Ronnie Boon was an outstanding all-round sportsman being a champion sprinter, a county cricketer with Glamorgan, and a Welsh rugby international. Indeed, he played a key role during January 1933, as the speedy winger scored all of Wales` points – with a try and a drop-goal – in their first-ever victory in a rugby international at Twickenham.
His sporting prowess had been evident from an early age, as he represented Welsh Secondary Schools at both rugby and cricket, besides winning junior honours in athletics before winning, at the age of twenty, the 220 yards in the Welsh Amateur Athletic Association’s championships. He subsequently played cricket for both Barry and Cardiff, besides winning selection for the county’s Colts side in 1929.
Ronnie’s agility in the field as much as his capabilities as a batsman, were instrumental in his selection for Glamorgan during August 1931 at the Arms Park. He posted an assured 23 on debut against Gloucestershire, before making 24 and 22* against Nottinghamshire. Soon after, Ronnie completed his training as a PE and games teacher and he moved to Scotland, but he re-appeared for the Welsh county during his school holidays in 1932., including the match with Surrey at The Oval where, batting at number nine, he made a career-best 33.
Ronnie taught in Scotland until 1938, before moving to work in London, Cornwall and Denbighshire. He subsequently became an Inspector of Schools, and also secretary of London Welsh RFC. between 1961 and 1969, before returning to his native south Wales, where he was Chairman of the South Glamorgan Education Committee.
BOON, Ronald Winston
Born – Barry, 11th June 1909.
Died – Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand, 3rd August 1998.
Career-best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 33 v Surrey at The Oval, 1932.