Vernon Morris

An image from 1921 of Vernon Morris. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

The son of a Headmaster in Neath, Vernon Morris enjoyed a decent career in club cricket either side of the Great War, besides playing on 20 occasions for Glamorgan during the 1920s.

Vernon first enjoyed success as a batsman with Briton Ferry Town shortly before the Great War, during which he served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment). Despite being involved in several skirmishes on the Western Front, he safely returned to South Wales and resumed his cricketing career by joining Swansea.

A caricature of Vernon Morris. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

He made his Glamorgan debut in July 1920 at Briton Ferry in the match against Monmouthshire before the following year making his first-class debut against Worcestershire at Kidderminster. It was his only appearance that summer, but he was chosen in four matches in 1922. However, his business commitments meant that he was only able to play on a sporadic basis, with his final appearance seeing the middle-order batsman play for the Welsh county in their match at Ynysangharad Park against the 1929 South Africans. With his best years well and truly behind him, it came as no surprise that he made 0 and 9 against the Test attack.

His son Robert won a cricket Blue at Cambridge in 1949 and played for Kent during 1950.

MORRIS, Vernon Leslie

Born – Briton Ferry, 13 June 1894

Died – Exmouth, 11 January 1973

Career-bests for Glamorgan: In Minor county cricket 46 v Wiltshire at Marlborough; 42 v Hampshire at Southampton, 1922.