Monthly Archives: November 2010

GCCC – Points of View

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"And they said Eurovision was silly..."

Alan from Cardiff writes to say…

Dear GCCC (Member, and indeed the general public),

I would like to… “explain the changes that have taken place at the Club over the past two weeks.

“The club has taken a number of difficult decisions – these have been taken with the objective of improving the team’s performances over the coming seasons.”

Yours, Alan

It couldn’t remain quiet for ever, one would suppose. And now The Letter – a very public explanation of how things have played out at GCCC recently.

Certain elements of the seven-point grovel are predictable and almost justifiable; one day form has been poor and needs to improve. Even if I’m a tad cynical as to the reason why – after all, four-day cricket doesn’t pay.

But there are concerns: What has Jamie Dalrymple’s alleged off-field conduct to do with anything? Have your reasons, but don’t contrive new ones. And why wasn’t Matthew Maynard involved with the appointment of Alviro Petersen as captain? Did no-one want to sit next to him on the plane?

And onto Colin Metson. Identified by a headhunter for the role of managing director. Says Alan to the Welsh press. Forgive the curiosity, but headhunter? Did this headhunter leave his desk or just point at the first person walking past the open door? All that can be said David Pleat was managing director at Spurs once…

The Letter offers a deserved right to reply but does it really address the issues? Surely you take your head coach to get a new captain, even if he doesn’t agree with the situation; telling him in the first place would be a start. But the risk of heading round in circles is a potent one.

In any case, Mrs Maynard has already said it better than I ever could.

The positive news of late has been some warm words from Mark Cosgrove, in spite of the revelation that he has other offers. If its in any way an incentive, I’ll take him for a pint in Dempsey’s and a late night Burger King to return for the T20s. That’s a promise Mark. A promise right there on the table.

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SWALEC Landscapes

"Pie?"

The winter. It started with the arrival of Graham Wagg. James Harris signs new terms and joy is abound; the sunshine casts itself low across the SWALEC Stadium in all its glory. Then the rain arrives. And pisses all over the parade.

Three years after the second coming of our lord Matthew Maynard, the whole edifice has been collapsed upon unbelieving heads. Hastened, it seems, by what appears to be subterfuge of Machavelli proportion.

Glamorgan Cricket announced on Wednesday (that’s 17 November in normal speak) that the club can no longer accept the poor playing standard that has been the case for the last five years. Accepted, limited overs form has been pretty rubbish in that period, but County Championship Division One won’t come any closer than it did in 2010. Why the panic now?

Whatever the primary motivation, a review chaired by Colin Metson concluded that the cricketscape at the SWALEC needed to change. At the heart of that was Alviro Petersen – overseas player and captain. Add to that the likely appointment of Metson as director of cricket. Did I mention he chaired the review?

So in comes the man Petersen, who tweets “Everyone, its Glamorgan and not Glamourgan”. Fair play Alviro – if you stick to that, I’ll remember its Petersen and not Pietersen.

The review did, however, make provision for a work experience kid to make sure the revolving door didn’t smack Jamie Dalrymple and Matthew Maynard on the arse as they made their exit. It is the least Glamorgan Cricket could do.

Support or oppose the decisions taken at your choosing, but Jonathan Agnew succinctly recognised that anything that makes Peter Walker want to walk away from the SWALEC must be a sign of the impending apocalypse… or words to that effect.

Metson is yet to be confirmed, however, and a contract is on the table for Mark Cosgrove (Capital D) to join the Twenty20 ranks in 2011. But if the revolving door is currently in exit mode, I won’t hold my breath while waiting for Cossie’s decision. Nor should I assume its safe to come out from under the table yet.

When the ‘all clear’ reverberates around Cardiff, a survey of the ruins might yet yield more fatalities. I wish not. A final note, more a bastardised paraphrasing of RS Thomas’ Welsh Landscapes:

There is no present at the SWALEC,
And no future;
There is only the past.