A right-handed batter, Robert Spurway failed to score – aged 45 – in his one and only appearance for Glamorgan during their friendly against the Anti-Aircraft Command at Barry Island in 1943, and whilst based in the area with the Royal Navy.
He had a decent record however in club cricket and besides appearing for the Royal Navy, he also played for Free Foresters, Incogniti and the MCC.
Educated at Forest School in Snaresbrook, he had joined the Royal Navy after the end of the Great Ware and served as a paymaster before rising to the rank of Commander. After retiring from the Navy at the end of the Second World War, he and his wife ran the Church House Inn in Torbryan. Tragically, it was there that he was found dead in bed of Christmas Eve in 1952.
His father, also Robert, made 20 first-class appearances for Somerset between 1893 and 1898.
SPURWAY, Robert John Vyvyan.
Born – Woolwich, 21 July 1898.
Died – Torbryan, Newton Abbot, 24 December 1951.
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