Glamorgan County Cricket Club


Glamorgan County Cricket Club (Welsh: Criced Morgannwg) is one of eighteen first-class county clubs within the domestic cricket structure of England and Wales. It represents the historic county of Glamorgan (Welsh: Morgannwg). Founded in 1888, Glamorgan held minor status at first and was a prominent member of the early Minor Counties Championship before the First World War. In 1921, the club joined the County Championship and the team was elevated to first-class status, subsequently playing in every top-level domestic cricket competition in England and Wales.[1]

Glamorgan County Cricket Club
One Day nameGlamorgan
CaptainSam Northeast
One Day captainKiran Carlson
CoachGrant Bradburn
Overseas player(s)Colin Ingram
Marnus Labuschagne
Mir Hamza
Team information
Home groundSophia Gardens
First-class debutSussex
in 1921
at Cardiff Arms Park
County Championship wins3
One-Day Cup wins4
Twenty20 Cup/FPt20 wins0




Glamorgan is the only Welsh first-class cricket club. They have won the English County Championship competition in 1948, 1969 and 1997. Glamorgan have also beaten international teams from all of the Test playing nations, including Australia whom they defeated in successive tours in 1964 and 1968. The club's limited overs team is called simply Glamorgan. Kit colours are blue and yellow for limited overs matches.

The club is based in Cardiff and plays most of its home games at 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).



First XI honours

  • County Championship (3) – 1948, 1969, 1997
  • Sunday/National League/One Day Cup (4) – 1993, 2002, 2004, 2021
  • Minor Counties Championship (0)
    • Shared (1): 1900

Second XI honours

  • Second XI Championship (2) – 1965, 1980
  • Second XI Twenty20 (2) – 2019, 2022

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 18–20 May 1921 and thus increased the County Championship to 17 teams. Captained by N.V.H. Riches, Glamorgan won this first match by 23 runs. Only one more victory was achieved that summer; Glamorgan lost 14 games and finished with the wooden spoon.

Club history


Glamorgan won the county championship in 1948 under the captaincy of Wilf Wooller, whose advocacy of high fielding standards was the key to beating 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. Lewis is the only Glamorgan player to captain England in Tests, when he became the first Glamorgan cricketer to lead an England tour abroad to play series against India and Pakistan in 1972–73. Maynard, who retired at the end of the 2005 season, was one of the most successful batsmen in first class cricket over the previous 20 years. The 2005 captain, off spinner Robert Croft, proved effective on England tours, and was a useful pinch hitter in List A one-day games.

The club had plans in April 2006 to extend its grounds in the Grade 2 Listed Heritage Park that is Sophia Gardens, with a 17,500 seat super-stadium.

Sophia Gardens became a Test cricket venue in 2009 when the First Test in the Ashes series against Australia was held there.



Current squad

  • No. denotes the player's squad number, as worn on the back of their shirt.
  • ‡ denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who has been awarded a county cap.
No. Name Nationality Birth date Batting style Bowling style Notes
5 Kiran Carlson*   Wales (1998-05-16) 16 May 1998 (age 26) Right-handed Right-arm off break Captain (List A & T20)
7 Billy Root*   England (1992-08-05) 5 August 1992 (age 31) Left-handed Right-arm off break
13 Tom Bevan   Wales (1999-09-09) 9 September 1999 (age 24) Right-handed Right-arm off break
16 Sam Northeast*   England (1989-10-16) 16 October 1989 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm off break Club Captain
41 Colin Ingram* ‡   South Africa (1985-07-03) 3 July 1985 (age 39) Left-handed Right-arm leg break Overseas player
55 Asa Tribe ‡   Jersey (2004-03-29) 29 March 2004 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
97 Eddie Byrom   Zimbabwe (1997-06-17) 17 June 1997 (age 27) Left-handed Right-arm leg break Irish passport
8 Ben Kellaway   Wales (2004-01-05) 5 January 2004 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm off break
9 James Harris*   Wales (1990-05-16) 16 May 1990 (age 34) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
27 Zain-ul-Hassan   England (2000-10-28) 28 October 2000 (age 23) Left-handed Right-arm fast-medium
33 Marnus Labuschagne* ‡   Australia (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm leg break Overseas player
88 Dan Douthwaite   England (1997-02-08) 8 February 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
6 Henry Hurle   Wales (2004-11-11) 11 November 2004 (age 19) Right-handed
28 Will Smale   Wales (2001-02-28) 28 February 2001 (age 23) Right-handed
37 Alex Horton   Wales (2004-01-07) 7 January 2004 (age 20) Right-handed
46 Chris Cooke*   South Africa (1986-05-30) 30 May 1986 (age 38) Right-handed UK passport
3 Mason Crane ‡   England (1997-02-18) 18 February 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm leg break
11 Andy Gorvin   England (1997-05-10) 10 May 1997 (age 27) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
18 Ben Morris   Wales (2003-11-04) 4 November 2003 (age 20) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
23 Harry Podmore   England (1994-07-23) 23 July 1994 (age 29) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
32 Prem Sisodiya   Wales (1998-09-21) 21 September 1998 (age 25) Right-handed Slow left-arm orthodox
35 Jamie McIlroy   England (1994-06-19) 19 June 1994 (age 30) Right-handed Left-arm fast-medium
64 Timm van der Gugten* ‡   Netherlands (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 33) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
71 Chris Sole ‡   Scotland (1994-02-27) 27 February 1994 (age 30) Right-handed Right-arm fast-medium
92 Mir Hamza ‡   Pakistan (1992-09-10) 10 September 1992 (age 31) Left-handed Left-arm fast-medium Overseas player



Team totals

  • Highest total for: 795/5d v. Leicestershire, Leicester, 2022
  • Highest total against: 750 by Northamptonshire, Cardiff, 2019
  • Lowest total for: 22 v. Lancashire, Liverpool, 1924
  • Lowest total against: 33 by Leicestershire, Ebbw Vale, 1965


Best partnership for each wicket

Wkt Score Batsmen Against Location Year
1st 374 Matthew Elliott and Steve James Sussex Colwyn Bay 2000
2nd 328 Eddie Byrom and Colin Ingram Sussex Cardiff 2022
3rd 313 Emrys Davies and Willie Jones Essex Brentwood 1948
4th 425* Adrian Dale and Viv Richards Middlesex Sophia Gardens 1993
5th 307 Kiran Carlson and Chris Cooke Northamptonshire Sophia Gardens 2021
6th 461* Sam Northeast and Chris Cooke Leicestershire Grace Road 2022
7th 211 Tony Cottey and Ottis Gibson Leicestershire Swansea 1996
8th 202 Dai Davies and Joe Hills Sussex Eastbourne 1928
9th 203* Joe Hills and Johnnie Clay Worcestershire Swansea 1929
10th 143 Terry Davies and Simon Daniels Gloucestershire Swansea 1982


  • Best bowling: 10/51 J. Mercer v. Worcestershire, Worcester, 1936
  • Best match bowling: 17/212 J. C. Clay v. Worcestershire, Swansea, 1937

Lists of players and club captains



  1. ^ ACS (1982). A Guide to First-Class Cricket Matches Played in the British Isles. Nottingham: ACS.
  2. ^ "Most runs for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. ^ "Most wickets for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Highest partnership for each wicket for Glamorgan". CricketArchive. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

Further reading

  • Official website