Huw Waters had nine years on Glamorgan’s staff before being forced to retire and the age of 27 with a rare form of epilepsy which meant he had a loss of feeling in his legs.
The former pupil of Monmouth School had made his first-class debut against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 2005 and went on to claim 110 wickets in first-class cricket for the Welsh county, with career-best figures of 7/53 against Hampshire at the SWALEC Stadium in April 2012. In particular, he developed a knack of reverse-swinging the ball with great effect and became a potent bowler in both formats of the game.
His dour batting and ramrod-straight defense also thwarted several opponents, giving reminders that Huw had first won honours at age-group level as an opening batsman. Indeed, so frustrated were some captains by Huw’s resistance that the opposition bowlers resorted to slow lobs in a bid to remove the limpet-like batsman.
In recognition of his splendid efforts during 2012, Huw was awarded his county cap during the final Championship game of the season but with his condition not improving with treatment, he was forced to retire and continue his studies at Cardiff Met University. A member of a well-known cricketing family from Usk, Huw has subsequently become a quantity surveyor.
WATERS, Huw Thomas
Born – Cardiff, 26th September 1986.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In First-class cricket – 54 v Surrey at The SWALEC Stadium, 2011; 7/53 v Hampshire at The SWALEC Stadium, 2012.
In List A cricket – 8 v Hampshire at Swansea, 2007; 3/47 v Durham at Chester-le-Street, 2007.
In T20 cricket – 11* and 3/30 v Hampshire at The Rose Bowl, 2010.