Cresselly CC as seen in May 2007 when it hosted Glamorgan’s List A game with Surrey. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

With a population of 75, and just a dozen buildings Cresselly can lay claim to be the smallest settlement to host a Glamorgan match. Indeed, the Pembrokeshire hamlet, some ten miles north of the resort of Tenby, can lay claim to being one of the smallest places to ever stage a county match.

With building work taking place at Sophia Gardens and the redevelopment of the Cardiff ground into a Test Match stadium, Glamorgan looked to take matches to other venues in Wales during 2007 and Cresselly CC – who were formed in 1887 – were chosen to play host to the Friends Provident Trophy contest between Glamorgan and Surrey on 28 May.

The Surrey players, so familiar to the bricks and mortar of the London conurbation, were unaccustomed to having cross a cattle grid to enter the ground whose nearest neighbour was a dairy farm and a herd of Freisan cows, but despite the unfamiliar surroundings, and a six hour journey by coach from The Oval, the visitors had the last laugh as their captain Mark Butcher anchored a successful run chase.