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 $4.00 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


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