Cricket in Wales

An Illustrated History

Andrew Hignell

Cricket in Wales

Andrew Hignell

Distributed for University of Wales Press

328 pages | 315 color plates and half-tones | 6 1/10 x 9 1/5
Paper $10.00 ISBN: 9780708321645 Published February 2009 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

A bat-and-ball, a bowler, the third man: to many Americans, cricket sounds like a confused jumble of several contemporary sports. The history of cricket in Wales, however, dates back to 1783—when the first recorded match on Welsh soil took place and when the principality’s culture and social history forever took a turn toward cricking nationhood. Cricket in Wales is a remarkable illustrated history of the sport, tracing its development from the nineteenth-century – where it provided a common bond and unifying activity for the diverse peoples who found their way to booming Welsh cities and towns – to its current favor as the game of choice at folk festivals, rural picnics, and family gatherings. In addition to recreating the conditions and aspects of the game’s history that have generated such ardent fandom among the Welsh, this volume also considers the relationship between England—where cricket is the national sport—and Wales, who to this day still field a single representative team for the international circuit despite sometimes contentious relations, demonstrating how nationalist loyalties fuel the fire behind this engaging sport and the citizens who adore it.


Foreword by Robert Croft




1. Origins of the Game


2. Cwmgwili and the Early Clubs


3. Having a Jolly Old Time


4. The Game Spreads North and West


5. Barriers to the Spread of Cricket


6. Military Manoeuvres


7. Patrons and Supporters


8. Transport Improvements


9. Rules, Rules, Rules


10. Exhibition Games


11. Regional Teams


12. The Welsh MCC

13. Carmarthenshire—the first county club in Wales


14. J.T.D. and Glamorganshire


15. Towns and Gowns


16. Early Stars


17. Workingmen’s Teams


18. Glamorgan CCC is Formed


19. Country House Cricket


20. It’s Brain’s You Want!


21. Wickets, Goals and Tries


22. First-Class Dreams


23. Further Growth in the North


24. Gentlemen and Prayers


25. For Wales and England


26. Leagues and Associations


27. A Professional’s Lot


28. Testing Times


29. The Wooller Years


30. West is Best


31. Something for the Ladies


32. National and International Identity


33. Success at the Grass Roots


34. One-Day Success


35. A Test Match for Wales




Picture Gallery








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