We talk to Ken Lewis from Newtown in mid Wales who began his professional cricket career in 1950.
We talk about growing up and the first influences on him as a sportsman as well as what it was like growing up in the 1930s and living through the war.
Ken tells us about his army career which comprised of a lot of sport interrupted by very little in the way of anything else! He arrived at Glamorgan along with Don Shepherd, Bernard Hedges and Jim McConnon in 1950 and although he had several opportunities to claim a regular place in the side he experienced a number of injuries which, first halted his progress and then ended his career.
Ken fondly remembers the players he played with in those 1950s sides including Emrys Davies, Gilbert Parkhouse, Willey Jones, Alan Watkins and Wilf Wooller.
There are a number of stories to cherish in his reflections including him meeting his boyhood idol Len Hutton and scoring a goal against the local army barracks, only to find that when he was enlisted his commanding officer remembered him as the lad that scored a goal against his army team !
This is a longer than normal podcast but we hope you agree it is worth every minute of the listening time to hear an old player's memories of playing and enjoying the game of cricket.