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Glamorgan and Wales Academy – 2010 season Review By Richard Almond


The Glamorgan and Wales Academy team had a very successful 2010, with the team only losing one of its games and a number of the Academy players contributing regularly to the Wales Minor Counties and Glamorgan 2nd XI teams


The season began at Millfield School with our only defeat of the summer, as chasing 214 we could only muster 184, with Andrew Salter scoring 58. Our second game was a two-day contest against our counterparts from Warwickshire at St Fa- gans. We batted first on a slow wicket and managed to reach 268-9 with Sam Davies top-scoring with a patient 66. In reply, Warwickshire could only post 174 giving us victory on first innings. Dan Roberts was the pick of the bowlers taking 3/23 in 18 overs, before making a very positive 51 in our second innings as we reached 86-2 before play ended.


Our next match was another two-day game against the Berkshire 2nd XI at Reading. Thankfully, we won the toss and bat- ted first on a very good wicket. Our batsmen duly got stuck in and amassed 402-4 with Imran Hassan making 151, Sam Davies 82 and Ruaidhri Smith 61. In reply, Berkshire were bowled out for 276 with Rhodri Evans taking 3/27 and James Claybrook 3/9. That concluded our two-day program as our remaining games were all one-day contests. The first was against Shropshire U21’s and, on a wicket that spun from the start, we crawled to 183 all out with young wicket-keeper Tom Baker getting an excellent 59. After a positive start from their batsmen, our spinners took control in their combined twenty overs took 7 for 47, with Dan Roberts getting 5/20 and Nick Davies 2/27 as Shropshire were dismissed for 140.


Our final couple of games of the 2010 season were in Durham against the Northern Universities Elite Academy. The first game was reduced to a 30 overs contest with the Northern Universities making 192/9 with Nick Davies taking 3/39. We eased past their total with several overs in hand thanks to an excellent 121* from Dan Roberts. The following day, we played a 45 over game and again lost the toss as our hosts batted first. They ended up with 232-9 with spinner Nick Dav- ies once again in the wickets with a haul of 5/49. In reply, we were given an excellent start by Dan Roberts (55) and Imran Hassan (73) who added 108 for the first wicket. We then collapsed 159-6 before an unbeaten partnership of 75 between Tom Baker (32*) and Jack Murphy (32*) saw us home.


In the Glamorgan Players Awards Lunch at the end of the season at the SWALEC Stadium, Dan Roberts was awarded the Academy Player of the Year award after an excellent season where he regularly made contributions with bat and ball in the Academy, Wales Minor Counties and Glamorgan 2nd XI teams.


My thanks to all the players, supporters and support staff who have contributed to an excellent season both on and off the field for the Glamorgan and Wales Academy.


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Lee Daggett edges a ball to Jamie Dalrymple as northamptonshire plummet to defeat in the Champion- ship match at the sWALeC stadium.


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