Jimmy Stone has a special place in Glamorgan`s record books as he recorded their first ever century against a touring team, reaching three figures against the 1923 West Indians at the Arms Park. The 46 year-old wicket-keeper made 108 and shared a partnership of 136 in an hour and a half with Frank Pinch, with their stand laid the foundation for a 43-run victory for the Glamorgan side.
Jimmy had spent fifteen years on the Hampshire staff, during which time he passed a thousand runs on three occasions. He had also claimed over 300 dismissals in 274 first-class appearances for Hampshire between 1900 and 1914. After the Great War, he moved to South Wales and joined Briton Ferry Town CC, where he qualified by residence for Glamorgan.
The Welshmen had lacked the services of a regular wicket-keeper in their inaugural season, and had used a variety of amateurs and occasional keepers. They were very grateful to have the services of the Hampshire veteran, who became a regular in the Glamorgan side after making his debut in 1922 against Northamptonshire at Swansea.
Jimmy retired from playing in 1924, but remained in the county game by standing as an umpire in first-class cricket from 1925 until 1934.
Born – Southampton, 29th November 1876.
Died – Maidenhead, 15th November 1942.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
First-class – 108 v West Indians at Cardiff Arms Park, 1923.