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Glamorgan County Cricket Club
One-day name: Glamorgan Dragons
Coach: Wales Adrian Shaw
Captain: England Jamie Dalrymple
Overseas player(s): South Africa Herschelle Gibbs
Founded: 1888
Home ground: SWALEC Stadium,
Sophia Gardens
Capacity: 16,000
First-class debut: Sussex
in 1921
at Cardiff Arms Park
Championship wins: 3
Pro40 wins: 3
FP Trophy wins: 0
Twenty20 Cup wins: 0
Official website: GlamorganCricket

Glamorgan County Cricket Club (Welsh: Criced Morgannwg) is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh national cricket structure, representing the historic county of Glamorgan aka Glamorganshire (Welsh: Morgannwg). Glamorgan CCC is the only Welsh first-class cricket club. Its limited overs team is called the Glamorgan Dragons. Kit colours are dark blue and red. Shirt sponsorship is by Paramount Office Interiors of St Mellons, Cardiff and Cuddy Group of Neath who are involved in civil engineering and demolition.

The club is based in Cardiff and plays most of its home games at the SWALEC Stadium in Sophia Gardens, which is located on the bank of the River Taff. Matches have also occasionally been played at Swansea, Colwyn Bay and Cresselly (despite the latter towns being in Denbighshire and Pembrokeshire respectively).



  • County Championship (3) - 1948, 1969, 1997; shared (0) -
  • Gillette/NatWest/C&G Trophy (0) -
  • Sunday/National League (3) - 1993, 2002, 2004
Division Two (1) - 2001
  • Twenty20 Cup (0) -
  • Minor Counties Championship (0) - ; shared (1) - 1900

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (2) - 1965, 1980; shared (0) -
  • Second XI Trophy (0) -


Most first-class runs for Glamorgan
Qualification - 16000 runs [1]

Player Runs
Alan Jones 34056
Emrys Davies 26102
Matthew Maynard 22764
Gilbert Parkhouse 22619
Hugh Morris 18520
Arnold Dyson 17921
Bernard Hedges 17733
Allan Watkins 17419
Peter Walker 16510

Most first-class wickets for Glamorgan
Qualification - 800 wickets [2]

Player Wickets
Don Shepherd 2174
Jack Mercer 1460
Johnnie Clay 1292
Malcolm Nash 991
Frank Ryan 913
Wilf Wooller 887
Emrys Davies 885
Robert Croft 870
Steve Watkin 861

Team totals

  • Highest Total For 718-3d v Sussex at Colwyn Bay, 2000
  • Highest Total Against 712 by Northamptonshire at Northampton. 1998
  • Lowest Total For 22 v Lancashire at Liverpool, 1924
  • Lowest Total Against 33 by Leicestershire at Ebbw Vale, 1965


  • Highest Score 309* S.P.James at Colwyn Bay, 2000

Best Partnership for each wicket

  • 1st 374 M.T.G.Elliott and S.P.James v Sussex at Colwyn Bay, 2000
  • 2nd 252 M.P.Maynard and D.L.Hemp v Northamptonshire at Sophia Gardens, 2002
  • 3rd 313 D.E.Davies and W.E.Jones v Essex at Brentwood, 1948
  • 4th 425* A.Dale and I.V.A.Richards v Middlesex at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, 1993
  • 5th 264 M.Robinson and S.W.Montgomery v Hampshire at Bournemouth, 1949
  • 6th 230 W.E.Jones and B.L.Muncer v Worcestershire at Worcester, 1953
  • 7th 211 P.A.Cottey and O.D.Gibson v Leicestershire at Swansea, 1996
  • 8th 202 D.Davies and J.J.Hills v Sussex at Eastbourne, 1928
  • 9th 203 J.J.Hills and J.C.Clay v Worcestershire at Swansea, 1929
  • 10th 143 T.Davies and S.A.B.Daniels v Gloucestershire at Swansea, 1982


  • Best Bowling 10-51 J.Mercer v Worcestershire at Worcester, 1936
  • Best Match Bowling 17-212 J.C.Clay v Worcestershire at Swansea, 1937

Earliest cricket

Cricket probably reached Wales and Glamorgan by the end of the 17th century. The earliest known reference to cricket in Glamorgan is a match at Swansea in 1780.

