Nye Donald played for his native county from 2014 until 2018 when he moved to Hampshire, initially on loan from mid-August before joining their staff on a full-time basis.
After impressing in Welsh Schools and 2nd XI cricket, Nye was chosen for England age-group teams. He made his first-class debut for Glamorgan as a seventeen year-old during the closing game of 2014, ironically against Hampshire at Sophia Gardens as the South Coast club secured promotion back into Division One of the County Championship.
In 2015 Nye narrowly failed at Bristol to become the Club’s youngest-ever centurion in Championship before the following summer scoring an audacious 234 against Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay, time and again lofting the visiting bowlers into and over the road and housing estate which adjoin the Rhos-on-Sea ground. He prospered from having been dropped a couple of times early in his innings and reached his maiden double-hundred from just 123 balls, thereby equaling the world record for the fastest 200 on record in first-class cricket.
Earlier that season, Nye had also scored 115 against Cardiff MCCU at Sophia Gardens and ended the summer with a first-class aggregate of 1088 runs to his name. After such a promising start, Nye’s career rather stalled during 2017 and 2018. He failed to record another hundred in Championship matches and lost his place in the Welsh county’s middle-order in red-ball games. He was still a regular face in white-ball games, opening the batting in Twenty20 cricket and playing some assertive cameos, besides proving to be a safe and reliable fielder in the deep.
DONALD, Aneurin Henry Thomas
Born – Swansea, 20th December 1996.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 234 v Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay, 2016.
In List A cricket – 53 v Sussex at The SWALEC Stadium, 2016.
In T20 cricket – 76 v Surrey at The Oval, 2017.