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

or on the BBC website

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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

Malcolm Nash-Not Only But Also- My Life in Cricket

August 31st saw the 50th Anniversary of the World Record Six Sixes scored by Sir Garry Sobers off the bowling of Malcolm Nash. With Christmas coming what better ‘Stocking Filler’ for your friends or Loved Ones than a copy of this really interesting story. To access a signed copy contact either John Williams  or




The Book Cover

Sir Garry and Malcolm Signing together

Malcolm with his friend Alan Wilkins at Cheltenham College


This year’s AGM will be held in the Captain Evan Evans Room at the Tower Hotel & Spa, Jersey Marine, Swansea at 6-00pm on Monday, 1st October 2018. It will be held prior to the Glamorgan Players Annual Presentation Evening.


  1. Apologies for absence
  2. Minutes of the last AGM- 2017
  3. Chairman’s Report
  4. Presentation of Accounts
  5. Election of Committee for 2018/19
  6. Question Time
  7. Any other business

All paid up members are eligible to stand for election to the Committee.

A written nomination for the Committee should be sent to the Secretary to arrive by Saturday September 22nd 2018.

The nomination should be signed by a Proposer and a Seconder, both of whom should be paid-up members.


Mr Allan Gray  (Secretary), 26 Notts Gardens, Uplands, Swansea, SA2 0RU

Balconiers’ 45th Annual ‘End-of-Season’ Glamorgan Players Awards Dinner & Reminiscing on a number of Anniversaries celebrated in 2018

The Towers Hotel, Jersey Marine, Swansea on Monday, 1st October 2018 at 7:00 for 7:30pm

This year during the evening we will be reminiscing on a number of Anniversaries that were celebrated during the 2018 season, The historic first Championship win in 1948, the victory in 1968 against the touring Australian Team and the world record Six Sixes scored by Sir Garry Sobers off the bowling of Malcolm Nash. We are again grateful to Dr Andrew Hignal and Edward Bevan for their assistance in staging this annual event

Talks in the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket – 2018/19 Announced

The first batch of talks to be held in the CC4 Museum of Welsh Cricket at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff starting t 7pm have been announced.

For full details, booking, parking etc. please refer to:

In brief:

10th October 2018 – An Evening with Alan Wilkins

9th November 2018 – British Legion Remembrance Event

21st November 2018 – The Cricketing Family Harrison

4th December 2018 – Winter Quiz

15th January 2019 – An Evening with Alan Jones

Talks for February and March yet to be detailed.

New Book: Whites On Green: A history of cricket at St Helen’s, Swansea by Bob Harragan & Andrew Hignell

For those at the Balconiers Buffet Evening held at St Helen’s on the 22nd June 2018 may recall that Dr Andrew Hignell presented John Williams with the first copy of a new book shortly to be released, well it was released yesterday and is available from The Association of Cricket Statisticians and Historians at £18.

It is the only county cricket ground in the United Kingdom where you can both see the sea and feel the breeze coming off the adjoining estuary – the St Helen’s ground in Swansea where some memorable days in cricket history have thrilled the crowds shoe-horned into the tiered enclosures lining the boundaries at one of county cricket’s most idiosyncratic venues.

It was at the Swansea ground where Glamorgan secured a dramatic two-day victory over the 1951 South Africans; where the guile and spin of Johnnie Clay confounded and becalmed Australian batting legend Don Bradman; where during the late 1940s, John Arlott sat in the BBC radio commentary box, alongside Swansea’s favourite son, the famed poet Dylan Thomas; where in 1976 West Indian legend Clive Lloyd struck the world’s fastest double-hundred; where Matthew Maynard struck an astonishing hundred on first-class debut in 1985; where Glamorgan defeated the Australians on successive tours in 1964 and 1968; and where – during the latter season – Garry Sobers became the first man in cricket history to hit six sixes in an over.

This book by Andrew Hignell and the late Bob Harragan is the fifth in the highly acclaimed Cricket Witness series and its publication, during the summer of 2018, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Sobers’ feat at the Swansea ground against the occasional spin of Malcolm Nash. Besides recounting all of these feats, and a number of other memorable occasions in cricket history at St Helen’s, this book also traces the creation during the second half of the 19th century of the ground – used by Swansea’s cricket and rugby teams – and its integral place in Welsh sporting history. Lavishly illustrated with many hitherto unpublished photographs, this book will appeal to local historians as well as aficionados of the summer game, besides showing how popular outgrounds and cricket festivals have been in the county cricket calendar.