Hubert Prichard

Image credit (opposite) – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Hubert Prichard played four times for Glamorgan during 1899 having also played three years before for Gloucestershire. A member of the Prichard family of Pwll-y-Wrach Manor in the Vale of Glamorgan, he was a well-known figure in South Wales – and beyond – mixing a military and sporting career with good effect before becoming, through the marriage of his son, a member of the family of well-known novelist Agatha Christie.

The eldest son of landowner Charles John Collins Prichard, Hubert was born in Bristol and educated at Clifton College, Cambridge University and Sandhurst, Hubert opted, at first, for a career in the services. Shortly after graduating, he was commissioned as a captain in the East Yorkshire Regiment for whom he served until 1897. During his closing years with the military, Hubert appeared twice for his native Gloucestershire in May 1896, against Somerset and Yorkshire in matches at Bristol. In his youth he had been a lively seam bowler but, by the time of his first-class debut, he was more of a batter and a most agile fielder, especially in the slips.

After leaving the Army, Hubert moved back to the family home at Pwll-y-Wrach where he ran the estate, besides playing cricket for Bridgend and winning a place for three matches in 1899 in the Glamorgan side. The first came in mid-June against Surrey 2nd XI at The Oval and, having made 0 and 18, Hubert played later in the season at the Arms Park against both Monmouthshire and the MCC, striking a career-best 50 against the latter.

In August 1899 Hubert also played for the Gentlemen of Glamorgan against the Players at the Arms Park, before playing again the following May at the same ground in the friendly against WM Brownlee’s XI. Despite not playing again at county level, Hubert continued to play with good effect in club cricket for the MCC and St. Fagans, besides organizing matches in the grounds of Pwll-y-Wrach.

He maintained his military connections through service with the Glamorgan Yeomanry. During the Great War he was also Commandant of several German POW camps in Scotland, for which he was awarded the CBE in 1919. Married in 1905, his son Hubert de Burr Prichard married Rosalind Hicks, the daughter of Agatha Christie, before being killed during the Second World War in August 1944.

PRICHARD, Hubert Cecil Collins (later known as COLLINS-PRICHARD).

Born – Stapleton, Bristol, 6 February 1865.
Died – Pwll-y-Wrach, Cowbridge, 12 November 1942.

Batting and Fielding Record  

MC Championship 24 13511.77
MC Friendlies 23 07123.7511

Career-best performances  

Minor County Championship – 18 v Surrey 2nd XI at The Oval, 1899.

Minor County Friendlies – 50 v MCC at Cardiff Arms Park, 1899.