Alfred Holsinger – the first Sri Lankan professional in Wales

Alfred Holsinger was the first professional cricketer from Sri Lanka and the first black professional to appear in club cricket in both Lancashire and Wales. The son of a printer, he attended the prestigious St. Thomas’ College in Colombo where, during the 1890s,  he developed a deserved reputation as a fast bowler and in 1896 … More Alfred Holsinger – the first Sri Lankan professional in Wales

Rogerstone Welfare CC – The post-war years

Cricket continued to flourish in Rogerstone after the Second World War and during the 1950s the first practice nets were installed, comprising coconut matting laid on top of a concrete strip. They were initially situated in the eastern corner of the Welfare Grounds, but it was soon found that batsmen were facing the setting sun … More Rogerstone Welfare CC – The post-war years

A hat-trick of stumpings

Sam Brain was Glamorgan`s first regular wicket-keeper in the Minor County Championship, and in 1893 he created a unique record, whilst playing for Gloucestershire, by making three stumpings in consecutive deliveries as sixteen year-old leg-spinner Charles Townsend took a hat-trick against Somerset at Cheltenham College. His feat came shortly before the end of the second … More A hat-trick of stumpings

Ynystawe CC

Ynystawe CC was founded during 1920 by a group of villagers who had safely returned after fighting for King and Country during World War One. The club initially played in Ynystawe Park which had been gifted to the local community by John Player. In 1953 the club bought a four acre field from a local … More Ynystawe CC

‘Glamorgan are worth going to see’: C.L.R. James’s reports on Glamorgan against Lancashire for the Manchester Guardian, 1934-35.

In April 1933, just over a year after arriving in Britain, the young black Trinidadian writer C.L.R. James started work alongside Neville Cardus as a cricket correspondent for the Manchester Guardian. According to Paul Buhle, James’s authorised biographer, this made James ‘the first West Indian, the first man of colour, to serve as cricket reporter … More ‘Glamorgan are worth going to see’: C.L.R. James’s reports on Glamorgan against Lancashire for the Manchester Guardian, 1934-35.