Anniversary Lunch to celebrate Glamorgan’s Championship Centenary and the 80th biRthday of jeff jones (glamorgan and England)

The St Helen’s Balconiers are arranging a Celebration Lunch at The Towers Hotel, Swansea Bay, on Friday 19th November (12 noon for 12.30) to mark the centenary of Glamorgan achieving first-class status. At the same time, we shall be celebrating the birthday of Jeff Jones and recalling his outstanding achievements, including winning 15 England caps and making 157 first-class appearances for Glamorgan. We most warmly invite you to join us in these dual celebrations.

Full Invitation Letter here

Reply Card here

Please respond by the 6th November to John Williams, 41 Sketty Park Road, Swansea, SA2 9AS using a print of the Reply Card.

The LV= Insurance County Championship will return to two divisions next season

Glamorgan will feature in Division Two of the County Championship having finishing in fourth place in Division Two in 2019 and will play Derbyshire, Durham, Leicestershire, Middlesex, Nottinghamshire, Sussex and Worcestershire next season.

There will be 10 counties in Division One and eight in Division Two with a two-up, two-down promotion-and-relegation system.

Each county will play 14 LV= Insurance County Championship matches.

When will fixtures be announced?

The ECB is aiming to announce fixture no earlier than the end of November 2021.

For further and fuller details see: LV= Insurance County Championship Returns to Two Divisions in 2022 | Glamorgan Cricket News

Daffodil Tours will be in operation once the fixtures and venues are known.

SHB 2021 Newsletter

The 2021 St. Helen’s Balconiers Newsletter (all 36 pages) will shortly be dropping through your letterbox. If you can’t wait please refer to the tab along the top of the home page.

Chairman’s Report by John Williams

First Championship win at St Helen’s by Dr Richard Bentley

Shep’s whirlwind innings v ’61 Australians by Dr Andrew Hignell

Glamorgan beat the ’71 Pakistanis by Dr Andrew Hignell

Jeff Jones – a special celebration

Javed’s special summer of ’81 by Dr Richard Bentley

A trip down memory lane

100 Years of Captains

THE CC4 MUSEUM Talks programme resumes autumn 2021

The programme of Museum talks, held via ZOOM, for 2021/22 has been confirmed including the next in the popular series of Anniversary Talks, celebrating Glamorgan Cricket’s 100 years as a first-class county. “Glamorgan CCC – the 1970s and 1980s” will be held on Tuesday 26th October, starting at 1900.

The talk will involve a group of the Club’s former players including Alan Jones, Mike Llewellyn, Alan Wilkins, Hugh Morris and Matthew Maynard, with the evening looking back on the two decades in the life of the Welsh county after the Club’s successful seasons during the 1960s.

Although there was less success during these two decades, Glamorgan did reach their first-ever Cup final at Lord’s in 1977 – a game remembered by many for that six struck by Mike Llewellyn. The 1980s also saw a new generation of Glamorgan stars emerge, including Hugh Morris, who also had his first taste of captaincy during the 1980s, whilst Matthew Maynard enjoyed a scintillating debut in 1985 striking three successive sixes en route to a century in his first-ever County Championship.

Like Hugh, Matthew went on to play in Test cricket for England, whilst under Alan Jones’ tutelage, a successful Glamorgan Colts also emerged during the late 1980s with a group of other homegrown players ho would play with distinction for the Welsh county as well as appearing in international cricket.

Once again, the evening will include a photographic presentation using copyrighted material from the Club’s Archives with attendance at the virtual meeting being free of charge. Anyone wishing to attend is asked to send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk by noon on Monday, 25th October. A confirmation reply will be sent out, with log-in details for the meeting also being emailed to attendees later that day. Further Anniversary Talks will be held online during November and December looking back on the 1990s – a decade which saw the Club win one-day silverware, in addition to the Championship crown in 1997 – as well as the 2000s and 2010s. The programme over the winter months will also include talks with other former Glamorgan players, including Matthew Elliott as well as current players including Kiran Carlson. For further details about the full programme of winter talks, please visit https://glamorgancricketarchives.com/museum-talks/ .

TRENT BRIDGE – HERE WE COME!

The Balconiers will be running a trip to Trent Bridge for the Royal London Cup final taking place on the 19th August 2021 in support of Glamorgan.

Depart South Wales early on the morning of the 19th August for the final commencing at 13:00, stay overnight in Nottingham and return the following day.

Pickup points along the M4 Corridor, Sophia Gardens, Newport Holiday Inn at The Coldra.

For further details please contact John Williams of the Balconiers see below:

E-mail address: john.balconiers@hotmail.com

Mobile: 07973-479613 Landline: 01792-414333

The opposition for the final will be determined tomorrow (17th) after tomorrow’s semi-final between Durham and Surrey being played at Chester-le-Street.

