Nick Selman enjoyed a six-year career as Glamorgan’s regular opening batsman in red-ball cricket from 2016.
He joined the Club after an impressive trial during August and September 2015, and after a series of centuries in 2nd XI cricket, Nick became a regular face in the Welsh county’s line-up for the second half of the Championship season. He duly posted his maiden first-class hundred against Northamptonshire at Swansea, besides becoming the first opening batsman for a dozen years to carry his bat throughout an innings, with Nick also adding a second century to his tally in the match against Gloucestershire at The SSE SWALEC.
2017 was a fine summer for the opening batsman as he scored four centuries and led the Welsh county to victory with a fine hundred against Durham at Swansea. He met with less success during 2018 but bounced back to form during 2019 besides sharing several useful stands with Marnus Labuschagne. The first at Newport helped to turn the match with Gloucestershire in Glamorgan’s favour with Nick scoring a career-best 150, before a few weeks later at Hove the pair added a Club record 291 in 75.2 overs against Sussex with Nick making an obdurate 99 before being dismissed one run short of another richly deserved hundred.
Nick has also had opportunities since 2018 to display his talents in white-ball cricket, with a cultured 92 against Kent at Canterbury in 2018, as well as a superb hundred for the 2nd XI in their T20 semi-final against their counterparts from Nottinghamshire at Arundel Castle in 2019. 2020 also Nick appear again in the Vitality Blast and in the closing game at Worcester his forthright 78 helped to lay the foundations for a thrilling victory in the last over.
The opening Championship game of 2019 against Northamptonshire at Cardiff also saw, during the dying embers of a draw, Nick claim his maiden first-class wicket, accompanied to shrieks of delight and a huge semi-circular run around the pitch! However, Nick struggled with the bat during first-class games in 2020 and 2021, besides losing his place in the Championship line-up.
2021 saw Nick become a member of Glamorgan’s winning team in the Royal London Cup competition, during which he scored a career-best 140 against Leicestershire at Grace Road. He ended the season as the Club’s leading run-scorer in List A games in 2021, but at the end of the season he opted against staying in South Wales and returned to Australia to pursue new opportunities.
Born and raised in Brisbane, Nick represented Queensland in both cricket and Australian Rules football at age-grade levels, before opting to choose cricket as his first-choice sport. Using his dual Australian-British citizenship, he enjoyed a couple of run-laden seasons with Tunbridge Wells CC which attracted the attention of Kent for whom he made his second eleven debut in 2014, besides having a trial with Gloucestershire during 2015.
SELMAN, Nicholas James
Born – Brisbane, 18th October 1995.
Best performances for Glamorgan:
In first-class cricket – 150 v Gloucestershire at Spytty Park, Newport, 2019; 1/22 v Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens, 2019.
In List A cricket – 140 v Leicestershire at Grace Road, 2021.
In T20 cricket – 78 v Worcestershire Rapids at New Road, 2020.