Pontypridd (2)

A panoramic view of Ynysangharad Park in 1926. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

In 1926 Glamorgan played their inaugural County Championship match at Pontypridd. At the time, the Club were beset by financial difficulties, and with falling attendances and rising costs at Cardiff and Swansea, the committee allocated the game with Derbyshire to Ynysyangharad  Park. Despite rain interruptions, many people from the industrial communities took the opportunity of visiting the Park to see Glamorgan in action, and two fixtures were allocated to Pontypridd in both 1927 and 1928, followed in 1929 by the contest against the touring South Africans.

With games being allocated to grounds in Monmouthshire and Carmarthenshire, Pontypridd`s quota was amended during the 1930s to an annual game. However, the vagaries of the South Wales climate seemed to conspired against the county club and it seemed that every time Glamorgan ventured up the Taff Valley to Ynysangharard Park, the heavens opened, and the matches end in rain-affected draws.

By the late 1960s falling attendances and the rising costs of playing at out-grounds led to Pontypridd only being allocated a one-day game, but the ground was dropped from the fixture list in 1973 as the club decided to concentrate their games at Cardiff. They returned in 1988, as the Club, during  their Centenary Year, re-visited many of the grounds where they had played during their history.

Hugh Morris leads Glamorgan into the field for their Sunday League match against Lancashire at Pontypridd in 1988. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Thanks to generous sponsorship from local businesses, and the Taff-Ely Borough Council, more one-day games were allocated to Pontypridd, whilst a lucrative sponsorship package, and further support from the Council, led to Pontypridd staging Glamorgan`s match in 1994 with the South Africans, and the fixture in 1996 with the Pakistanis. Further ground improvements took place during the mid-1990s, with the old single-storey pavilion being replaced by a modern two-storey brick building. The most recent match at Ynysangharad Park came in 1999 when it hosted the contest in the National League with Surrey, with a decent-sized crowd seeing a superb 155* by Jacques Kallis as Glamorgan demolished a lacklustre Surrey attack.

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