Origin of club

The formation of Glamorgan CCC took place on 6 July 1888 at a meeting in the Angel Hotel, Cardiff.

The club competed in the Minor Counties Championship for many years and then applied for first-class status after the First World War.

Glamorgan CCC played its initial first-class match versus Sussex CCC at Cardiff Arms Park on 18, 19 & 20 May 1921 and thus increased the County Championship to 17 teams. Glamorgan won this first match, by 23 runs, under Captain N.V.H. Riches. Only one more victory was achieved that summer, Glamorgan lost 14 games and finished with the wooden spoon.

Club history

Glamorgan famously won the county championship in 1948 under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, whose advocacy of high fielding standards was the key to beating much stronger batting and bowling teams.

Glamorgan was the unintentional venue for a piece of cricket history on 31 August 1968 when, during Glamorgan v Notts at Swansea, Gary Sobers hit all six balls in an over from Malcolm Nash for six.

Glamorgan won the championship again under Tony Lewis in 1969 and Matthew Maynard in 1997. Maynard, who retired at the end of the 2005 season, was one of the most destructive batsmen in first class cricket over the past 20 years. The 2005 captain, off spinner Robert Croft proved effective on England tours, and is a useful pinch hitter in List A one day games.

The club has current plans (April 2006) to extend its grounds in the Grade 2 Listed Heritage Park that is Sophia Gardens with a 17,500 seat super-stadium. This is opposed by local residents' groups and earlier plans were objected to by Cadw and local MPs, Councillors and Assembly Members. See the Hit It For Six website.

On 20 April 2006, it was announced that, subject to the development being completed, one of the Tests against Australia in the 2009 Ashes series would be held at Sophia Gardens: [3].

Current squad

The Glamorgan squad for the 2009 season consists of (players with international caps are listed in bold):

Squad no. Name National Team Batting Style Bowling Style Notes
4 Mark Cosgrove  Australia LHB RM Overseas player for first half of season
08 Herschelle Gibbs  South Africa RHB LS Overseas player for second half of season
30 Mike O'Shea  Wales RHB RMF
14 Mike Powell  Wales RHB OS
28 Gareth Rees  Wales LHB LM
29 Ben Wright  England RHB RMF
7 Jamie Dalrymple  England RHB OS
33 Tom Maynard  Wales RHB OS
24 Ryan Watkins  Wales LHB RM
22 Will Bragg  Wales LHB
18 Mark Wallace  Wales LHB
32 Chris Ashling  England RHB RMF
23 Dean Cosker  England RHB SLA
10 Robert Croft  Wales RHB OS
9 James Harris  Wales RHB RFM
20 David Harrison  Wales RHB RFM
27 Alex Jones  Wales RHB LM
3 Garnett Kruger  South Africa RHB RMF Kolpak player
34 Will Owen  Wales RHB RMF
5 Adam Shantry  England LHB LFM
17 Huw Waters  Wales RHB RM
16 Alex Wharf  England RHB RMF

Notable players

Glamorgan Facts and Feats

  • Jack Mercer took all ten Worcestershire wickets for 51 at New Road in 1936. He was a member of the magic circle and went on to coach and then score for Northants.


External sources

Further reading

  • H S Altham, A History of Cricket, Volume 1 (to 1914), George Allen & Unwin, 1962
  • Derek Birley, A Social History of English Cricket, Aurum, 1999
  • Rowland Bowen, Cricket: A History of its Growth and Development, Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1970
  • Roy Webber, The Playfair Book of Cricket Records, Playfair Books, 1951


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