Trevil Morgan who entered cricket history in 1929 by becoming the first Welshman to score a century in the Varsity Match played in 39 first-class matches for Glamorgan during the inter-war period.
He was a member of the famous family who owned and managed the famous and successful department store in Cardiff, so Trevil had to put his business commitments in the Welsh capital ahead of playing county cricket. However, there is no denying that he would have secured a regular place in Glamorgan`s 1st XI.
Nevertheless, Trevil was able to lead the county’s 2nd XI in the Minor County Championship from 1935 onwards and advise his close friend of Maurice Turnbull about the rising talent. Under Trevil’s astute captaincy, a host of young players flourished before going on to even better things in first-class cricket.
Trevil was a left-handed batsman and right-arm medium pace bowler, who also kept wicket on several occasions for the county. He had made his Glamorgan debut in 1925, before winning a Blue at Cambridge in 1928, 1929 and 1930. The highlight of his Glamorgan career came in 1929 when he hit a composed century against the South African tourists in a rain-affected match at St. Helen’s. As Wisden’s correspondent wrote, “he rose to the occasion in great style, with standing the South Africans’ attack for nearly three hours, hitting two 6’s and eleven 4’s. He found useful partners in Hills and Mercer, the cricket during these stands being of a vigorous description.”
He served as a Major in Royal Artillery during World War Two and oversaw anti-aircraft duties in South Wales, with his efforts being recognized by the award of the MBE in April 1945.
MORGAN, John Trevil
Born – Cyncoed, Cardiff, 7th May 1907.
Died – Leigh Woods, Clifton, 18th December 1976.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 103* v South Africans at Swansea, 1929; 3/16 v Warwickshire at Edgbaston, 1933.