Richard Rees was another cricketing cleric who played for Glamorgan during their days as a Minor County between 1896 and 1904.
His father was also a man of the cloth, based at Treherbert Parsonage. Young Richard showed great promise as a sound batsman and a capable batsman whilst at St. John’s School in Leatherhead, and duly featured in the school’s XI between 1891 and 1893 before going up to Oxford to read History at Magdalene College.
During his summer vacations Richard played for both Treherbert CC and Cardiff CC, and during late August 1896, he made his debut for Glamorgan against Monmouthshire at the Arms Park. He made a further three appearances the following August, each in games outside Wales, as he featured in the contests with Wiltshire at Swindon, Worcestershire at Kidderminster and against Cornwall at Penzance. Given the costs in covering the professionals expenses, his availability for all three matches must have been welcomed by the Welsh county’s Treasurer.
Richard then opted to follow his father into the clergy, and having been a junior chaplain at Bordesley, he secured a curacy at St. John’s Church in Cardiff. His return to South Wales allowed him to play again in local cricket, as well as making a further appearance for Glamorgan in 1904, once again in an away fixture, against Devon at Exeter.
After leaving St. John’s, Richard subsequently became Chaplain of Christ Church, Oxford before serving as Rector of Semley in Wiltshire.
REES, Rev. Richard Morgan.
Born – Pontypridd, 22 April 1875.
Died – Porthcawl, 28 June 1932.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 25 v Wiltshire at Swindon, 1897.
Minor County Friendlies – 18 v Monmouthshire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1896.