Born in South Africa, but raised in Chepstow, Adrian Dale made his Glamorgan debut in 1989 whilst still at Swansea University. The right-handed batsman and accurate seam bowler was a member of the successful Combined Universities side, and after coming down, he initially became a key figure in Glamorgan’s successful one-day team before securing a place in their top order in Championship games.
During 1993 Adrian hit the headlines as he shared a record partnership of 425* for the fourth wicket with Viv Richards against Middlesex at Cardiff. Adrian’s contribution was a career best 214* and at the end of the season, he was selected for the England A tour to South Africa.
In the mid-1990`s, Dale was hampered by some niggling back injuries and a loss of form with the bat, but a match-winning hundred against Northamptonshire in May 1996 heralded a return to form. He secured a regular place at number three in 1997, and for the next seven seasons was a consistent and reliable top order batsman.
2000 saw Dale deservedly win the Glamorgan Player of the Year Award, with over 800 runs and 23 wickets in first-class cricket, as well as many important contributions with both bat and ball in the limited overs games. Adrian followed this up with another fine all-round performance in 2001, winning the Player of the Year award again.
The shrewd all-rounder enjoyed a good Benefit Year in 2002, and was an ever-present member of the side that won the National League title. He featured again in Glamorgan`s team that won the totesport League title in 2004, and after announcing that he was retiring from cricket at the end of the season and emigrating to New Zealand, it was fitting that Adrian should score the winning runs as the Welsh county secured the one-day League title by defeating Lancashire at Colwyn Bay.
Adrian has subsequently enjoyed a successful coaching career in New Zealand, overseeing the National Academy in Auckland besides representing his adopted country in the Over 50s World Cup in South Africa during 2020.
Born – Germiston, Johannesburg, 24th October 1968.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 214* v Middlesex at Sophia Gardens, 1993; 6/18 v Warwickshire at Sophia Gardens, 1993.
In List A cricket – 110 v Lincolnshire at Swansea, 1994; 6/22 v Durham at Colwyn Bay, 1993.
In T20 cricket – 18 v Somerset at Sophia Gardens, 2003; 2/15 v Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens, 2003.