Dillwyn Thomas, who played twice for Glamorgan in away games in 1939, died at his home in Neath on August 27th aged 91. Thomas emerged during the 1930`s as one of the top young all-rounders in League cricket. He had a fine record for Neath C.C. and Elba C.C. , and with the Glamorgan officials trawling club cricket for young native talent, it was a surprise that they overlooked Thomas for the county side until the right handed batsman and seam bowler was 34. In May 1939 he was drafted into the side for the match with Essex at Ilford, and despite the weather inter- vening, he had a fine debut with the ball. Thomas opened the bowling on the final afternoon with Jack Mercer, and took 5-64 as Essex were bowled out for 109. This helped to set up a victory by 5 wickets, so it was surprising that Thomas` services were not required again until later in the season when Glamorgan visited Yorkshire, and only then when Johnnie Clay was unable to travel to Bradford. But Thomas faired less successfully, and failed to claim a wicket in 6 overs as the Welsh county went down to a heavy innings defeat. This proved to be his final county appear- ance, and had it not been for the outbreak of War, Thomas could have added to his county record of 5 wickets at 19.80 apiece and 14 first-class runs.
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