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Podmore returns to Glamorgan as new season gets underway

Middlesex seamer Harry Podmore has returned to Glamorgan for a second loan spell as the new county season gets underway.

Podmore played two first-class matches for Glamorgan last season. Credit: PA

The 22-year-old has been brought in for a month following injuries to fellow bowlers Ruaidhri Smith, Graham Wagg, Timm Van Der Gugten and Michael Hogan.

Podmore, who played two first-class matches during his short-term stay in Wales at the start of last season, will be available to Glamorgan for three Specsavers County Championship Division Two fixtures.

Glamorgan gave my first chance in first-class cricket and I'm grateful to them for giving me another opportunity to play red-ball cricket.

Clearly with the amount of fast bowlers at Middlesex it can be hard to get a game.

However, it's a good young bunch at Glamorgan and they made me feel so welcome last time, which made my decision to come back easier for me.

– Harry Podmore, Glamorgan

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Mark Wallace brings 18 years with Glamorgan to a close

In 2015 Wallace passed the landmark of 10,000 runs in first-class cricket. Credit: PA

Glamorgan's Mark Wallace has announced his retirements from cricket after 18 years with the team.

The former captain, described as the most successful wicket-keeper batsman in Glamorgan's history, will take up a role at the Professional Cricketers Association to help support professional cricketers in the South-west and Wales area.

I've been extremely fortunate to have been able to represent Glamorgan for so long.

While I walk away with a heavy heart I'm delighted to be able to start the next chapter of my life with the PCA. I'm hugely thankful to the club for the opportunities they've given me, the supporters for enduring some of my performances and to my family and friends for their unwavering support.

– Mark Wallace, former Glamorgan cricketer

Glamorgan to host landmark floodlit fixture

The first-ever-day-night Championship cricket fixture in Wales will take place at the SWALEC Stadium next summer, when Glamorgan host Derbyshire on June 26th.

The game in Cardiff will be one of a full round of nine floodlit day/night matches in the County Championship all starting on the same day, to be played with pink balls and hosted by Essex, Hampshire, Warwickshire, Yorkshire, Durham, Northamptonshire, Nottinghamshire, Sussex as well as Glamorgan.

Although a full round of fixtures is unprecedented the day/night innovation to Championship cricket is not the first-ever Championship game to be staged under floodlights, as in September 2011, Glamorgan were victorious in a pink-ball trial at Canterbury against Kent.

Glamorgan's Cosker announces retirement

Glamorgan's left-arm spinner Dean Cosker has announced his retirement from the game.

Cosker was Glamorgan's longest serving player. Credit: PA

The 38-year-old, who made his county debut in 1996, was the last remaining player from Glamorgan’s 1997 County Championship title triumph still playing.

Cosker took 957 wickets in total for Glamorgan and England A, with whom he toured in 1997/98 and 1998/99, including 597 in first-class cricket.

He was particularly effective in one-day cricket and was vital in Glamorgan’s national league titles in 2002 and 2004. He also played in two Lord’s finals in 2000 and 2013.

“I feel very humbled and privileged to have had the opportunity to represent Glamorgan Cricket over the past 21 years. I have been very lucky to rub shoulders with some of the game’s finest players and characters, and both on the field and in the changing room I have been able to share some fantastic times that will stay with me as great memories for years to come.I have loved my time at Glamorgan and feel proud to say this was the only county I ever wanted to play for.

– Dean Cosker

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Radford leaves position as Glamorgan Head Coach

Toby Radford has left his position as Head Coach of Glamorgan, the County Cricket Club has announced.

Toby Radford has left his position as Glamorgan's Head Coach. Credit: PA

Under his leadership the club finished 4th in Division 2 of the County Championship last summer - their second highest championship position over the last 10 years.

I am obviously pleased that the team showed major improvement in the past two seasons and it has been highly competitive across all formats and in all competitions."It is disappointing for me not to be able to see the work through to its conclusion but I am confident that the wealth of home-grown young talents like David Lloyd, Aneurin Donald and Andrew Salter, all of whom are now first team regulars, gives the club huge optimism for both the immediate and long-term future. I would like to thank all of those who supported me in taking this club forward. Together we made big strides.

– Toby Radford

Radford will now return to specialist batting coaching, a role he performed with the West Indies international team when they were crowned ICC World Twenty20 Champions in Sri Lanka in 2012.

On behalf of the club I would like to thank Toby for the contribution he has made as Head Coach during the last two years. His hard work and commitment to the role has been evidence for all to see and under his leadership we have made an important step forward in championship cricket."The coaching Toby has done with our young batsmen has been particularly important and I believe the players and the club will reap the benefits of this work in years to come. He leaves the club with our best wishes for the next stage of his coaching career.

– Hugh Morris, Chief Executive, Glamorgan CCC

Head groundsman leaves Glamorgan Cricket Club

Glamorgan County Cricket Club says Keith Exton has left his role as head groundsman with immediate effect.

Groundsman Keith Exton was at Glamorgan for six years. Credit: glamorgancricket.com

The Welsh side were fined £9,000, of which £5,000 was suspended, after their Royal London One-Day Cup match against Hampshire was abandoned for "unfit" conditions last month.

The Club would to thank Keith for his role in establishing The SSE SWALEC as a firm fixture in the international cricket calendar and particularly for his preparation of 2 Ashes Test pitches during his 6 year tenure in Cardiff.

– Glamorgan Cricket Club

Glamorgan accept fine after unsafe pitch calls off match

Glamorgan County Cricket Club have accepted a fine and points deduction after their match with Hampshire was called off due to an unsafe pitch.

Glamorgan are now in 8th position in the Group B table.

Players were taken off by the umpires at the Swalec Stadium when the ball started bouncing unusually, hitting batsmen on their helmets.

Glamorgan have been given a nine thousand pound fine, five of which is suspended, and will be deducted three points.

"Our internal investigation is ongoing and we are committed to taking whatever action is necessary to ensure that we produce the best possible pitches for the rest of this season and beyond. We will provide a further update when we are in a position to draw firm conclusions.”

– Hugh Morris, Chief Executive, Glamorgan County Cricket Club

The ECB has confirmed that they will use the receipt of the fine to compensate Hampshire supporters who travelled to the match.

Glamorgan are now in 8th position in the Group B table on 2 points.

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