Alan Jones was a cricket player who played for the Glamorgan cricket team for around a quarter of a century. Born at Velindre in Glamorgan, Alan also played a single season each with Northern Transvaal, Natan and Western Australia.
Alan was a consistent left handed opening batsman who had scored 1,000 first class runs in every single English cricket season from 1961 to 1983, till he retired. In five of the six seasons itself, he scored over 1,800 runs from 1963 to 1968 averaging in the mid 30s for most of the season. Due to his consistency and reliability, the team won the Championship in 1969.
Alan made his cricket debut for the Glamorgan team in 1957 prior to which he played for a local cricket team near to Swansea. The all rounder also served two years of National Service, following which he became a regular player in the county side in 1960, making 1,000 runs and winning his cap in 1962.
His total aggregate runs of 36,049 put him 35th on the all time list of run getters, with Alan being the highest player who did not play test cricket. He scored over 7,000 runs in List A matches and made 56 centuries in first class cricket, which is exceeded only by John Langridge. This batsman is unique player who made his debut in the first match held between England and the Rest of the World XI after the South African cricket team tour got cancelled.
Alan even captained the Glamorgan team in 1977 and in 1978. In 1978, he was named as a Wisden cricketer of the year.