John Nicholl played twice for Glamorgan during the 1890s. He was the eldest son of John Cole Nicholl of Merthyr Mawr with the Old Etonian being a handy spin bowler and on his county debut, during May 1893 against a Colts XXII at the Arms Park, he took 6/56 in the Colts second innings.
By this time, John had qualified as a barrister in Bridgend having read Law at Christ Church, Oxford who he also represented at cricket. In March 1894 he succeeded his late father as the resident of Merthyr Mawr House, and later that year also joined the Glamorgan committee. His standing within local society saw him selected by his colleagues on the club’s selection panel for the friendly in June 1895 against the veteran members of the South Wales CC. The game at Swansea saw John rub shoulders with many other leading figures from the legal world as well as former acquaintances of his late father.
In August 1886 John had played for the MCC against the South Wales club in their final game at Swansea. At the time, the young lawyer was training in South London and was also affiliated to the Wimbledon club. John continued to play for the MCC during the 1890s and appeared on their Wales and the Marches tour in games against Monmouthshire, Herefordshire and Glamorgan between 1895 and 1897.
In 1910 John became vice-chairman of the Glamorgan Quarter Sessions, besides rising to the rank of Colonel in the Glamorgan Yeomanry and during the Great War acting as their chief recruiting officer in the Bridgend area.
NICHOLL, John Illtyd Dillwyn.
Born – Merthyr Mawr, 1 May 1861.
Died – Merthyr Mawr, 20 September 1935.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendlies – 18 and 6/56 v Colts XXII at Cardiff Arms Park, 1893.