Stanley Rees played 37 times for Glamorgan between 1901 and 1914.
He had been brought up in Gorse Lane, alongside the St. Helen’s Cricket and Football ground, so it was no surprise that he went on to play cricket for Swansea CC and Glamorgan CCC, before emigrating after the Great War to South Africa. He made his county debut as a 20 year-old in their match against Monmouthshire at the Arms Park in July 1901. His agile fielding at point was the highlight for the youngster as he was dismissed for a single in his maiden innings, whilst his three overs of spin were dispatched for 24. He featured in four inter-county matches the following year, again doing little of note with the bat.
In July 1903 Stanley made an assured 41 against Berkshire on his home turf at St. Helen’s, before posting his maiden fifty against the same bowlers the following year at Reading. His work commitments however meant however that Stanley did not play for Glamorgan again until the last week of June, 1909, when he appeared on their West Country tour to meet Devon at Exeter and Cornwall at Penzance.
The following year, Stanley enjoyed his most productive summer in Glamorgan’s ranks, making 82 against Carmarthenshire at Llanelli during May 1910, before scoring 55 against Monmouthshire at The Gnoll, Neath in mid-July. Four years later, he appeared in a further six games for the Welsh county but he failed to transfer his good form opening the batting for Swansea into runs for Glamorgan, amassing just 165 runs in his dozen innings.
His father David was a superintendent on the nearby Mumbles Railway, and Stanley followed him into the transport trade, working as initially a clerk on the Great Western Railway. He subsequently rose to a managerial position before moving to live and work with a company in the Transvaal after World War One.
REES, Edward Stanley Cook.
Born – Swansea, 9 May 1881.
Died – Pretoria, South Africa 1956.
Batting and Fielding Record
Minor County Championship – 82 v Carmarthenshire at Stradey Park, Llanelli.1910
Minor County Friendlies – 25 v Sussex at Hove, 1910.