Lionel Perkins was a talented young sportsman from Swansea, playing cricket and rugby for the town side. The Swansea-born batsmen however spent many years working as an engineer in the Colonial Service in South-East Asia and East Africa, so his appearances for Glamorgan were restricted to two during 1925, and four further games in 1933 when on holiday back in South Wales.
His father Bertie had served as captain and secretary of Swansea CC, besides being a committee member of Glamorgan CCC. It was no surprise therefore that Lionel, who had shone as a young sportsman at Bromsgrove School, should play for Glamorgan Colts during 1923 and 1924 before making his first-class debut the following year against Warwickshire at Swansea.
After qualifying as an engineer, Lionel emigrated to work in Singapore and Malaysia whilst after the Second World War, Lionel moved to Nairobi as Assistant Secretary of the Roads Division of the Kenyan Ministry of Works. He was awarded the OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours in January 1963. In his youth Bertie had also played at scrum-half for Swansea RFC.
PERKINS, Arthur Lionel Bertie
Born – Swansea, 19th October 1905.
Died – Umlanga, Natal, South Africa, 6th May 1992.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 26* v HDG Leveson-Gower’s XI at Swansea, 1925.