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BOB WILLIS TROPHY FIXTURES – GLAMORGAN

The Bob Willis Trophy will hold first-class status, but is a separate competition from the County Championship, and will comprise three regionalised groups, consisting of six counties per group. Glamorgan are in the Central Group with Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Somerset, Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

The First Class Counties will play five group-stage matches – one against each county in their group – with the two group winners with the most points set to progress to a five-day final.

AUGUST (11:00 BST)

1st – 4th Somerset, Taunton, Coopers Associates County Ground

8th – 11th Worcestershire, Worcester, Blackfinch New Road

15th – 18th Gloucestershire, Cardiff, Sophia Gardens

22nd – 25th Northamptonshire, Northampton, The County Ground

SEPTEMBER (10:30 BST)

6th – 9th Warwickshire, Cardiff, Sophia Gardens

FINAL – date to be announced, a 5 day fixture

Playing conditions 

The domestic competitions will be staged under strict health and safety protocols with the Bob Willis Trophy also set to feature ECB Board-approved changes to playing conditions to help ensure the wellbeing of players, most significantly fast bowlers, following the long lay-off due to COVID-19.

The playing conditions have been put in place following extensive medical research and in collaboration with the First-Class Counties and the Professional Cricketers’ Association, and include:

  • A reduction from a minimum of 96 overs to a minimum of 90 overs in a day’s play
  • Each county’s first innings of a match can last no longer than 120 overs
  • The follow-on will increase from 150 to 200 runs
  • The new ball will be available after 90 overs rather than 80 overs

How to watch / follow:

At this moment members and supporters will not be able to attend in person at Sophia Gardens it will however be possible to watch Glamorgan’s home fixtures on the Glamorgan live stream utility. It is likely that the other counties will have similar arrangements. Please refer to the ECB link below for further information on this topic.

Update on the Vitality Blast

The fixtures for the Vitality Blast Competition have yet to be confirmed and released, the competition is set to start on the 27th August currently scheduled behind closed doors.

Further links:

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1738201/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-bob-willis-trophy

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1738199/bob-willis-trophy-fixtures-announced

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/glamorgan-announce-bob-willis-trophy-fixtures

COUNTIES AGREE TO RED AND WHITE BALL 2020 SEASON

7 JULY 2020

The ECB has released the following announcement for the 2020 cricket season:

The First-Class Counties have agreed to play both red-ball and white-ball cricket during this summer’s shortened men’s domestic season.

A majority vote was reached at a meeting of the FCC chairs today following approval by the ECB Board last month for the new season to commence on August 1.

Today’s agreement by the FCCs will be passed on for ECB Board approval in the coming days after which the details of the new fixture schedule will be drawn up and then announced.

The safety and wellbeing of all players, staff and officials remains the priority of the ECB and all FCCs will undergo further medical risk assessments and venue compliance approval as planning progresses to ensure safe environments for the start of the men’s domestic season.

Ticket holders for men’s domestic matches and FCC members are set to be contacted by venues with the options available to them after a new fixture schedule is announced.

Recognition after 50 years for Alan Jones M.B.E., President of the St. Helen’s Balconiers

Today, on the 50th anniversary of his only appearance for England in the first match of the 1970 series against the Rest of the World XI, Glamorgan legend Alan Jones was awarded with England cap 696.

In a special ceremony, conducted via Zoom, Alan received the cap after speeches from Colin Graves, Joe Root, Tony Lewis, and Hugh Morris. In attendance were a number of former Glamorgan players and staff, who were coached by Jones throughout the age groups and during his time at Glamorgan, as well as members of the national media.

For a collection of reports and articles please refer to the following websites / articles (not exhaustive):

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1683188/glamorgan-legend-alan-jones-awarded-england-cap

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/recognition-at-last-for-the-lost-test-cap-of-alan-jones-br0w0lmct

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/glamorgan-legend-alan-jones-awarded-england-cap

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/media-round-up-alan-jones-capped

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/alan-jones-capped-by-england-at-last-ed-bevan-

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/53015088

28 May 2020 – ECB update on the domestic and recreational game

The ECB has confirmed a further delay to the start of the professional domestic cricket season, with no domestic cricket to be played before 1 August.

