuan James, he subsequently spent the rest of his life in the town.
Harry made his Glamorgan debut during 1920 as the selectors ran their eyes over the professional and amateur talent in the area ahead of the commencement of first-class cricket. He duly scored half-centuries in his first two innings, making 50 against Monmouthshire at Briton Ferry and 73 against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli.
With other professionals unavailable in mid-June 1921, Harry was duly called up by the Glamorgan selectors for the match against Somerset at Swansea, and the following matches at the Arms Park with Derbyshire and Lancashire. He again impressed with a fluent innings of 36 against Somerset, and was called up again on three occasions in 1922 and twice in 1923. He met with less success though in these further appearances, with his final match seeing Harry make 0 and 1 against Lancashire at Blackpool.
Born – Barwell, Leics, March 1886.
Died – Briton Ferry, 29 November 1944.
In Minor County cricket – 73 v Carmarthenshire at Llanelli, 1920
In first-class cricket – 36 v Somerset at Swansea and v Northamptonshire at Swansea, 1921; 1/30 v Northamptonshire at Swansea, 1921.
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