Simon Daniels was a brisk seam bowler and a forthright lower order batsman who played for Glamorgan during the early 1980s. Indeed, it was his batting abilities that helped Simon carve a name for himself in Glamorgan`s record books in 1982 as he added a record 143 for the tenth wicket with wicket-keeper Terry Davies against Gloucestershire at Swansea. Simon’s share was a career- best 73 and nearly forty years later, their efforts still remain a Club record.
Educated at Sedburgh and Newcastle Polytechnic, Simon had previously played Minor County cricket for Durham as well as 2nd XI cricket with Derbyshire before joining the Welsh county. He made his 1st XI debut during the last two months of the 1981 season and made his first-class debut against Middlesex at Lord’s.
Further opportunities came his way during 1982, especially as a new ball bowler in the absence of West Indian Ezra Moseley who had suffered a back injury. However, the appointment of fellow seam bowler Mike Selvey as Glamorgan’s captain for 1983 saw Simon leave the Club and commence a career as a quantity surveyor in the London area. He subsequently married the daughter of Carl Openshaw, the Chairman of Kent and Tunbridge Wells CC, and a leading personality in club cricket in south-east England.
DANIELS, Simon Anthony Brewis
Born – Darlington, 28th August, 1958
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 73 v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1982; 3/33 v Essex at Colchester, 1981.
In List A cricket – 4* v Worcestershire at New Road, 1982; 3/32 v Middlesex at Swansea, 1982.