Roland Lefebvre was a member of Glamorgan’s One-Day League winning squad of 1993.
His signing during the winter of 1992/93 from Somerset proved to be a masterstroke as the Welsh county acquired the services of a most effective opening bowler in one day cricket. Week after week, the Dutch seamer bowled a full and nagging length to frustrate and contain a host of opposition batsmen. Few opponents managed to get on top of him, and his accuracy with the ball was a key ingredient behind Glamorgan winning the Sunday League in 1993.
Amongst his many fine returns in one day cricket for his adopted county were 4-23 in the Sunday league game against Durham in 1994 and a return of 11-5-13-2 in the Nat West Trophy quarter-final against Worcestershire at Swansea in 1993. However, Roly’s best ever analysis in one day cricket was 7-15 for Somerset in their NatWest match against Devon in 1990.
Roly was also a capable lower order batsman, hitting a first-class hundred for Somerset against Worcestershire in 1991. He also pulled off some remarkable catches whilst with Glamorgan, and his athletic efforts in the field, together with his accuracy with the ball, made him a firm favourite with Glamorgan`s supporters.
Before joining Glamorgan, Roly had played for Somerset between 1990 and 1992, besides playing for Canterbury in 1990/91. A severe groin injury forced Roly to retire from professional cricket at the end of 1995, but he has still managed to play in club cricket in South Africa and Holland, who he represented in the ICC Trophy from 1986 until bowing out at the 2002/03 World Cup. Roly then went into coaching and is currently the National Performance Director for the Netherlands.
LEFEBVRE, Roland Philippe
Born – Rotterdam, Holland, 7th February, 1963.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 50 v Worcestershire at New Road, 1993; 6/45 v Oxford University at The Parks, 1995.
In List A cricket – 36* v Northamptonshire at Pentyrch, 1993; 4/23 v Durham at Hartlepool, 1994.