Having pledged allegiance to Glamorgan and deified Matthew Maynard during the formative years of the 21st century, England were busy winning the Ashes in 2005 and I needed a new batting hero in Glamorgan colours: Michael Powell was that man. Big runs, elegance, style: What more could you want?
I can even recall a time that he took to the field in an England shirt. Edgbaston, I think (prove me wrong kids). Ignoring the fact that he was merely a willing 12th man, here was a Glamorgan man playing in a Test match. Such rare moments will be held dear, until James Harris eventually gets his timely call up, right?
And there was something else too. Not so much a je ne sais quoi really, more a rugged appearance with the flowing blonde locks that made him Baywatch-esque to look at. I can’t help but feel that Glamorgan’s red limited-overs attire made the pretence somewhat more lucid than it actually was in reality.
With nearly 12,500 first class runs and 25 centuries at an average of 38.34, Mikey P’s contribution to Glamorgan since 1997 speaks for itself. His 2006 player-of-the-year-winning season: 1,327 runs including back to back double tons an obvious highlight. Massive, as Mark Nicholas would no doubt exclaim.