Talfryn Evans was a talented young sportsman, but he had rheumatic fever as a child, which left him unable to fully use his right arm. Consequently, he concentrated on left-arm spin, and his success with chinamen and googlies for Llanelli in the early 1930`s led to trials with Gloucestershire, and then Glamorgan.
He subsequently joined the Glamorgan staff and acted as understudy to spinners Johnnie Clay and Closs Jones. Evans only played in one Championship match, against Kent at Gravesend in 1934, although he appeared regularly for the county`s 2nd XI in Minor County games before the Second World War. Sadly, Evans died in 1944 in Llanelli at the age of 29.
(Article: Copyright © 2003 Dr.A.K.Hignell)