Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Glamorgan County Cricket Club
One-day name: Glamorgan
Captain: South Africa Jacques Rudolph
Coach: Wales Robert Croft
Overseas player(s): South Africa Jacques Rudolph
Founded: 1888
Home ground: Sophia Gardens
Capacity: 16,000
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1921
at Cardiff Arms Park
County Championship wins: 3
Pro 40/CB40 wins: 3
FP Trophy wins: 0
Twenty20 Cup/FPt20 wins: 0
Official website:

Glamorgan County Cricket Club (Welsh: Criced Morgannwg) is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Glamorgan aka Glamorganshire (Welsh: Morgannwg). Founded in 1888, Glamorgan held minor status at first and was a prominent member of the early Minor Counties Championship before the First World War. In 1921, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to senior status as an official first-class team.[1][2] Glamorgan has been classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963;[3] and as a senior Twenty20 team since 2003.[4]

Glamorgan is the only Welsh first-class cricket club. They have won the English County Championship competition in 1948, 1969 and 1997. Glamorgan have also beaten international teams from all of the Test playing nations, including Australia whom they defeated in successive tours in 1964 and 1968. The club's limited overs team is called simply Glamorgan. Kit colours are blue and yellow for limited overs matches.

The club is based in Cardiff and plays most of its home games at Sophia Gardens, which is located on the bank of the River Taff. Matches have also occasionally been played at Swansea, Colwyn Bay and Cresselly (despite the latter towns being in Denbighshire and Pembrokeshire respectively).

Earliest cricket

Cricket probably reached Wales and Glamorgan by the end of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to cricket in Glamorgan is a match at Swansea in 1780.

Origin of club

The formation of Glamorgan CCC took place on 6 July 1888 at a meeting in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.

The club competed in the Minor Counties Championship for many years and then applied for first-class status after the First World War.

Glamorgan CCC played its initial first-class match versus Sussex CCC at Cardiff Arms Park on 18–20 May 1921 and thus increased the County Championship to 17 teams. Captained by N.V.H. Riches, Glamorgan won this first match by 23 runs. Only one more victory was achieved that summer; Glamorgan lost 14 games and finished with the wooden spoon.

Club history

Glamorgan won the county championship in 1948 under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, whose advocacy of high fielding standards was the key to beating stronger batting and bowling teams.

Glamorgan was the unintentional venue for a piece of cricket history on 31 August 1968 when, during Glamorgan v Notts at Swansea, Gary Sobers hit all six balls in an over from Malcolm Nash for six.

Glamorgan won the championship again under Tony Lewis in 1969 and Matthew Maynard in 1997. Maynard, who retired at the end of the 2005 season, was one of the most successful batsmen in first class cricket over the previous 20 years. The 2005 captain, off spinner Robert Croft, proved effective on England tours, and was a useful pinch hitter in List A one-day games.

The club had plans in April 2006 to extend its grounds in the Grade 2 Listed Heritage Park that is Sophia Gardens, with a 17,500 seat super-stadium.

Sophia Gardens became a Test cricket venue in 2009 when the First Test in the Ashes series against Australia was held there. It is currently known as The SSE SWALEC due to the club's commercial partnership with electricity supply and distribution company SWALEC.


Current squad

No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
4 Jacques Rudolph* double-dagger  South Africa 4 May 1981 Left-handed Right arm leg break Overseas player; club captain
6 Jeremy Lawlor  Wales 4 November 1995 Right-handed Right arm off break
9 Nick Selman  Australia 18 October 1995 Right-handed Right arm medium UK Passport
12 Aneurin Donald  Wales 20 December 1996 Right-handed Right arm off break
41 Colin Ingram double-dagger  South Africa 3 July 1985 Right-handed Right arm leg break Kolpak registration
Tom Smith  England 21 May 1996 Right-handed Right arm off break
7 Jack Murphy  Wales 15 July 1995 Left-handed Left arm fast-medium
8 Graham Wagg*  England 28 April 1983 Right-handed Left arm medium
14 David Lloyd  Wales 15 June 1992 Right-handed Right-arm off break
20 Ruaidhri Smith double-dagger  Scotland 5 August 1994 Right-handed Right arm medium
29 Owen Morgan  Wales 11 April 1994 Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
44 Craig Meschede  England 21 November 1991 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Kiran Carlson  Wales 16 May 1998 Right-handed Right arm off break
18 Mark Wallace*  Wales 19 November 1981 Left-handed   Vice-captain
22 Will Bragg*  Wales 24 October 1986 Left-handed  
46 Chris Cooke  South Africa 30 May 1986 Right-handed  
Cameron Herring  Wales 15 July 1994 Right-handed  
11 Kieran Bull  Wales 5 April 1995 Right-handed Right arm off break
21 Andrew Salter  Wales 1 June 1993 Right-handed Right arm off break
31 Michael Hogan*  Australia 31 May 1981 Right-handed Right arm fast-medium UK passport
34 Will Owen  Wales 2 September 1988 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
64 Timm van der Gugten double-dagger  Netherlands 25 February 1991 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast
Lukas Carey  Wales 17 July 1997 Right-handed Right arm medium-fast


First XI honours

Second XI honours


Most first-class runs for Glamorgan
Qualification – 16,000 runs[5]

Player Runs
Alan Jones 34,056
Emrys Davies 26,102
Matthew Maynard 22,764
Gilbert Parkhouse 22,619
Hugh Morris 18,520
Arnold Dyson 17,921
Bernard Hedges 17,733
Allan Watkins 17,419
Peter Walker 16,510

Most first-class wickets for Glamorgan
Qualification – 800 wickets[6]

Player Wickets
Don Shepherd 2,174
Jack Mercer 1,460
Johnnie Clay 1,292
Robert Croft 1,001
Malcolm Nash 991
Frank Ryan 913
Wilf Wooller 887
Emrys Davies 885
Steve Watkin 861

Team totals


Best partnership for each wicket

Wkt Score Batsmen Against Location Year
1st 374 Matthew Elliott and Steve James Sussex Colwyn Bay 2000
2nd 252 Matthew Maynard and David Hemp Northamptonshire Sophia Gardens 2002
3rd 313 Emrys Davies and Willie Jones Essex Brentwood 1948
4th 425* Adrian Dale and Viv Richards Middlesex Sophia Gardens 1993
5th 264 Maurice Robinson and Stan Montgomery Hampshire Bournemouth 1949
6th 240 Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace Surrey The Brit Oval 2009
7th 211 Tony Cottey and Ottis Gibson Leicestershire Swansea 1996
8th 202 Dai Davies and Joe Hills Sussex Eastbourne 1928
9th 203* Joe Hills and Johnnie Clay Worcestershire Swansea 1929
10th 143 Terry Davies and Simon Daniels Gloucestershire Swansea 1982


Lists of players and club captains


  1. ACS (1981). A Guide to Important Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles 1709 – 1863. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  3. "List A events played by Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  4. "Twenty20 events played by Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2015.
  5. "Most runs for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  6. "Most wickets for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  7. "Highest partnership for each wicket for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

Further reading

External links

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