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Michael Powell – the Glamorgan Beneficiary in 2011


Right from the start of his career back in 1997, Michael Powell hit the headlines, making an unbeaten 200 on his first-class debut for Glamorgan against Oxford University at The Parks. At 20 years old, he became the Welsh county’s youngest-ever player to score a double-hundred and only the third Englishman in the 20th century to achieve the feat of 200 on debut, emulating the feats of Hubert Doggart for Cambridge University against Lan- cashire at Fenner’s in 1948, and by Northamptonshire's David Sales, who scored 210* against Worcestershire at Kidderminster. Michael's score was also the highest-ever on debut for Glamorgan, beating the 138* which Frank Pinch, a Cornish-born schoolmaster had at Swansea in 1921.


Michael established a regular place in the Glamorgan side the following season, and the runs continued to flow from his bat, with a maiden Championship hundred at Northampton in 1998, plus a fine 164 against Nottingham- shire at Colwyn Bay in 1999. As far as one-day cricket was concerned, Michael also shared in two highly impor- tant century partnerships with Matthew Maynard in the Benson and Hedges Cup. The first was against Surrey in the semi-final at Sophia Gardens, and the second came against Gloucestershire in the final at Lord’s - without these two stands, and the gifted strokeplay of both men, Glamorgan fans would not have celebrated their club`s first appearance in a knockout final since 1977.


He continued to make important contributions in limited overs games in 2001 and 2002 as the Glamorgan Drag- ons clinched the Norwich Union League Division Two and Division One titles in successive seasons. Indeed, 2002 was an important summer for the right-handed batsman as he played a decisive innings in the title clinch- ing match against the Kent Spitfires at Canterbury, besides amassing 1,152 runs to become the Club’s leading run scorer in first-class matches and further enhancing his claims as one of the most promising young batsmen in the country.


In 2004 Michael helped the Glamorgan Dragons win the National League title again, and when Marcus Trescothick was injured in the lead-up to the one-day trian- gular series with New Zealand and the West Indies, Michael was called up as cover. The Somerset batsman duly re turned to fitness, but at the end of the summer he was chosen for the ECB Acad emy, and in 2004/05 he was a member of the England A team that toured the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka.


More records came Michael’s way in 2006 as he scored consecutive double-hun dreds against Essex at Chelmsford and then Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. For a time at the historic College ground, it looked as if Steve James’ 309* might be broken by Michael’s wonderful efforts, but on 299 he was caught behind and failed by one run of becoming the first batsman since the legendary WG Grace to score a triple century at the historic Festival.


Michael Powell, celebrating his double- century at Cheltenham.


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