James Williams, who played for Glamorgan against the 1993 Australians, had been a promising schoolboy cricketer with Clifton College, before studying at Durham University where he won a place in the university`s side.
The right-handed opening batsman made his debut for Glamorgan`s 2nd XI in 1991, and in 1993 he made his first-class debut playing against Australia at The Gnoll – it was a fitting place for the youngster to appear for the county as his father had been a leading player with Neath CC.
However, with Steve James and Hugh Morris forming a consistent and productive opening partnership, it proved to be James` only first team appearance and despite scoring consistently at 2nd XI level, he had no other opportunities in Glamorgan`s 1st XI.
James left the county`s staff in 1996, and had a trial in 1997 with Worcestershire, but he subsequently returned to Glamorgan to act as their Youth coach, and he re-appeared in 2nd XI cricket for Glamorgan until 2001. James then worked for Rolls-Royce at Filton in Bristol, before securing a teaching post at Clifton and returning to his old school where he has subsequently become master-in-charge of cricket.
WILLIAMS, James Robert Alexander
Born – Neath 23rd July 1973.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 6 v Australians at Neath, 1993.