Born and raised in Cardiff, Michael Cann was a technically correct left-handed opening batsman who played for six seasons for Glamorgan, besides also playing in domestic first-class cricket for Orange Free State and Griqualand West, where he became a good friend of Allan Donald, the Springbok fast bowler.
Michael made his 2nd XI debut for Glamorgan during 1983, and in his second season of second team cricket, he amassed over 1,000 runs. After leaving school in Cardiff, he read biochemistry at Swansea University and led the University Athletic Union’s cricket team during 1986 and 1987 besides also appearing for the Combined Universities in the Benson and Hedges Cup in 1987.
The steady top-order batsman had made his County Championship debut during 1986, and in 1989 he struck his maiden first-class hundred with 109 against Somerset at Sophia Gardens. However, the signing of Alan Butcher and his subsequent appointment as Club captain, in addition to Robert Croft’s emergence as a specialist off-spin bowler and Steve Barwick switching to off-cutters, all meant that Michael`s opportunities with bat and ball were restricted.
Michael was subsequently released from the county`s staff at the end of the 1991 season and then began a successful career as a biochemist working in the Home Counties, Southampton and overseas. He is currently President of Cardiff CC.
CANN, Michael John
Born – Cardiff, 4th July 1965.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 109 v Somerset at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 1989; 3/30 v Middlesex at Abergavenny, 1989.
List A – 15 v Kent at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 1989; 3/40 v Staffordshire at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 1989.