Christ College, Brecon

The pavilion and scoreboard at Christ College, Brecon. Photo Credit – Huw Richards / CC Brecon

During the 1990s Christ College, Brecon hosted two one-day games – both involving touring teams, with Wales Minor Counties meeting the 1991 West Indians and two years later Glamorgan playing the Zimbabweans.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by the Development Board for Rural Wales, Wales Minor Counties met the West Indian tourists at Christ College in a 55 overs friendly on 15 July 1991. between Wales Minor Counties and the West Indian tourists. The visitors, led by Viv Richards, strolled to a comfortable victory with Carl Hooper hitting 88 off 43 balls, whilst Brian Lara also scored 82.

On 5 September 1993 the Zimbabweans were the visitors to Christ College for a 55 overs match against Glamorgan. Steve James top-scored with 77 as the Welsh county won by 53 runs. The ground has also staged Second Eleven Trophy matches against Somerset in 1996 and Hampshire in 1997, as well as Under19 and Academy fixtures.

Cricket at the famous public school dates back to the 1850s and followed the appointment as Second Master (or Deputy Head) of the Rev. Michael Farrar who introduced cricket as the first team sport at the school. In 1857 the school rented a field for cricket practice with the first recorded match taking place in August 1858 when the boarders in Rev. Farrar’s house took on the rest of the school. The following year, the pupils played the town club, before commencing in 1865 their annual challenge against the Llandovery College.

Pupils at Christ College Brecon celebrate their victory over Llandovery College in their annual match. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Several Breconians have subsequently played for Glamorgan in county cricket, including. Dr. Teddy Morgan whose name went into Welsh sporting history after scoring a try in Wales` famous victory over the New Zealand All Blacks in 1905, as well as Guy Morgan who played in 45 matches for Glamorgan between 1925 and 1938, as well as playing cricket and rugby for both Cambridge University and Wales.