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Denis Morgan

 Llangennech Cricket Club/Former SWCA umpire

 Over the past few seasons Llangennech Cricket Club has suffered the loss of over a dozen faithful members, supporters and ex-players. The latest of these was Denis Morgan, who died in January aged 82 following a long illness.
Denis played his cricket mainly for the 2nd XI in the 50s and 60s and as a wicketkeeper/batsman was unable to break into the strong 1st XI of that time. He consequently moved to try his luck elsewhere, playing for Dafen and Hendy.
He umpired in the SWCA between 1971 and 1979 and, as he could not drive, partnered the late Norman Charles, a work colleague at the RN depot. He would often recall some of the matches in which he officiated during that period, including a cup final, and how aware he had to be of some of the tactics employed by players in attempting to deceive umpires.
He joined the Llangennech committee in 1993 where he was able to assist the development of younger players by officiating in 3rd XI matches. He always had a good memory and if he suspected that someone was playing it close to the edge, he would be particularly watchful in the next match, however many years later it was.
As well as his love of sport Denis was a keen walker and cyclist. His favourite area was mid Wales and hours were spent as a family around the lakes at Llandrindod and Llanwrtyd and cycling in the Elan Valley.
In 1985, after 33 years at the RN, Denis was advised to retire to look after his wife Margaret who had rheumatoid arthritis. They were determined to keep as active as they could and they continued their love of mid Wales, travelling on the Heart of Wales line.
Denis became a full-time carer for his wife as her health deteriorated and his involvement with Llangennech Cricket enabled him to have a well deserved break while other family members took their turn. Following Margaretís death in 2006, Denis carried on with his trips as best he could until a hip fracture a few years ago limited his mobility and left him reliant on carers.
While confined to the house Denis was keen to know Saturdayís results and a phone call early on a Sunday morning was a regular occurrence. He was especially pleased and proud that Llangennech secured promotion to division 1 last year, even though he had been unable to see them in action and was looking forward to following their progress in 2019.

Michael Davies

Briton Ferry Steel Cricket Club

Sadly, on 18th July 2018, Briton Ferry Steel lost a Life Member and one of its major stalwarts, with the passing of Michael Davies.
Born on 23rd September 1943, just a stoneís throw away from the Steel ground, there was no doubt, as a youngster, that Michael would join the cricket club. Thus, following the footsteps of his brother Jack, who was Captain of the club, Michael progressed through the ranks to become a hard-hitting top order batsman and excellent cover point fielder and was thoroughly respected by opposition teams, always enjoying the camaraderie after the game.
After his playing days were over, despite becoming a very successful business man spending a lot of time away, Michael never lost his association with the club, serving on the Committee and eventually becoming Treasurer of the club, a position he held until his passing away.
Upon retirement from work, he also volunteered to look after the general appearance of the club.
He will be sorely missed by many of the local cricket community and our deepest sympathies are extended to his wife Val and daughter Nicola.
Michael leaves us all with fond memories.

Leighton Bray

Briton Ferry Steel Cricket Club

After spending a period of time in care, Leighton passed away on 27th November 2018, aged 87 years.
A former club Captain, he was a loyal clubman. A middle order batsman, spin bowler and popular team member, one of his best innings was at home to Pontardawe, when he was asked by the Captain to get runs quickly to set up a declaration. He returned 35 minutes later, 114 not out.
When his playing days were over, he became coach to the youngsters at Briton Ferry Town C.C., where both of his sons were members and helped the Town to become very successful.
Our sympathies are extended to his wife Jean and his sons Gary and Ian.

Alan Jefford

Briton Ferry Steel Cricket Club

Alan sadly passed away on 1st December 2018 aged 75 years.
A very successful opening batsman and excellent slip fielder, Alan was an important member of the successful mid to late sixties Steelworks side.
On retiring from cricket, Alan emigrated for a period of time, where he became a successful golfer.
Upon his return, he became secretary of Basingstoke, Morriston & Neath golf clubs.
He was also honoured with an award for his voluntary work in the local hospital community.

Glan Hathaway

Briton Ferry Steel Cricket Club

Glan passed away in March 2018 after a fall at home and unfortunately his wife passed away the following week.
A loyal wicket-keeper batsman, Glan played for Briton Ferry Steel throughout the 1960ís, travelling from Bridgend to fulfil his enjoyment playing for the club.
A very respected player, Glan will be missed by all at the club.

 

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