In 2005 Dan Cherry, Glamorgan’s left-handed opening batsman, made what at the time was the highest-ever score by an uncapped batsman for Glamorgan as he made 226 against Middlesex at Southgate.
The son of a prep school headmaster, Dan’s family hail from the Cresselly area of Pembrokeshire. With his father having moved from Christ College, Brecon to take up a Headship at Felton Fleet in the Home Counties, Dan was fortunate to gain a place at Tonbridge School, where he excelled at rugby and cricket.
As a schoolboy cricketer, Dan represented England Under 17’s,before in 1998 making his debut for Glamorgan 2nd XI for whom he hit an impressive 124 against Gloucestershire 2nd XI at Usk. Many saw similarities in his technique with that of fellow left-hander Hugh Morris, and at the end of the 1998 season, a series of injuries resulted in Dan making his first-class debut against Derbyshire at Cardiff.
Dan subsequently read History at Swansea University, and during 2002 he re-appeared in the county`s 1st XI and scored a maiden one-day century in August during the county`s friendly against Scotland. Having enjoyed a very successful summer with the bat in 2004 for Glamorgan’s 2nd XI, Dan had further first-team experience over the course of the next few summers.
A back injury to Matthew Elliott on the morning of Glamorgan’s match at The Oval in May 2005 led to Dan being hastily called into the side to play Surrey, and after a car journey up the M4, Dan took his place in the field. His steady batting meant he kept his place in the side when Elliott regained fitness, and having sharing a productive stand with the Australian against Sussex at Swansea, Dan recorded both his maiden Championship hundred and double-hundred during the first innings of Glamorgan`s match against Middlesex at Southgate. At the time, his score of 226 was the 14th highest in the history of the Club.
Despite some useful scores in the middle-order during one-day games, Dan was largely viewed as a four-day specialist. He lost his place in the 1st XI midway through the 2006 season, but played in the early matches again the following. However, he failed to command a regular place and with other younger batsmen waiting in the wings, he was released from the county’s staff at the end of the 2007 season.
After commencing a master’s course in criminology, Dan has subsequently moved into the administrative world of first-class cricket and has been Head of Stadium Operations at Glamorgan’s redeveloped ground at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
CHERRY, Daniel David
Born – Newport, 7th February 1980.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 226 v Middlesex at Southgate, 2005.
In List A cricket – 42 v Middlesex at Lord’s, 2005; 1/26 v Hampshire at The Rose Bowl, 2006
In T20 cricket – 43* v Worcestershire at New Road, 2005; 2/6 v Worcestershire at Sophia Gardens, 2003.