Monthly Archives: August 2011

Diary of a Glamorgan Fan (Aged 25 3/4) #11

1,000 runs and Alviro Petersen is closing in on the milestone. Although I reckon – by his own admission – the effort will ultimately be in vain. Promotion from the second division of the County Championship is looking bleak. Although not quite as bleak as some other things at the moment…

The Friends Life T20 has long become a faded memory. Concentration switched. Although annoyingly, to no better tales. A run of three straight LVCC defeats has pretty much terminated the chance of getting back into Division One. And while there have been wins in the Clydesdale 40, that’s another trophy off the radar.

Knowing where the Glamorgan team currently stands is a difficult one. Matthew Mott gets his first real crack at the team next year and will be using, surely, what we have left of this season to help guide his thoughts. Number one will be a new captain, or so it seems – Jim Allenby the front-runner perchance?

This is a Glamorgan team that never seems to age though, which might play into Mott’s hands. James Harris is still 16 and studying for his GCSEs, and Crofty is a sprightly young 32 year old. Everyone else is in between… if you believe that. The point is that there is probably no real need to break up the team.

It is a shame that Adam Shantry has called time on his career due to injury. A top bowler on his day, I still remember him and Crofty giving the Leicestershire boys what for in Colwyn Bay not so long ago. With the bat, you understand. And with the ball, but the 11th wicket partnership put on 1,854 runs together.

Anyway, we’re already a month or so from the end of the cricket season. Already. And that means the football season hath cometh aroundeth seth. Hence why my evenings have involved nurturing my favourite baby for the past month or so. A job lot of hundreds of clubs and player profiles yadda yadda.

But yes, that is why this blog has been pretty shabbily maintained recently. It is, admittedly, the case that after my messy divorce with all things football etc, I’ve run back to the harlot like the Frank Butcher that I am – avec motorised bow-tie mais sans cheeky Cockney wit. I’m not that fortunate.

Anyway, what’s coming up? After bemoaning a lack of cricket this summer, I’ve actually seen a fair bit. Lord’s, Scarborough, Dublin… they’re next. It’s just that I’ve not seen much cricket where I’ve supposed to be i.e. using my ruddy MCCC membership. That’s Middlesex to us normal peeps. Yes. I used the word peeps.

For Glamorgan, well, it has to be about as high a finish in both the LVCC2 and Clydesdale 40 group as possible. And we’ll take it from there. But if we may go through this season without losing to the Unicorns, I’ll take that. Now then, are we the world’s number one Test team yet?

The Legacy of Paul Russell

In so far as Sunday announcements go, this admittedly wasn’t one that was going to have BBC News reaching for flashing red graphics or 24-point type declaring a piece of “Newyddion Breaking”. But the departure of Paul Russell as chairman of Glamorgan County Cricket Club comes as a bit of a bolt from the blue.

It had been the initial intent that Russell’s tenure would end with a handing over to Nigel Roberts at some point in the future. The fact that Roberts will remain as deputy chair suggests that it wasn’t something immediately on the horizon. Barry O’Brien steps into the interim role, and at a pretty crucial time for the club.

According to the Western Mail, a Glamorgan delegation will be heading to Lord’s in an effort to secure an Ashes Test match in 2013. That trip – in itself – is already an example of the legacy that Paul Russell leaves the club. After all, it was he who spearheaded the determination to bring international cricket to Cardiff.

And despite some negative offerings, Cardiff excelled in delivering the 2009 epic between England and Australia. To be sat in the grandstand on day five is still an unequivocal personal favourite of mine – in terms of sporting events attended. If you need further context, I was also at the Oval on the day we nabbed the Urn.

Fingers might start pointing at a pretty dismal Test match featuring Sri Lanka in the early part of this summer, but somewhat unfairly in my opinion. It was a Test that didn’t had the allure of Australia, nor India. And the rain just made it worse. But that’s South Wales in early summer for you. It’s been lush since…

And hopefully that will extend until the Indians come to town for a one day game later this summer. You’ll see the SWALEC at its best – a raucous atmosphere and another fantastic tie, we hope. By then, we’ll also know – or at least be a lot closer to knowing – who will host an Ashes Test in 2013 (and other games to 2015).

I’ve not always agreed with some of the decisions that have been taken under the leadership of Paul Russell. The fall-out of last winter’s resignations, sackings and general confusion still rankles. And it appears as if the ends will not be justifying the means, in terms of the on-field performances this year.

But it would be harsh – amid the bitter taste left by those various departures – not to accept that there is a certain debt of gratitude owed to Paul Russell. The future of domestic cricket is far from being rosy, but if Glamorgan secure an Ashes Test in 2013, it’ll be as much down to Russell as it is to the delegation tomorrow.