Johnny Richards was one of a group of promising young batters who were given a chance to display their talents in 1920 by Glamorgan’s selectors in their friendly fixtures as the Welsh county’s administrators assessed local talent ahead of what they hoped would be their entry into the County Championship the following season.
He had a decent record with both Briton Ferry Town CC and Briton Ferry Steel CC and was called up for the Minor County Friendly against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli. Johnny duly made 19 and 3, but others were more impressive and he was never called up again.
Tragically, he died two years later, with the young carpenter passing away at the age of 27. He had served as a corporal in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and had it not been for the outbreak of War, he might have had earlier, and further, opportunities to play county cricket.
RICHARDS, John Harold Brynmor.
Born – Neath, April 1895.
Died – Pontypridd, March 1922.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendly – 19 v Carmarthenshire at Stradey Park, Llanelli, 1920.