The best-ever bowling performances in Wales?

There are many contenders for the accolade of delivering the best bowling spell in Wales, including Don Shepherd and Johnnie Clay who each played a leading role in some of Glamorgan’s finest hours, not least the winning of the County Championship titles in 1969 and 1948 respectively. However, a performance by a 28 year-old bowler … More The best-ever bowling performances in Wales?

Jock Tait – the man who nearly made Glamorgan’s first-ever hundred.

20 May 2021 was nearly a red-letter day for Jock Tait (seen above left) as he came within four runs of scoring Glamorgan’s first-ever Championship hundred in their inaugural match as a first-class county against Sussex at Cardiff Arms Park. Scottish-born batsman Jock Tait had enjoyed the second day’s play, with the insurance broker ending … More Jock Tait – the man who nearly made Glamorgan’s first-ever hundred.

A journey to Hell?

One of the most colourful characters to ever play for Glamorgan was Frank Ryan, the Indian-born spinner who had been brought up in North America and had played for Hampshire shortly after the Great War before having a fall-out with the South Coast club and hitch-hiking his way to South Wales where he subsequently enjoyed … More A journey to Hell?

The game when two Glamorgan bowlers each took nine wickets in an innings.

Glamorgan’s match against Yorkshire at Swansea in June 1965 has gone down in the record books because the 31-run victory for the Welsh county, inside two days, saw Don Shepherd and his spin partner Jim Pressdee, each take nine wickets in an innings – the only time in the history of the game that this … More The game when two Glamorgan bowlers each took nine wickets in an innings.

Cardiff Alpha: “the smartest young club in the district.”

The photograph below shows the Alpha Cricket Club with the Cardiff and District League Challenge Cup in 1899. It was a significant achievement for a club formed in 1893 that, in the space of seven seasons, had come to be recognised as the “smartest young club in the district”. The fulcrum of the team in … More Cardiff Alpha: “the smartest young club in the district.”

The Prime Minister who played club cricket in Flintshire

William Ewart Gladstone is famous for having had four spells as Britain’s Prime Minister – the first from December 1868 until February, followed by three further stints between 1880 and 1894 – and is regarded by historians as one of the most prominent figures in British politics during the Victorian era. What is less well-known … More The Prime Minister who played club cricket in Flintshire