Ebbw Vale (3)

With an altitude of around 878 feet above sea level, the Ebbw Vale ground is the highest of all of Glamorgan`s ground. Its altitude and location, close to several upland sheep farms, has led to some unusual incidents. For example in August 1948 the first day of the Championship match against Gloucestershire was halted as a mist rolled down the hillsides and enshrouded the ground. It hung around for most of the afternoon, before lifting to reveal a flock of sheep all over the outfield.

Wilf Wooller (far left) leads the Glamorgan team into the field at Ebbw Vale in 1960. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Peter Walker, the Glamorgan and England all-rounder also recalled the time when he was batting at the Welfare Ground, and marking his guard at the crease. “After speaking to the umpire, I used the toe of my bat to mark my guard, and then used the bat to tap down a few areas on the wicket. You can imagine my surprise when a loud banging sound echoed back from underground, no doubt from a miner working in one of the mines!”

A number of illustrious cricketers have been hired over the years as professionals by the Ebbw Vale club. Percy Holmes, Harold Gimblett, and Bill Andrews are three of the famous English cricketers to be attached to the club, for whom a close with the steelworks meant that plenty of money was available to hire decent professionals.

Since 1954 the ground’s facilities have included an Indoor  School alongside the pavilion, and this has been a popular base for the county`s winter coaching programme in the Gwent Valleys. In 2006, Ebbw Vale played host to Glamorgan’s one-day friendly against West Indies A whilst in 2007 it also staged the National League encounter against Middlesex.

Action from the match between Glamorgan and West Indies A at Ebbw Vale in 2006. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Click on the link below to see the ground records at Eugene Cross Park.