Joseph Scott had a decent record in club cricket in north-east England, before his business interests brought him to South Wales. He played twice for Glamorgan in Minor County Friendlies during 1895, and might have played more but, tragically, during the following April, he died whilst travelling aboard the SS Sir Charles Tennant which was sailing from Newcastle-upon-Tyne to Genoa.
His cricketing career began with Northumberland in 1878 when he was still a pupil at Rugby School. He was a member of the school’s XI in 1879 and 1880 before playing for the Priory Gate and Tynemouth clubs. His father was a leading shipowner, based initially in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, before opening a branch of the business in Middlesbrough and subsequently Cardiff.
Joseph duly moved to South Wales to look after the new operation, and played at first for Cardiff before appearing for Bridgend in 1894 and then Swansea in 1895 – a summer which also saw him play for Glamorgan in June against the South Wales CC at St. Helen’s, as well as against Herefordshire in early August. J
He lived in the well-to-do suburb of Llanishen and also joined their Athletic Club but, during the Spring of 1895, he suffered from a bout of poor health, and arranged a holiday in Italy, believing that the Mediterranean air would improve his condition. He secured passage on a vessel from Newcastle-upon-Tyne but was taken ill soon after sailing and died several hours later as the ship was entering the English Channel. It duly landed at Plymouth where Joseph’s body was transferred for travel back to the family’s home in the north-east.
SCOTT, Joseph Moreland.
Born – Tynemouth, 5 April 1862.
Died – Plymouth (at sea), 15 April 1896.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Friendly – 12 v South Wales CC at St. Helen’s, Swansea, 1895.