Phil Clift served as player, coach and latterly Secretary of Glamorgan CCC during a career with the Welsh club from 1936 until 1982. The Usk-born player joined the county`s playing staff in the mid-1930`s as a free-scoring batsman and in 1948 Phil was rated by no less a judge than Don Bradman as amongst the best young players in the country.
However, Phil suffered from diabetes, and bouts of poor health interrupted his playing career soon after his maiden hundred against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge in 1947. Even so, he still managed to hit three centuries in 1949 with hundreds against Kent and Essex as well as an unbeaten 125 against Derbyshire at the Arms Park.
Phil retired from playing county cricket in 1955 to become the captain of the 2nd XI and the county`s Assistant Coach, running the Indoor Schools in Neath and the Arms Park during the winter months. It was in this capacity that Phil helped to groom many promising young colts, who subsequently went on to a successful playing career with the Welsh county.
In 1959 Phil took over the duties of Assistant Secretary and he acted as Wilf Wooller`s right-hand man in the club`s administration. It was therefore fitting that Phil succeeded Wilf in the post of county Secretary in 1978, before retiring in 1982 after a lifetime of loyal service to Glamorgan County Cricket Club.
CLIFT, Phil Brittain
Born – Usk, 3rd September 1918.
Died – Cardiff, 22nd May 2005.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 125* v Derbyshire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1949; 3/6 v Sussex at Llanelli, 1951.