Runs and Records at Rhos-on-Sea

A view of a Championship match in 2004 from the Embankment End of the Colwyn Bay ground. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

Many of Glamorgan’s recent Championship games at Colwyn Bay have been high-scoring and record-breaking affairs, whilst some of the one-day encounters have seen some thrilling run-chases, such as the 40-over game against Leicestershire as Mark Wallace smashed four sixes in the closing overs to guide Glamorgan to their target of 292 with four wickets in hand.

The following year, the East Midlands side visited Rhos-on-Sea for a Championship match with Robert Croft and Adam Shantry coming close to the county’s all-time ninth wicket record as they shared a partnership of 197. Shantry completed his maiden first-class century  whilst Croft also reached three figures before, in tandem with Dean Cosker, spinning Glamorgan to an emphatic innings victory.

Cosker was to the fore again in 2010 as the left-armer claimed 4/27 as Worcestershire crumbled in their second innings to give Glamorgan a 241-run victory. Glamorgan then made it three wins from three as in 2011 they again overwhelmed a lacklustre Leicestershire side by 108 runs with Will Bragg posting his maiden Championship hundred. After a rain-ravaged draw against Yorkshire in 2012, Glamorgan looked like returning to winning ways against Lancashire in 2013 and set a target of 154 they appeared to be cruising to victory at 109-4. But a collapse set in as Simon Kerrigan snaffled five wickets to see Lancashire to a dramatic 14-run victory.

A view of the Colwyn Bay Ground and Pavilion at a one-day game in 2011. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

The Red Rose county won again by an innings and 157 runs in 2015 after Alviro Petersen and Ashwell price added a record stand of 501 for the third wicket with Petersen making 286 and Prince 261. It was then the turn of Glamorgan, or more precisely Aneurin Donald to enter the history books at Rhos-on-Sea in 2016 as the young batsman blasted 234 from 136 balls with his 123-ball double hundred in 201 minutes equalling the world record. His efforts helped Glamorgan to a four-wicket victory and the Welsh county looked like winning again at Colwyn Bay in 2017 as Sussex subsided to 179-9 chasing a target of 208, only for Ollie Robinson to use the long handle with good effect and blast an unbeaten 41 to see the visitors home.

A batting masterclass from Ian Bell saw Warwickshire to a handsome innings victory at Colwyn Bay in 2018 with the former England batsman making a sublime 204. The following year, it was Springbok Dane Vilas who completed a match-winning double-hundred at the Rhos-on-Sea ground as he made 266 to see Lancashire to another innings victory.

A view of the Colwyn Bay pavilion from the Penrhyn Avenue End at the Championship match in 2015. Photo Credit – Glamorgan Cricket Archives.

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