Tom Taylor was one of the great characters of club cricket in the years either side of the Second World War, playing with success for St. Fagans CC and on three occasions during the early 1930s also turning out for Glamorgan.
With Glamorgan looking to blood new talent, and Tom’s good form as an opening batsman in club cricket, he was called up in June 1932 to make his Championship debut against Kent at Swansea. Batting at number five, he made 1 and 0 and was not chosen again for almost two years, playing against Worcestershire at the Arms Park when Maurice Turnbull was indisposed.
Tom fared better against Worcestershire, making an unbeaten 16 in his only innings and was called up a fortnight later when Cambridge University visited the Arms Park. The county selectors hoped that the game would give Tom a further chance to convert his good form for St. Fagans into runs at first-class level, but he was dismissed for a duck.
An insurance broker by profession, he was served on the Glamorgan committee from the late 1940s until the early 1960s, besides acting as chairman of the cricket committee.
TAYLOR, Henry Thomas
Born – Cardiff, 7th July 1911.
Died – Narberth, Pembrokeshire, 20th July 1970.
Best performance for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 16* v Worcestershire at Cardiff Arms Park, 1934.