John Glover was a talented seam bowler who spent four years on Glamorgan’s staff during the early 2010s before a hip injury forced him to prematurely retire from first-class cricket.
Born in Cardiff and raised in Cwmbran, John had made his first-class debut for Durham MCCU in 2008 whilst taking a Humanities degree at the University. The following summer, the tall and accurate seam bowler took 5/38 against Durham – a performance which led to him having a trial with Glamorgan and subsequently securing a place on the Welsh county’s staff.
John made his Championship debut for Glamorgan during 2011 taking 4/49 against Kent at Canterbury, whilst in 2012 he showed his prowess with the bat, posting a match-winning innings against Northamptonshire, besides making a career-best 55 against Kent at the SWALEC Stadium to help lay the foundations for a Glamorgan victory.
After some useful spells early in 2013, his season was interrupted by a finger injury sustained at Bristol in mid-June, whilst in 2014, John made a solitary Championship appearance at Leicester where on the final afternoon, he played a match-saving innings with Stewart Walters. Despite an operation, his hip injury did not improve and in August 2014 John regrettably announced his retirement form professional cricket.
GLOVER, John Charles
Born – Cardiff, 29th August 1989.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 55 v Kent at The SSE SWALEC, 2012; 4/49 v Kent at Canterbury, 2011.
In List A cricket – 10 v Hampshire at The SSE SWALEC, 2012; 3/34 v Scotland at The SSE SWALEC, 2012.