The Right Honourable Lord Justice Griffiths only had a brief career as a fast bowler with Glamorgan after the Second World War, but he subsequently had a most distinguished career in the legal world, before being appointed a Life Peer and a Law Lord. He also served as President of the MCC during 1990/91, thereby becoming the first Glamorgan player to achieve this honour with the most famous cricket club in the world.
Educated at Charterhouse, Hugh was in the school`s XI in 1940 and 1941, before serving in the Second World War and being awarded the Military Cross for bravely disarming a tank. After the War Hugh went up to St. John`s College, Cambridge to commence his legal studies. However, he also found time to win cricket Blue’s in 1946, 1947 and 1948.
It was whilst he was in residence at Cambridge that Hugh played for Glamorgan during his summer vacations, with the fast bowler and purveyor of out-swing making four appearances during the Welsh county’s Championship winning season in 1948 and playing at Northampton, Edgbaston, Grace Road and Hull.
After coming down, he pursued a highly successful legal career, culminating in his elevation to a High Court Judge, whilst he also gave judgement in the famous “Spycatcher” case during the 1980`s. In May 1985 he also became Baron Griffiths of Govilon – his family’s home area – and a Law Lord.
GRIFFITHS, William Hugh
Born – Marylebone, 26th September 1923.
Died – Ockham, Surrey, 30th May 2015.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 12 v Gloucestershire at Cheltenham College, 1947; 4/61 v Surrey at Cardiff Arms Park, 1947.