Eddie Byrom joined Glamorgan on loan from Somerset for the last three Championship matches of the 2021 season ahead of signing a two-year contract with the Welsh county. Born in Harare, Zimbabwe in June 1997, Eddie had moved to the UK in 2014 on a cricket scholarship at King’s College, Taunton before playing for Somerset’s Academy and 2nd XI, as well as for Taunton St. Andrew’s in the West of England Premier League.
Having impressed Somerset’s coaching staff – led by Matthew Maynard – with his crisp strokeplay, the left-hander made his first-class debut for Somerset against Hampshire in June 2017 and opened the batting with Marcus Trescothick. Later that year, Eddie also made his debut in the Logan Cup for the Rising Stars and posted his maiden first-class century with 152 against the Matabeleland Tuskers in Harare. 2018 saw Eddie – who holds an Irish passport – scored his maiden century for Somerset, with an unbeaten 115 against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton.
Eddie made his debut for Somerset in T20 cricket during 2019 and after a successful debut season, including an explosive 54 on his first appearance against Surrey, Eddie secured a contract with the Manchester Originals in The Hundred. The cancellation of the franchise tournament for 2020 meant he did not get a chance to play in the 100-ball tournament, but in September 2020, Eddie – who has also played club cricket in New Zealand and Western Australia – made a sublime 117 batting at number four against Essex in the Bob Willis Trophy final at Lord’s.
2022 saw Eddie score his maiden century for Glamorgan with 176 against Sussex at Cardiff during a triple-century stand with Colin Ingram.
BYROM, Edward James
Born: Harare, 17 June 1997.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket: 176 v Sussex at Sophia Gardens, 2022; 2/64 v Surrey at The Oval, 2021.
In T20 cricket: 37 v Somerset at Taunton, 2022.