Hywel Williams – The Joy of Out-grounds!

Glamorgan meet Lancashire at Pontypridd in 1988. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

The earliest memories I have are going along on Bank Holidays to see Glamorgan play in Swansea during the 1960s. I was there in 1964 and 1968 when Glamorgan beat the Australians, and can remember playing cricket with the rest of the kids on the outfield. That view from the far end of the grandstand with a full house rendered the players like ants and left me wondering what was happening!

I’ve continued to enjoyed visits to the out-grounds in adulthood. I saw the amazing physique and swagger of Viv Richards up at Pentyrch in 1993, besides talking about the racial changes in their country with South Africans while watching Jacques Kallis at Ynysangharad Park in Pontypridd during the tourist game there in 1995. Colwyn Bay is also a joy as long as you remember to bring your deck chair!

I also played for the University of Glamorgan staff team on many interesting and varied grounds, many of which are no more along with their respective teams. The nicest was by the graveyard in Ynysybwl with views down below in all directions. The smallest was in Radyr (now a housing estate), whilst the oddest was in the grounds of a now defunct sanitorium in Llantrisant in which, according to my great-grandfather’s diary, he had been a patient in 1923!