Louis Devereux played in 106 matches for Glamorgan between 1956 and 1960 having previously played for Middlesex and Worcestershire.
Born in Exeter, and educated at Torquay Boys Grammar School, Louis played twice as a seventeen year-old for Middlesex in 1949 in their matches against Cambridge and Oxford University. The following year, Louis joined Worcestershire, with the right-handed batsman and off-spin bowler subsequently appearing in 79 games for the Midland county. Louis enjoyed his most successful all-round season during 1953 hitting 732 runs and taking 55 wickets.
Louis joined Glamorgan in 1956 and deservedly won his county cap after scoring 833 first-class runs and taking 22 wickets, including a career-best 6/29 in the first innings of Glamorgan’s match against Yorkshire at Middlesbrough. A fortnight later at Newport, Louis took 5/11 against Gloucestershire as the visitors collapsed in their second innings from 61-0 to 81 all out with Louis bowling in tandem with Don Shepherd, who also claimed five cheap wickets.
The following year, Louis struck an unbeaten 108 against Lancashire at Old Trafford, besides passing a thousand runs for the one and only time in his career. But with Don Shepherd having made a successful transition from pace bowler to off-cutter, and Jim McConnon also enjoying a renaissance to his career, Louis’ off-spin was called upon less and less, and he left the staff at the end of the 1960 season.
After being released by the Welsh county, Louis spent time in Scotland playing for the Poloc club in Glasgow before moving back to Wales and running the Central Hotel in Aberystwyth from 1965 until 1995. Whilst on Glamorgan’s staff, he had coached in South Africa and Argentina during the winter months, whilst in his youth, Louis had been a talented table tennis player and had represented England in 1949.
DEVEREUX, Louis Norman
Born – Heavitree, Exeter, 20th October 1931.
Died – Aberystwyth, 12th November 2016.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 108* v Lancashire at Old Trafford, 1957; 6/29 v Yorkshire at Middlesbrough, 1956.