Cyril Walters was one of the bright young hopes of Glamorgan cricket during the 1920`s, and many people forecasted that he would one day play Test cricket for England. He duly proved these pundits to be right and 1934 even captained England against Australia at Trent Bridge. But by this time, Walters had left Glamorga , having joined Worcestershire in 1928 as their player-secretary.
Educated at Neath Grammar School, Walters had made his Glamorgan debut in 1923, and played on a regular basis in 1924 and 1925. He only managed one half-century, but there was no doubting his potential, or his youthful zest in the field.which was greatly appreciated by the portly amateurs. The elegant young batsman turned the corner in 1926, with two centuries at Swansea, against Warwickshire and Leicestershire, and he showed a wide range of graceful and flowing strokes.
However, Walters had several business interests and in 1927 he only appeared in the opening six games, before concentrating on his career as an architect and surveyor. He re-appeared briefly in 1928, before announcing that he was joining Worcestershire. The loss of the gifted young amateur was not fully appreciated until the 1930`s, when he hit a career best score of 226 for Worcestershire against Kent at Gravesend in 1933. This was his most successful season, during which he set a new county record of 9 centuries.By this time, he had won the first of 11 Test caps, and he went on to open the batting for England, besides being a member of the M.C.C. touring party to India and Ceylon in 1933/34.
(Article: Copyright © 2000 Dr.A.K.Hignell)