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Carwyn Jones wants Wales to have international one-day team

The Swalec Stadium. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/PA Images

First Minister Carwyn Jones has called for Wales to have an international one-day cricket team.

Jones' comments, during First Minster's Questions, come after Ireland were awarded full membership to the International Cricket Council last month and given the go-ahead to play Test matches against the world's best.

Scotland also play one-day internationals as a separate entity, and now Wales' foremost politician has suggested the country should follow suit provided there was no "financial hit" on Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

Certainly a one-day team, not a Test team. I don't think we are playing close to that level. But it is odd that we see Ireland and Scotland playing in international tournaments and not Wales.

We did have a one-day team at one point for a few years.

I know there are concerns in Glamorgan because of the financial advantage they get being part of the England and Wales Cricket Board.

But from my perspective I'd very much like to see us represented internationally at cricket as long as, of course, there's no financial hit on Glamorgan and their ability to play at the highest level.

– Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister

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Glamorgan appoint Robert Croft as new Head Coach

Croft made his Glamorgan debut in 1989. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Glamorgan County Cricket Club have concluded their search for a new Head Coach with the appointment of Robert Croft.

Croft, 45, has signed a rolling contract at The SSE SWALEC after emerging as the preferred candidate following a recruitment process led by Chief Executive Hugh Morris.

Robert was the outstanding candidate in the recruitment process and his record of achievement as a Glamorgan player and an international cricketer further enhanced the impression that he made when he laid out his coaching vision.

His long association with the Club, his knowledge of the squad and his vision for the future were the most significant elements of his interview and we are very pleased that he has accepted this opportunity.

– Hugh Morris, Chief Executive Glamorgan County Cricket Club

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Cooke guides Glamorgan to victory

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Glamorgan were indebted to a brilliant unbeaten 94 from Chris Cooke as they chased down a target of 318 to beat Kent by three wickets in a thrilling Royal London One-Day Cup match in Cardiff.

Cooke struck eight fours and four sixes in his 54-ball innings as Glamorgan, who required 103 runs off the last eight overs, secured victory with two balls to spare.

Cooke did have a life, though, caught on 52 after sending a Ivan Thomas delivery high into the sky, only to earn a reprieve with the Kent seamer having overstepped.

Glamorgan miss out on T20 qualification

Glamorgan failed to qualify for the quarter finals of the T20 blast after losing to Gloucestershire in a reduced 5 over match at the SWALEC Stadium.

The home side reached 41-1 off their allocation, opener Colin Ingram hitting a quickfire 18 off 8 balls.

But the visitors reached the target with seven balls to spare, opener Chris Dent hitting two sixes off Michael Hogan's penultimate over to see his side safely into the last 8.

Glamorgan now turn their attention to the Royal London One Day Cup - they take on Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the 50 over competition tomorrow.

Colin Ingram hit 18 for Glamorgan Credit: PA photo
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