Five Days of Cricket
A highlight of the season is the Swansea and West Wales Cricket Festival at St. Helen’s, Swansea, which will this year be a split Festival in May 2017.
There will be a Royal London One Day Cup match against Kent Spitfires on Sunday 14th May followed by a Specsavers County Championship game against Durham beginning 12 days later on Friday 26th May – for four days.
Special Buffet Evening
As well as the cricket, there was another Balconiers’ Special Buffet Evening. This normally takes place on the Friday evening of the Festival – more details to follow.
Last year was a celebration of our President, Don Shepherd. In particular Dr. Andrew Hignell looked back 60 years – focussing on Don’s decision to change his bowling style – from seam to off-spin – with devastating and record-breaking results! Don made his Championship debut in 1950 against Surrey at the Oval as a seam bowler but six seasons later switched to off-spin, continuing with this style until he stopping playing in 1972. We also celebrated the fact that he took a hat-trick against Northamptonshire at Swansea in 1964.