John Bell joined Glamorgan in the 1920`s after failing to secure a regular place in the Yorkshire side. The Batley-born batsman played just 7 times for his native county between 1921 and 1923, before deciding to move to South Wales, where he subsequently enjoyed a very successful career for his adopted county.
He made his debut against the touring South Africans in 1924, and developed into a correct and workmanlike opening batsman. In 1926 he recorded a career best 225 against Worcestershire at Dudley, and more than justified his promotion with other centuries against Warwickshire, Northants and Somerset. He lost form in 1927, but in 1928 he aggregated 1551 runs, with centuries against Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire, as well as eight other half-centuries.
Bell also played for Wales between 1924 and 1930, and in 1927 made 209 against the M.C.C. He left the Glamorgan staff in 1931 as financial worries forced the club into releasing serveral of their professionals. He returned to league cricket in Yorkshire, and between 1946 and 1951 he stood as an umpire in first-class cricket.
(Article: Copyright © 2000 Dr.A.K.Hignell)
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