Len Hill played both professional football and cricket, with Len representing Glamorgan between 1964 and 1976. However, his football commitments with Lovell’s Athletic and Newport County meant that it was not until the mid-1970s that Len played a full season for Glamorgan.
A steady and gritty right-handed batsman, Len won his Glamorgan cap in 1974 after a number of fine innings. These included a match-winning innings against Hampshire at Sophia Gardens – a game in which Andy Roberts, the fiery West Indian pace bowler had reduced Glamorgan to 41/7 in their first innings. During Glamorgan’s second innings, Len made a brave 90 as he batted for almost six hours to thwart the visitors attack as the Welsh county completely turned the game around, and successfully chased their target of 282.
In 1964, during Len’s second Championship appearance he deputized behind the stumps when David Evans was injured ahead of Surrey’s second innings in their match at The Oval. Len did not look out of place, conceded a solitary bye and deftly stumped Mickey Stewart off the bowling of Jim Pressdee.
Len was a highly talented wing-half with Newport County from 1962 until 1973, in addition to having a brief spell with Swansea Town in the early 1970`s. During these years he played occasionally for Glamorgan 2nd XI and was a successful professional in club cricket for Newport and Ammanford. Len was also a talented tennis player, and played in several grass court tournaments at Rodney Parade and elsewhere.
HILL, Leonard Winston
Born – Caerleon, 14th April 1941.
Died – Newport, 10th April 2007.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 96* v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1974.
In List A cricket – 42 v Nottinghamshire at Swansea, 1976.