Jestyn Williams played in five Minor County Friendlies for Glmaorgan between 1890 and 1893. Playing cricket and other sports with a Corinthian outlook was in the blood of the second son of Judge Gwilym Williams of Miskin Manor who had been the first stipendiary magistrate for Pontypridd and the Rhondda.
With his father having been a prominent early member of the South Wales CC and serving on the committee of the Glamorganshire club between 1874 and 1876, it was natural that Jestyn should also wield the willow with good effect. Jestyn had attended Charterhouse where he showed promise as a footballer and cricketer, before being commissioned into the Third Duke of Wellington’s Regiment in 1887. However, he left after two years and returned to Miskin Manor where he worked as a coal agent, besides playing cricket Miskin Manor CC as well as Fairwater CC.
Jestyn made his Glamorgan debut against Monmouthshire at Rodney Parade during August 1890, but bagged a pair. Nevertheless, he was included in the county’s squad for the subsequent games in London against Surrey and the MCC, plus the game with Somerset at Bath on the journey home to South Wales.
He was chosen again by the Glamorgan selectors in 1891 for what proved to be a rain-affected contest with Devon at Swansea, whilst Jestyn also featured in 1893 in the trial match involving a Colts XXII as well as later in the season for the game with a Cardiff and District XI. However, he could not translate his form in club cricket into a sizeable innings for Glamorgan.
Born – Miskin Manor 14 April, 1867.
Died – Duffryn, Neath 16 June, 1922.
Career best performance
Minor County Friendlies – 16 v Somerset at Bath, 1890.