‘Tip’ Williams, who played four times for Glamorgan between 1928 and 1930 was a well-known figure in the sporting and legal world of South Wales.
His deep love of the equine world and a close interest in steeple-chasing led the young solicitor being known to everyone as ‘Tip’. A great character, he was also a close friend of Johnnie Clay and his brother Peter, with whom he founded the South Wales Hunts CC in 1926. ‘Tip’ had first played for Cowbridge CC whilst an undergraduate at Oxford, and after some decent innings in club cricket, the forceful right-hander was chosen in the Glamorgan side in May 1928 for the three-day friendly against Oxford University at The Parks.
The following year he played in the friendly with Cambridge University at Fenner’s before making his Championship debut against Somerset at the Arms Park having answered a late call from Johnnie Clay when the county found themselves short of a batsman for the game. He would have loved to have played more Championship cricket alongside his sporting friends, but his training and subsequent duties as a solicitor prevailed. He did though make one further appearance, against Oxford University over the Whitsun Bank Holiday in 1930.
Nevertheless, ‘Tip’ continued to play for Pat Brain’s XI in their annual game at the Arms Park as part of Glamorgan’s pre-season preparations, and after the Second World War, he still turned out for the South Wales Hunts, besides being a familiar face at local point-to-points and the National Hunt meetings at Chepstow Racecourse.
WILLIAMS, Lewis Erskine Wyndham
Born – Bonvilston, 28th November 1900.
Died – St.Hilary, 24th April, 1974.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
First-class – 53* v Oxford University at The Parks, Oxford, 1928