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Full name Vivian Gordon James Jenkins
Born November 2, 1911, Aberavon, Port Talbot, Glamorgan, Wales
Died January 5, 2004 (aged 92 years 64 days)
Major teams Glamorgan, Oxford University
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm medium
Fielding position Wicketkeeper
Vivian Jenkins, the Glamorgan player and Welsh rugby international, died on January 5, aged 92. He played for his county in 44 matches from 1931 to 1937, a competent wicketkeeper and stand-in for Glamorgan's regular stumper, Trevor Every. His highest score for the county was 65 against Surrey at The Oval in 1932, against an attack that included Alf Gover and Percy Fender. But it was as a rugby player that Jenkins will be remembered. He won 14 caps for Wales and was one of the first modern, attacking backs. An accurate goal kicker from near-impossible distances, he once scored for the British Lions at Ellis Park from inside his own half. Later Jenkins wrote on rugby and cricket as a resourceful, articulate journalist for the News of the World and the Sunday Times. He covered Freddie Brown's Ashes tour to Australia in the winter of 1950-51 and the legendary 1971 Lions trip to South Africa during which he sat entranced by the magic of Barry John, JPR Williams, Gareth Edwards and Willie John McBride. Jenkins was not above endorsing his own myth and was fond of confirming a story that as dusk fell over Table Mountain he compensated for lack of light in a press box with a miner's hat and a Davey lamp. During World War II Jenkins served as a captain with an anti-aircraft division. He also took pride in his work as president of the Glamorgan Cricket Former Players' Association.
Jeremy Malies, The Wisden Cricketer, March 2004
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