Hugh Davies played for Glamorgan from 1955 until 1960 before becoming a schoolmaster and cricket administrator with the Cricket Board of Wales as well as Glamorgan CCC.
Born in Pembrey during July 1932, Hugh shone at cricket and rugby whilst attending Llanelli Boys Grammar School, and after completing his National Service with the RAF, the brisk right-arm seam bowler joined Glamorgan’s junior staff during 1953.
Two years later at Swansea, Hugh made the first of his 52 appearances in first-class cricket against Gloucestershire at Swansea as he opened the bowling with Wilf Wooller. The welsh speaker claimed his maiden wicket during his second game for Glamorgan, away to Yorkshire at Harrogate where he dismissed Frank Lowson, the opening batsman, besides catching Norman Yardley, the Yorkshire and England captain.
Hugh’s finest hour on professional cricket came during 1957, again on Yorkshire soil where he played a key role in Glamorgan’s seven-wicket victory at the Bramall Lane ground in Sheffield by taking 6/85 in Yorkshire’s second innings. But just when Hugh had secured a regular place in the Glamorgan’s line-up, he sustained a knee injury and was only able to play in nine further Championship matches. He duly embarked on a teacher training course at Cardiff College of Education and subsequently played on an occasional basis for Glamorgan with his final appearance coming at Lord’s in May 1960 with Hugh claiming four wickets in Middlesex’s second innings.
After retiring from cricket Hugh became a successful teacher of Physical Education and Games, besides coaching at Glamorgan’s Indoor Schools in Neath and Ebbw Vale. Hugh eventually became a senior PE advisor for Mid-Glamorgan besides joining the Glamorgan committee. In subsequent years, Hugh rose to the position of Chairman of Cricket with the Welsh county, besides working for the Cricket Board of Wales from its inception in 1997, and serving as its Chairman between 2002 to 2011. His son Adam also had a spell on Glamorgan ‘s playing staff before following his father onto the Club’s committee.
DAVIES, Hugh Daniel
Born – Pembrey, 23rd July 1932.
Died – Cardiff, 2nd December 2017.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 28 v Essex at Westcliff-on-Sea, 1958; 6/85 v Yorkshire at Bramall Lane, 1957.