The scoreboard at Sophia Gardens as Glamorgan beat Essex by 5 wickets in the semi-final

Glamorgan’s fixtures in Division Two of the LV= Insurance County Championship – to be played AugUST & September 2021

Having played ten games in the initial Group Stage, the 18 First-Class Counties have been split into three Divisions based on finishing positions in their respective groups. In the Division Stage, each county will play four more County Championship matches to determine their final finishing position.

They will not play against the other team from their initial group, but will carry through half the number of points it scored in the two matches played against that team in the Group Stage. This could result in half points being carried forward.

So, for example, Northamptonshire and Glamorgan both progressed to Division Two from Group Three and Northamptonshire carry forward 16 points – half of the 32 points they gained against Glamorgan thanks to a win and a draw. Glamorgan take through 11.5 points from the draw and accumulated bonus points from those two matches.

THE CC4 MUSEUM OF WELSH CRICKET, Anniversary TALK – 24 MARCH 19:00 “Glamorgan Cricket – the 1960s”

County Champions! Tony Lewis and his team, seen at The Oval in 1969 Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives

The next in the special series of Anniversary Talks, celebrating Glamorgan Cricket’s 100 years as a first-class county, will be held via ZOOM on 24 March, starting at 19:00.

The talk, entitled “Glamorgan Cricket – the 1960s” , will involve a group of the Club’s former players as well as the families and descendants of the Welsh county’s stars who featured during the decade when Glamorgan won the Championship title for the second time in the Club’s history, as well as defeating the 1964 and 1968 Australians at Swansea, in addition to moving from Cardiff Arms Park to Sophia Gardens, besides playing limited-overs cricket for the first time in the Club’s history.

Alan Jones and Roger Davis will be amongst the group of former players reminiscing on the 1960s along with the son of Don Shepherd, the legendary Glamorgan bowler, plus the son of Bernard Hedges, their stalwart opening batsman, as well as the family of Wilf Wooller, the Club’s legendary captain and secretary, who commentated for BBC Wales TV on what is perhaps the most famous-ever footage of a Glamorgan match as Garry Sobers hit Malcolm Nash for six sixes in an over at St. Helen’s in 1968.

Once again, the evening will also include photographic presentations using copyrighted material from the Club’s Archives with attendance at the virtual meeting being free of charge.

Anyone wishing to attend is asked to send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk by noon on 23 March. A confirmation reply will be sent out, plus log-in details for the meeting the following day.

THE CC4 MUSEUM OF WELSH CRICKET, TALK – 6 MARCH 19:00 – An evening with “MATTHEW ELLIOTT”

Matthew Elliott celebrates scoring a century for Glamorgan against Essex at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in 2005. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Matthew Elliott will be the next speaker in the popular series of virtual talks held via ZOOM by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket. 

The talk with Matthew Elliott will take place via ZOOM starting at 19:00 on Saturday, 6 March with Matthew reflecting on his outstanding playing career in domestic cricket with Victoria, South Australia, Glamorgan and Yorkshire, as well as his time in international cricket with Australia. In particular, Matthew will be recalling his time in Wales as the Welsh county won the Sunday League title in 2004, as well as playing for Glamorgan in the Benson and Hedges Cup Final of 2000, and at T20 Finals Day in 2004. In addition, Matthew will also be talking about his life after retiring from playing professional cricket. 

Once again, attendance at the virtual meeting will be free of charge with those wishing to attend being asked to send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk by 1700 on Friday, 5 March.  A confirmation reply will be sent out, together with further instructions and log on details.  

We also welcome questions in advance so please send details of any questions for Matthew to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk

THE CC4 MUSEUM OF WELSH CRICKET, GLAMORGAN CRICKET ANNIVERSARY TALK – 24 FEBRUARY 19:00 – “Glamorgan Cricket – the 1940s and 1950s”

Wilf Wooller (third right) leads out the Glamorgan team at Swansea in 1948. Photo Credit: Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

The next in the special series of Glamorgan Cricket’s Anniversary Talks will be held on 24 February, starting at 19:00, as part of the popular series of virtual talks held via ZOOM by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket.

The second talk, entitled “Glamorgan Cricket – the 1940s and 1950s”, will involve the sons and daughters of some of the Welsh county’s players who featured during the decades when the Welsh county won the Championship title for the first-ever time, as well as defeating the 1951 South Africans at Swansea, and building on the Club’s progress during the 1930s under Maurice Turnbull.

The family of Wilf Wooller, the man who captained Glamorgan to the county title in 1948 plus the victory over the Springboks, will be amongst those taking part, plus the son of Haydn Davies, the Club’s great wicket-keeper, as well as the son of Bernard Hedges, their outstanding opening batsman together with Alan Jones, Glamorgan’s legendary batsman, who joined the Club’s junior staff during the mid-1950s.

Once again, the evening will also include a couple of special films about this pivotal period in the Club’s history, as well as a photographic presentation using copyrighted material from the Club’s Archives.

This talk can be viewed online:

The next CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket talk – 6 March (19:00) – “A evening with Matthew Elliott” – the former Glamorgan, Yorkshire and Australian batsman will be reflecting on his career in county and Test cricket.