In 1977 Mike Llewellyn almost became one of the few players in cricket history to strike a ball over the tall and imposing Pavilion at Lord`s.
His feat, seen in the image above, came during the Gillette Cup Final against Middlesex, with the aggressive left-hander having started his innings with two fours and a six off Mike Gatting. Then came his enormous blow, off the bowling of England off-spinner John Emburey, as Mike hit the ball into a gutter on the roof of the famous building.
This was quite literally the high point in Mike`s thirteen career with Glamorgan from 1970 until 1982. Mike had played initially aged 16 years and 202 days as a batsman and off-spinner against Oxford University at Oxford in 1970, and in 1972 he became the club`s youngest centurion with an innings of 112* against Cambridge University at Swansea aged just 18 years and 213 days.
He failed to live up to his youthful promise, and despite playing some forceful innings during the mid-1970s, he found it harder in Championship cricket, especially up against a diet of fast bowling. Indeed, Mike only struck one Championship century during his career, making 106* against Worcestershire at Swansea in 1979. He duly left the staff at the end of the 1982 season, and went on to briefly play in Minor County cricket for Wiltshire.
LLEWELLYN, Michael John
Born – Clydach, 27 November 1953.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 129* v Oxford University at The Parks, 1977; 4/35 v Oxford University at The Parks, 1970.
In List A cricket – 79* v Gloucestershire at Bristol, 1977.