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Daffodil Cricket Tours 2020

The schedule for the Balconiers “Daffodil Cricket Tours” in support of Glamorgan has been released for season 2020.

The Balconiers have been arranging stay-away trips since 1975, so the 2020 season is the 45th year of this well supported enterprise.

For full details please read the Letter_Schedule_Notes and use the Booking Form to secure a place on one or more trips. Responses by the 31st January 2020 please.

Sussex CCC at Hove in May, Nottinghamshire CCC at Trent Bridge in June, Middlesex at Merchant Taylors’ School, Northwood in July, Nottinghamshire CCC at Colwyn Bay in August and Worcestershire CCC at New Road in September.

Hove, May 2019, Sussex v Glamorgan SCC Division 2

St. Helen’s Festival 2020

Glamorgan are scheduled to play Durham in a Specsavers County Championship Division 2 four day fixture commencing on Sunday June 28th at the St. Helen’s Ground, Swansea.

Durham were the visitors to St. Helen’s, Swansea in May 2017 on which occasion Glamorgan won by 3 wickets with Michael Hogan taking 5 for 49 in the visitors 1st innings and Nick Selman scoring 116* in Glamorgan’s 2nd innings.

Further details on Glamorgan’s fixtures for 2020 can be found on the Glamorgan CCC website:

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/glamorgan-and-welsh-fire-fixtures-announced

or for a full listing of fixtures the England and Wales Cricket Board website:

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1495127/the-domestic-fixtures-to-watch-in-2020

50th Anniversary of becoming County Champions in 1969 – Celebration Lunch 8th November 2019

Tony Lewis leading the team off the field at St. Helen’s after they won the game by one run v Essex 1969. (Courtesy of Glamorgan Archives)

This year sees the St. Helen’s Balconiers celebrate the 50th anniversary of Glamorgan’s second County Championship title. This achievement was all the more notable because they finished the season undefeated – a rare achievement and the first time this had happened since 1930. To mark the anniversary, the Balconiers are hosting a celebration lunch hosted by Dr Andrew Hignell at The Towers Hotel, Swansea Bay, on Friday 8th November 2019 (12 noon for 12.30).

“It will probably be the last opportunity for Glamorgan members to see these legendary cricketers of yesterday’s era all together as a group”.

Further details follow but please note the event is RSVP by Thursday 31st October 2019.

Swansea Library: Local History Talk – A history of cricket at St Helen’s, Swansea

A free event 19 Oct 2019 2.00pm, lasting 1 hour at Swansea Central Library Civic Centre, Swansea, Oystermouth Road, SA1 3SN.

The event is being held in the Discovery Room on the first floor of the library.

Dr Andrew Hignall will be discussing his recent book looking at the incredible history of St Helen’s ground and the rich story of how cricket developed in Swansea leading to many amazing matches being played here.

Part of the celebrations of Swansea – 50 years a city. Email: libraryline@swansea.gov.uk Telephone: 01792 636464

https://www.swansea.gov.uk/article/52919/Local-History-Talk—A-history-of-cricket-at-St-Helens-Swansea

Balconiers’ 46th Annual “End of Season” Glamorgan Players Presentation Dinner 30th September 2019

Venue: The Towers Hotel, Jersey Marine, Swansea

Time: 7:00 for 7:30pm

Please read the documents below for full details and the booking form. Early booking is recommended and no later than Monday, 23rd September 2019.

Balconier Members please note that the ‘The Balconiers AGM’ will precede the Awards Presentation at 6:00 pm in the ‘Fox Talbot Suite’ at the Towers Hotel.

Malcolm Nash – Memorial Service Arrangements

Malcolm Andrew Nash 1945-2019

The Memorial Service for the Former Glamorgan Legend will be held at St James’ Church, Walter Road, Uplands, Swansea SA1 4QF on Tuesday August 27th 2019

Amba and her family invites you to join her to remember his life and the special memories of him. The Service will commence at 1 pm. There will be refreshments and a further opportunity to share stories about Malcolm after the Service in the St Helen’s Lounge, Swansea-the scene of some of his greatest sporting achievements.

Donations if desired in lieu of Flowers made out to ‘Local Aid for Children & Community Special Needs’ cheques only please c/o Amba Nash, 33, Lon Mafon,Sketty, Swansea. SA2 9EP

Sad News – Malcolm Nash

Malcolm Nash – Glamorgan Captain 1980 & 1981

It is with great sadness that the St. Helen’s Balconiers report the passing of Malcolm Nash who died overnight 30/31st July 2019. (Born 9th May 1945).

Malcolm will be inextricably linked with the St. Helen’s Ground, Swansea and his unwitting part in the Sober’s world-record six sixes over in August 1968. However he gave much more to the world of cricket than this one event with over 600 matches for Glamorgan between 1966 and 1983, he took over 1,300 wickets. He was proud of his batting with two first-class centuries including his highest score of 130 against Surrey which included a century before lunch (off 61 balls in 76 minutes). He also scored what is still (and will always be) the fastest century in the Benson and Hedges Cup competition (in 63 minutes, off 53 balls, against Hampshire).

A full tribute can be found on the Glamorgan website https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/malcolm-nash-a-tribute

or on the BBC website https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/49178748

We are back online

St Helen's Blue Plaque

Apologies to all who have missed our presence on the internet, we have had some issues with the maintenance of the site which have taken some ingenuity to resolve.

Having spent sometime resolving these issues means that we have some items to update. Hopefully this can be completed soon (by the 27th July 2019).

Sad News

It is with great sadness that we report the sad passing of two stalwart supporters of the Balconiers.  Mr G.H.H. Davies [Gerald Davies] C.Eng., C.En.,MICE, MCIHT, Head of Quality  Assurance and Compliance at Alan Griffiths [Contractors] Ltd.

Gerald was a loyal and true friend of Glamorgan C CC and the Balconiers. He was the dedicated link between Mr Alun Griffiths and the Balconiers responsible for arranging a long and fruitful sponsorship which was mutually rewarding for both parties. His funeral will take place at Three Crosses, Swansea Capel y Crwys on Wednesday February 20th 2019 at 2.30pm where all are welcome.
Secondly we have been informed of the sad loss of Mr Tom Douglas who was a faithful member of the Balconiers for many years, He enjoyed the Daffodil Cricket tours run by the Balconiers and was a loyal Glamorgan CCC supporter. His funeral service will be held at Thornhill Crematorium on  Friday February 22nd 2019 at 10.00 am
The Balconiers extend sincere condolence to the family and friends of both men. May they RIP