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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.

Vitality Blast and Royal London Cup 2021 fixtures announced

Today the “White Ball Fixtures” were announced for the 2021 season.

Vitality Blast returns to the schedule in a 14-game group-stage format with Edgbaston to host Finals Day on 18 September. Royal London Cup returns to the schedule from 22 July with final to be staged at Trent Bridge on 19 August.

All Glamorgan’s home fixtures will be played at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, a statement from the club is reproduced below the fixture images.

Another piece of news announced today is that last year the Glamorgan live stream received club record numbers with over 587,000 people tuning in to watch our Vitality Blast and County Championship fixtures.

Glamorgan are pleased to say the live stream will be back this season and cover every home game across all three formats.

The club feels this is particularly important with the on-going uncertainty around crowds and the announcement earlier today that we will be unable to play at our out-grounds this season. Members and supporters across Wales and the world will still be able to follow and cheer the side from their homes this summer.

3 March 2021 update – Note Gloucestershire v Glamorgan T20 away fixture shown as 24/06/21 in the table below has been rescheduled to the 26/06/21.

Please see the post on December 17, 2020 for the 2021 County Championship Group Stage Schedule

CLUB STATEMENT: OUT-GROUND CRICKET IN 2021

5 FEB 2021 | CRICKET

It is with regret that the club announces that due to the on-going Covid-19 pandemic, we will be unable to play any domestic matches at our out-grounds this season.

All Glamorgan 1st XI fixtures in 2021 will instead be held at Sophia Gardens, with the first home match of the season starting on 15th April against Sussex in the LV= Insurance County Championship.

Chief Executive, Hugh Morris, said: “We always look forward to our Swansea, Newport and Colwyn Bay fixtures, so it is disappointing we will be unable to play at those venues this year.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic has created a series of challenges the club and our partners feel cannot be met in these uncertain times.

“We would face significant financial costs and logistical issues in running any out-ground cricket in 2021 if, as is likely, some of the current Coronavirus restrictions remain in place.

THE CC4 MUSEUM OF WELSH CRICKET TALK – 11th February 2021 @ 19:00

“An Evening with Adrian Dale”

Adrian Dale taking a wicket at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Photo Credit: Glamorgan Cricket Archives

Adrian Dale, the former Glamorgan all-rounder who was a member of the 1997 Championship-winning team, will be the next speaker in the popular series of virtual talks held via ZOOM by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket. 

“An Evening with Adrian Dale” will commence at 19:00 on 11 February with Adrian looking back on his hugely successful county career, which also saw the all-rounder feature in the Welsh county’s team which won the Sunday League in 1993, besides that summer sharing a record-breaking stand with Viv Richards at Sophia Gardens, in addition to featuring in the Welsh county’s team which played in the B&H Final at Lord’s in 2000 besides winning One-Day titles in 2002 and 2004, plus an appearance at T20 Finals Day during the latter summer.  

Adrian will also be reflecting on playing for England A as well as his recent work, coaching in Auckland and captaining New Zealand in the Over 50’s World Cup. 

Once again, attendance at the meeting will be free of charge with those wishing to attend being asked to send an email to museum@glamorgancricket.co.uk by 17:00 on 10 February. A confirmation reply will be sent out, together with further instructions and joining details for the meeting.

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

THE CC4 MUSEUM OF WELSH CRICKET TALK – 27th January 2021 @ 19:00

“Glamorgan Cricket – the 1920s and 1930s”

The first in the special series of Glamorgan Cricket’s Anniversary Talks will be held on 27 January, starting at 19:00 as part of the popular series of virtual talks held via ZOOM by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket. 

A photograph from The Western Mail newspaper of Glamorgan’s inaugural team in the County Championship in 1921. Captain Norman Riches is sat in the middle of the front row. Picture Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

The first talk, entitled “Glamorgan Cricket – the 1920s and 1930s” will look at the Club’s first two decades as a first-class county and will involve the offspring of some of the Club’s pioneering players.  

The grand-daughter of Norman Riches, the man who captained Glamorgan in their inaugural season in 1921 and led the team to victory against Sussex at the Arms Park in their first-ever County Championship will be one of the speakers, together with the son of Freddie Mathias, who was one of the larger-than-life amateurs who assisted the Welsh county in their first decade of Championship cricket. 

Also speaking will be the daughter and grand-daughter of Maurice Turnbull who led Glamorgan during the 1930s, besides playing Test Cricket for England and win rugby caps for Wales. The evening will also contain a short review of events leading up to the Club’s application for first-class status, as well as a series of special films and photographic presentations from the Club’s earliest days in the world of first-class 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 noon on 26 January. A confirmation reply will be sent out, whilst joining details for the meeting itself will be sent by email at approx. 18:00 on 27 January.  

CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket “Talk” – 11th January 2021 @10am – Michael Kasprowicz

Michael Kasprowicz will be the first speaker of 2021 in the popular series of virtual talks held via ZOOM by the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket.

The talk with Michael Kasprowicz will take place via ZOOM starting at 1000 on Monday, 11 January with Michael reflecting on his outstanding playing career with Queensland and Australia, as well as county cricket with Essex and Glamorgan. In particular, Michael will be recalling his time in Wales as the Welsh county won the Sunday League titles in 2002 and 2004, as well as the dramatic Ashes series of 2005. In addition, Michael will be talking about his life after retiring from playing cricket, with the former seam bowler now working in cricket administration in Queensland, besides serving as a Director of Cricket Australia, as well as taking part in a Q and A session with attendees.

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 Sunday, 10 January. A confirmation reply will be sent out, together with further instructions. Joining details for the meeting itself will be sent by email at approx. 0900 on Monday, 11 January.

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

2021 County Championship Group Stage Schedule revealed

Group Stage Glamorgan County Championship Fixtures 2021
Divisional Matches to be played between Monday 30th August and Friday 24th September
Group Stage Glamorgan County Championship Fixtures 2021
Divisional Matches to be played between Monday 30th August and Friday 24th September

*Fixtures for the Royal London Cup, the Vitality Blast, The Hundred, and other tournaments will be released in the new year*

The First-Class Counties agreed in October to reshape the Men’s County Championship structure for next summer only to help mitigate against the possible impact of COVID-19.

Each First-Class County has initially been placed into one of three seeded groups of six and has been scheduled to play five home matches and five away matches during the Group Stage.

The opening nine rounds of Group Stage matches are to be played on consecutive weeks and all are due to begin on a Thursday with a scheduled Sunday finish.

The Group Stage will conclude in July with the Round 10 and 11 matches to begin on a Sunday. All the First-Class Counties will play in the final round of Group Stage fixtures.

The top two counties in each group, at the end of the Group Stage, will progress to Division One, with the other counties moving into Divisions Two and Three, where they will each play a further four matches.

The winner of Division One will be crowned the 2021 County Championship winners.

The opening round of Divisional Stage matches will begin on the Bank Holiday Monday 30 August.

The five-day Bob Willis Trophy final will be played between the top two counties in Division One and is scheduled to start on Tuesday 27 September.

*Fixtures for the Royal London Cup, the Vitality Blast, The Hundred, and other tournaments will be released in the new year*