Tony Lewis

Anthony (Tony) was born on 6th July 1938 in Swansea, he matriculated at Christ's in 1959, from where he graduated a BA and later MA.  In 1962 whilst at Christ's he was President of the Marguerites and the Hawks. He captained Cambridge University and Blues between 1960 -1962, and was also a rugby Blue in 1959.

Tony was Captain of Glamorgan Cricket from 1967 - 1972, and is the only Glamorgan cricketer to captain England.  Whilst he was England captain he led the 1972-73 tour of India, Ceylon and Pakistan, playing in all eight Test matches. Despite having no Test match experience Tony scored 70 not out in his debut Test in Delhi, which guided England to their first victory on the Indian subcontinent for more than two decades. The Selectors asked him to make himself available to lead the 1973-74 tour of the West Indies but he declined in order to take up opportunities in writing and broadcasting, which had been his main pursuit since 1965, when he began writing rugby union reports for the Daily Telegraph. In 1975 Tony was appointed Cricket and Rugby correspondent of the Sunday Telegraph, who he wrote for until 1998.

He started his broadcasting career presenting HTV Arts programmes between 1969 - 1980. He was the initial presenter (10 years) of the popular Radio 4 magazine programme, Sport on Four, between 1977 - 1987. His broadcasting extended from Test Match Specials to the role of anchor man of all BBC tv Cricket between 1980 - 2000.

As a writer Tony's books include:

A Summer of Cricket

Playing Days

Double Century (bi-centenary history of MCC and cricket)

Cricket in Many Lands

Taking Fresh Guard

Tony served eight years as Chairman of the Wales Tourist Board from 1991-1998 at the same time as serving as a Member of the British Tourist Authority. He was Chairman of the successful Wales Ryder Cup bid in 2010 and for a 3 year term was Chairman of the Welsh National Opera Company.  He was also a founding Trustee of the Wales Millenium Centre.  He was President of the Marylebone Cricket Club from 1998-2000 and chaired the MCC's World Cricket Committee between 2006 - 2011.  In 2011 the MCC committee bestowed on him its highest possible recognition for his contributions by making him the 31st Honorary Life Vice-President of the Club.

In 1998 Tony served as High Sheriff of Mid Glamorgan and in the 2004 New Year Honours was awarded the CBE for services to cricket, broadcasting and Wales.  He is an honorary Fellow of several Welsh universities: Cardiff, Swansea, Glamorgan, UWIC and Newport.