The specifics of the season remain subject to ongoing advice from UK Government and health experts, but the ambition remains to host domestic men’s and women’s cricket across England and Wales later this summer.

For a fuller report please refer to either the ECB website or the Glamorgan CCC website. Both are listed below.

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1673749/ecb-update-on-the-domestic-and-recreational-game

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/further-delay-to-cricket-season-announced

ECB Announcement on delay to the Season – Update 24 April 2020

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least 1 July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The season remains subject to ongoing advice from government and health experts, and continued consultation with all broadcast partners to determine the optimum way to fulfil fixtures both domestically and internationally. 

The ECB Board approved the following measures:

  • Professional cricket will not be played in England and Wales until at least 1 July
  • Nine rounds of fixtures will be lost in the County Championship season, but blocks for red-ball cricket and white-ball cricket will be held in a revised schedule
  • The Vitality Blast will be pushed as late in the season as possible to give it the best opportunity of being staged. All matches previously scheduled in June will be moved later in the season
  • International cricket, featuring England men’s and women’s teams, will look to be scheduled from July until the end of September, with the West Indies Test Series and the whole women’s series against India (Vitality IT20s and Royal London ODIs) both moving from their original slots
  • An additional Board meeting will be scheduled next Wednesday on The Hundred, following a request to dedicate a further session to the competition

More at https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1660195/ecb-announces-further-delay-to-the-professional-cricket-season

Sad news – Peter Walker

It is with sadness that the St Helen’s Balconiers record that former Glamorgan and England cricketer and broadcaster Peter Walker has died aged 84 after a stroke.

An integral member of Glamorgan’s Championship winning team of 1969 and a man who featured in the Club’s historic victories over the 1964 and 1968 Australians.

A selection of obituaries and tributes can be accessed via the links below:

Glamorgan CCC

https://www.glamorgancricket.com/news/peter-walker-a-tribute

BBC

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cricket/25748988

Welsh Sports Hall of Fame

ECB

https://www.ecb.co.uk/news/1653026

Professional Cricketers’ Association

The Cricketer

https://www.thecricketer.com/Topics/countycricket/glamorgan_legend_peter_walker_dies_wales_cricket.html

ECB ANNOUNCES DELAY TO THE PROFESSIONAL CRICKET SEASON – 20 March 2020

The ECB Board has today agreed that no professional cricket will be played in England and Wales until at least May 28 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board approved the recommendation to delay the start of the season following discussions with the First Class Counties, the MCC and the PCA.

It was agreed that, given the current information available, a seven-week delay to the start of the season is the most appropriate approach.

The ECB has begun modelling a range of options to start the season in June, July or August –with an immediate focus on options for cricket in June, including the three-Test series against West Indies, the Vitality Blast and England Women’s schedule against India.

Close liaison with the Government will continue, with discussions on the potential of starting the season behind closed doors and giving sports fans the opportunity to live broadcast action.

The potential for reduced versions of competitions, should the season become further truncated, will also be discussed.

The Board will meet as needed to review the position and make further decisions as the UK situation unfolds.

ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said: “During this period of deep uncertainty it is the ECB’s first priority to protect the wellbeing of everyone within the cricket family, from players, to fans and colleagues across the game.

“The decision to delay the start of the season has been essential, given the circumstances the nation faces. I am reassured by the collaborative effort from across the game that together, we will make the very best of whatever length of season we are able to safely schedule in the coming months.

“With the information available to us at the moment a delay to the start of the professional cricket season until May 28 was unavoidable. This also allows us time to keep pace with a fast-moving situation and continue to plan for how a revised season might look. Critically, we can also remain as flexible and adaptable as possible, within the obvious restrictions we face.

“Securing the future of the game will be a primary focus as we plot a revised schedule with an emphasis on the most financially important forms of the game for the counties across international and domestic cricket.’’

The delay in the start of the season and the unknown extent of the delay to the commencement of the season will undoubtedly have an impact on the options for Daffodil Cricket Tours. The 5 day trip to Hove due to depart 7th May will not take place.

Further updates will be provided once our knowledge of the resumption of cricket is scheduled.

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.