Glamorgan County Cricket Club

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Glamorgan County Cricket Club
One-day name: Glamorgan
Captain: South Africa Jacques Rudolph
Coach: vacant
Overseas player(s): South Africa Jacques Rudolph
Founded: 1888
Home ground: Sophia Gardens
Capacity: 16,000
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1921
at Cardiff Arms Park
County Championship wins: 3
Pro 40/CB40 wins: 3
FP Trophy wins: 0
Twenty20 Cup/FPt20 wins: 0
Official website:

Glamorgan County Cricket Club (Welsh: Criced Morgannwg) is one of eighteen major county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Glamorgan aka Glamorganshire (Welsh: Morgannwg). Founded in 1888, Glamorgan held minor status at first and was a prominent member of the early Minor Counties Championship before the First World War. In 1921, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to major status as an official first-class team. Glamorgan has been classified as a List A team since the beginning of limited overs cricket in 1963;[1] and as a major Twenty20 team since 2003.[2]

Glamorgan is the only Welsh major cricket club. They have won the English County Championship competition in 1948, 1969 and 1997. Glamorgan have also beaten all of the major Test playing nations, including Australia whom they defeated in successive tours in 1964 and 1968. The club's limited overs team is called simply Glamorgan. Kit colours are blue and yellow for limited overs matches.

The club is based in Cardiff and plays most of its home games at Sophia Gardens, which is located on the bank of the River Taff. Matches have also occasionally been played at Swansea, Colwyn Bay and Cresselly (despite the latter towns being in Denbighshire and Pembrokeshire respectively).

Earliest cricket

Cricket probably reached Wales and Glamorgan by the end of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to cricket in Glamorgan is a match at Swansea in 1780.

Origin of club

The formation of Glamorgan CCC took place on 6 July 1888 at a meeting in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.

The club competed in the Minor Counties Championship for many years and then applied for first-class status after the First World War.

Glamorgan CCC played its initial first-class match versus Sussex CCC at Cardiff Arms Park on 18–20 May 1921 and thus increased the County Championship to 17 teams. Glamorgan won this first match, by 23 runs, under Captain N.V.H. Riches. Only one more victory was achieved that summer, Glamorgan lost 14 games and finished with the wooden spoon.

Club history

Glamorgan won the county championship in 1948 under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, whose advocacy of high fielding standards was the key to beating stronger batting and bowling teams.

Glamorgan was the unintentional venue for a piece of cricket history on 31 August 1968 when, during Glamorgan v Notts at Swansea, Gary Sobers hit all six balls in an over from Malcolm Nash for six.

Glamorgan won the championship again under Tony Lewis in 1969 and Matthew Maynard in 1997. Maynard, who retired at the end of the 2005 season, was one of the most successful batsmen in first class cricket over the previous 20 years. The 2005 captain, off spinner Robert Croft, proved effective on England tours, and was a useful pinch hitter in List A one-day games.

The club had plans in April 2006 to extend its grounds in the Grade 2 Listed Heritage Park that is Sophia Gardens, with a 17,500 seat super-stadium.

Sophia Gardens became a Test cricket venue in 2009 when the First Test in the Ashes series against Australia was held there. It is currently known as The SSE SWALEC due to the club's commercial partnership with electricity supply and distribution company SWALEC.


Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • double-dagger denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
3 James Kettleborough  England (1992-10-22) 22 October 1992 (age 29) Right-handed  —
4 Jacques Rudolphdouble-dagger  South Africa (1981-05-04) 4 May 1981 (age 41) Left-handed Right arm leg break Overseas player; club captain
6 Jeremy Lawlor  Wales (1995-11-04) 4 November 1995 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm off break
12 Aneurin Donald  Wales (1996-12-20) 20 December 1996 (age 25) Right-handed Right arm off break
41 Colin Ingram double-dagger  South Africa (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 36) Right-handed Right arm leg break Kolpak registration
Nick Selman  Australia (1995-10-18) 18 October 1995 (age 26) Right-handed Right arm medium UK Passport
7 Jack Murphy  Wales (1995-07-15) 15 July 1995 (age 26) Left-handed Left arm fast-medium
8 Graham Wagg*  England (1983-04-28) 28 April 1983 (age 39) Right-handed Left arm medium
14 David Lloyd  Wales (1992-06-15) 15 June 1992 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm off break
20 Ruaidhri Smith  Scotland (1994-08-05) 5 August 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm medium
18 Mark Wallace*  Wales (1981-11-19) 19 November 1981 (age 40) Left-handed  — Vice-captain
22 Will Bragg*  Wales (1986-10-24) 24 October 1986 (age 35) Left-handed  —
46 Chris Cooke  South Africa (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 36) Right-handed  —
11 Kieran Bull  Wales (1995-04-05) 5 April 1995 (age 27) Right-handed Right arm off break
21 Andrew Salter  Wales (1993-06-01) 1 June 1993 (age 29) Right-handed Right arm off break
23 Dean Cosker*  England (1978-01-07) 7 January 1978 (age 44) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
30 Dewi Penrhyn Jones  Wales (1994-09-09) 9 September 1994 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast
31 Michael Hogan*  Australia (1981-05-31) 31 May 1981 (age 41) Right-handed Right arm fast-medium UK passport
34 Will Owen  Wales (1988-09-02) 2 September 1988 (age 33) Right-handed Right arm medium-fast


First XI honours

  • County Championship (3): 1948, 1969, 1997
    • Division Two (1): 2001
  • Sunday/National League (3): 1993, 2002, 2004
  • Minor Counties Championship (0)
    • Shared (1): 1900

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (2): 1965, 1980


Team totals

  • Highest Total For: 718/3d v Sussex at Colwyn Bay, 2000
  • Highest Total Against: 712 by Northamptonshire at Northampton, 1998
  • Lowest Total For: 22 v Lancashire at Liverpool, 1924
  • Lowest Total Against: 33 by Leicestershire at Ebbw Vale, 1965


  • Highest Score: 309* S. P. James at Colwyn Bay, 2000

Best partnership for each wicket

Wkt Score Batsmen Against Location Year
1st 374 Matthew Elliott and Steve James Sussex Colwyn Bay 2000
2nd 252 Matthew Maynard and David Hemp Northamptonshire Sophia Gardens 2002
3rd 313 Emrys Davies and Willie Jones Essex Brentwood 1948
4th 425* Adrian Dale and Viv Richards Middlesex Sophia Gardens 1993
5th 264 Maurice Robinson and Stan Montgomery Hampshire Bournemouth 1949
6th 240 Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace Surrey The Brit Oval 2009
7th 211 Tony Cottey and Ottis Gibson Leicestershire Swansea 1996
8th 202 Dai Davies and Joe Hills Sussex Eastbourne 1928
9th 203* Joe Hills and Johnnie Clay Worcestershire Swansea 1929
10th 143 Terry Davies and Simon Daniels Gloucestershire Swansea 1982


  • Best Bowling: 10/51 J. Mercer v Worcestershire at Worcester, 1936
  • Best Match Bowling: 17/212 J. C. Clay v Worcestershire at Swansea, 1937

Lists of players and club captains


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  2. "Twenty20 events played by Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 6 December 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Most runs for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Most wickets for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Highest partnership for each wicket for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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