Charles Venables-Llewelyn, who played three times for Glamorgan during the 1890s, was one of the pioneers of meteorology in Wales. Born at Ynysygerwn in June 1870, Charles was the son of JTD Llewelyn, the squire of Penllergaer, and the man who in 1888 had convened the meeting at The Angel Hotel in Cardiff at which … More The Glamorgan cricketer who was a pioneer of meteorology in Wales.
Henry Moore may have been one of England’s most foremost figures in the world of sculpture during the 20th century but the sportsman of the same name – born in Nottingham in 1861 – also played cricket for Newport CC and Monmouthshire, and, given his close links with football in the East Midlands, Henry was … More The English football international who played cricket for Newport and Monmouthshire
by David Battersby Gilbert Jessop was to score England’s fastest-ever century in a Test – at The Oval in 1902 against Australia – in not only minutes, 77, but also in terms of balls faced, 76. That famous Test was his tenth out of an eventual eighteen for his country. Jessop, often referred to as … More Gilbert Jessop in Wales
Sir Herbert Merrett, or ‘HH’ to his friends, was President of Glamorgan CCC in 1948 when the Club were county champions for the first-ever time, besides being Chairman of Cardiff City FC. Born in Cardiff during 1886, ‘HH’ had been raised in the inner suburb of Canton and had attended Radnor Road Board School. Together … More Sir Herbert Merrett
Sam Brain was Glamorgan`s first regular wicket-keeper in the Minor County competition and during the 1893 season, whilst playing for his native Gloucestershire, he created a unique record, completing stumpings from three consecutive deliveries as Charles Townsend took a hat-trick against Somerset at Cheltenham. No other wicket-keeper in the history of first-class cricket has equaled … More A hat-trick of stumpings
There are many contenders for the accolade of delivering the best bowling spell in Wales, including Don Shepherd and Johnnie Clay who each played a leading role in some of Glamorgan’s finest hours, not least the winning of the County Championship titles in 1969 and 1948 respectively. However, a performance by a 28 year-old bowler … More The best-ever bowling performances in Wales?
The David’s of Porthmadog Cricket clubs in Wales, like those in England, during the first half of the nineteenth-century were like modern-day golf clubs with members meeting up to play games amongst themselves. As transport facilities improved, especially the creation of railway lines, inter-club fixtures were possible but at the start of the season in … More The David’s of Porthmadog
20 May 2021 was nearly a red-letter day for Jock Tait (seen above left) as he came within four runs of scoring Glamorgan’s first-ever Championship hundred in their inaugural match as a first-class county against Sussex at Cardiff Arms Park. Scottish-born batsman Jock Tait had enjoyed the second day’s play, with the insurance broker ending … More Jock Tait – the man who nearly made Glamorgan’s first-ever hundred.
Glamorgan`s victory at Harrogate in 1955 was their first ever on Yorkshire soil, and was even more creditable given that they were without Wilf Wooller, had just lost to Hampshire and Leicestershire, and had only just avoided the follow-on in their first innings in this match against Yorkshire The home side had batted well on … More Glamorgan’s first-ever win in Yorkshire
One of the most colourful characters to ever play for Glamorgan was Frank Ryan, the Indian-born spinner who had been brought up in North America and had played for Hampshire shortly after the Great War before having a fall-out with the South Coast club and hitch-hiking his way to South Wales where he subsequently enjoyed … More A journey to Hell?