Michael Brain was the youngest son of Sam Brain, and like his elder brother Pat, he also emulated his father’s feat by keeping wicket for Glamorgan, albeit in their friendly contest in 1930 against Oxford University at The Parks.
His sole appearance came shortly after Michael had left Repton where he had been in the school’s eleven in 1928 and 1929. A career with the family’s brewery in Cardiff soon beckoned, and Michael went on to serve as Chairman of Brain’s Brewery from 1955 until his death in 1971.
Despite his business commitments, Michael took every opportunity to play cricket, turning out for Cardiff CC and the South Wales Hunts, besides playing for Glamorgan 2nd XI in the Minor County Championship between 1935 and 1947.
BRAIN, Michael Benjamin
Born – Cyntwell, Cardiff, 13th April 1910.
Died – Trelech, Monmouth, 24th August 1971.
Career-best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 9 v Oxford University at The Parks, 1930.