Glamorgan bowler Will Owen retired from cricket in August 2014 following a lengthy battle with back and hip injuries that included several operations.
Brought up in Prestatyn, Will had made his first-class debut for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire in the final County Championship match of the 2007 season before joining the county’s junior staff the following. After completing his studies at Cardiff Met, Will became a full member of Glamorgan’s 1st XI squad in 2011, a season which also saw him take 30 first-class wickets, besides scoring 69 against Derbyshire, as he shared in a Club record tenth wicket stand with James Harris in a match which also saw the last pair for the home side post a century stand.
In 2010 Will had taken career best figures in one-day cricket of 5/49 against the Unicorns at Bournemouth, but a series of injuries then plagued him as he tried to consolidate a place in the team in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. After missing most of 2013 through injury, he returned to action in red-ball games during 2014, featuring in several of the county’s matches in the NatWest T20 Blast.
Despite surgery and a long period of rehabilitation treatment and training, Will was unable to return the level of performance considered for regular 1st XI cricket so he retired at the end of 2014. He subsequently played Minor County cricket for Cheshire before taking up a coaching post at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay.
OWEN, William Thomas
Born – St. Asaph, 2nd September 1988.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 69 v Derbyshire at Derby, 2011; 5/124 v Middlesex at The SWALEC Stadium, 2011.
In List A cricket – 13* v Leicestershire at Grace Road, 2013; 5/49 v Unicorns at Bournemouth, 2010.
In T20 cricket – 8 v Somerset at Taunton, 2010; 3/21 v Gloucestershire at The SWALEC Stadium, 2011.