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tHe st.HeLen’s BALConIeRs


Mark Cosgrove won the St. Helen’s Balconiers Player of the Year Award, as the Swansea-based supporters organisation held their annual presentation evening on Monday, September 13th at The Towers Hotel on Jersey Marine in Swansea. Cosgrove, who amassed over 1200 runs in all cricket, won the Award ahead of Jim Allenby and James Harris who were the other two Glamorgan players shortlisted for the award.


The presentation evening also saw Nick James win the Balconiers 2nd XI Player of the Year Award, whilst batsman Ben Wright won the Gerry Munday Memorial Award for the most improved player of the year. Robert Croft was also presented with the David Evans Memorial Award in recognition of his magnificent achievement of taking 1,000 first-class wickets and scoring over 10,000 runs for the Welsh county, whilst the off-spinner was also given a presentation by Balconiers’ President Don Shepherd in recognition of his feat of taking a hat-trick at Cheltenham – the first by a Glamorgan spinner since 1964 when ‘Shep’ achieved the feat at Swansea against Northamptonshire.


Amongst the other presentations made during the evening was an award to James Harris in recognition of his achievements of becoming the youngest bowler to take 100 first-class wickets for the county and for taking over 50 wickets for the first time in his career this summer. Mark Wallace’s record-breaking run feat at Cheltenham, David Harrison’s career-best bowling at Worcester, and Jim Allenby’s contribution to five out of 7 Championship victories were also recognised. Dean Cosker was also presented with a generous donation towards his Benefit Year, whilst Balconiers Treasurer Clive Hemp presented Alan Hamer, the Chief Executive of Glamorgan Cricket with a cheque for £15,000 as a result of their outstanding fund-raising activities and other work at the Swansea and West Wales Festival of County Cricket back in July.


tHe GLAMoRGAn FoLLoWeRs


The Followers was formed approximately three and a half years ago by David East and Richard Jasinski after David had attended a Gloucestershire game and discovered they had a supporters club called “The Exiles”. This gave him the idea for The Followers with the aim of encouraging people living outside Wales to support Gla- morgan CCC. David, as Chairman, and Richard, as Secretary, have worked very hard since the inception of The Followers to organise events and to date around £40,000 has been donated to the Club for specific purposes. Unfortunately David has serious family issues which have made it necessary for him and his wife, Gloria, to move to the Nottingham area. Richard Jasinski has also decided it is time for him to stand down. They will both be sadly missed.


My wife and I have been members of the Followers since its inception and have served on the Committee to help David and Richard in organising events. I have now been installed as Chairman and my wife, Rachel as Secretary. We are realistic enough to appreciate that David and Richard are hard acts to follow, but we shall do our utmost to provide the same level of commitment and to maintain the standards laid down by David and Richard. We are both retired - I worked as an engineering Manager for the NHS until, whilst Rachel was a solici- tor working in Local Government. We have been Premier members of Glamorgan since 2000; are members of The Swansea Balconiers and have served on the committee of the Sophians. We are also involved with the organisation of monthly lunches which are held throughout the winter at the SWALEC Stadium.


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