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CHAIRMAn’s LetteR


I took great pleasure during the 2010 season in seeing the SWALEC Stadium and Glamorgan Cricket enhance its reputation as an international cricket venue. As I wrote last year, our intention is to become, and remain, a major player in international cricket.


The Club had already won many plaudits for its staging of the gripping Ashes Test between England and Australia, and during 2010 we successfully hosted a game in England’s One-Day International series against Australia as well as the Twenty20 Internationals against Pakistan.


The latter contests presented us with some new challenges and fresh issues which were not of our own making. Once again, the eyes of the sporting world were focussed on Cardiff and Glamorgan’s headquarters as the cricketers from Pakistan prepared for the Twenty20 matches against a backdrop of alleged misdemeanours. Both matches at the SWALEC Stadium went off without a hitch, and proved once again our abilities at smoothly running high-profile matches.


Earlier in the summer, it had been very pleasing to welcome back the Australian team, their officials and supporters to the SWALEC Stadium for the One-Day International in the NatWest series, and it was wonderful to see the Stadium near capacity once again for an action-packed game. These successful international matches continue to build on Cardiff’s standing as a sporting venue, and throughout the year our thriving Conference and Events department have entertained representatives from the Welsh Assembly Government, Cardiff City Council and the business community of South Wales at a variety of events and meetings at the Stadium as well as building up long- lasting and sustainable relationships with our business partners and those who share in our goals and ambitions.


In 2011, we look forward to greeting the Sri Lankans for a five-day Test Match in May and then in September India for another One-Day International, as the England season begins and ends in the Welsh capital city. Neither Sri Lanka nor India – two of the most exciting teams in world cricket – have so far played at the redeveloped stadium, and it will be wonderful to see the leading players from the sub-continent perform at the world’s newest Test match venue.


On the domestic front, 2010 was a season of mixed emotions as we shared in the joy of winning a string of Championship matches and seeing Shaun Tait, the world’s fastest bowler, perform in the Glamorgan Dragons colours in the games in the Friends Provident Twenty20 competition. But we experienced frustration as well, with the team narrowly losing out on promotion to Division One of the LV County Championship in the closing match of the season, as well as the disappointments of their Twenty20 campaign and the games in the Clydesdale Bank 40 League.


In analysing the season, we should not forget that we beat Worcestershire – who will be playing in Division One of the Championship in 2011 – both at home and away, whilst we also defeated the Hampshire Royals, the eventual winners of the Twenty20 competition, at the SWALEC Stadium. But at the end of the day, we failed to win enough games, especially in one-day cricket.


We will be taking to the field in 2011 under new captain Alviro Petersen and coach Matthew Mott. Together with all Glamorgan supporters I look forward to a resurgence in our on-field performances in one- day cricket as well as producing the performances in the longer form of the game that will allow Glamorgan to play in the top flight of the County Championship.


As ever, I look forward to meeting many of you during what I trust will be a long, sunny and successful summer. I look forward to seeing you at Glamorgan Cricket in 2011.


R. Paul Russell Chairman – Glamorgan Cricket 5


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