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Glamorgan attend photocall as domestic season nears

Glamorgan Cricket Club will be attending a photocall later, with the new County Championship season getting underway this weekend.

Club players will pose for photos ahead of Glamorgan's Division 2 opener against Leicestershire at Grace Road on Sunday.

A hamstring injury has ruled Glamorgan's Michael Hogan out of Sunday's game with Leicestershire. Credit: PA

Glamorgan were involved in a disappointing campaign last year, finishing a place above Leicestershire who themselves sat bottom of the Division and failed to register a win all season.

The match will also see Mark Cosgrove lead out the home side as captain - the Australian who played for Glamorgan between 2006 and 2011.

Cosgrove has been in impressive form in pre-season, with the left handed batsman hitting 92 off 90 balls on his Leicestershire debut against Cambridge MCCU.

Craig Meschede has arrived at Glamorgan on loan from Somerset. Credit: PA

Elsewhere a hamstring injury is set to rule out Michael Hogan, but Glamorgan will look to hand championship debuts to Colin Ingram, James Kettleborough and Craig Meschede, who arrives in Wales on loan from Somerset.

The match will also mark Jacques Rudolph's debut as Glamorgan captain, succeeding Mark Wallace.

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Radford named Glamorgan coach

Glamorgan have appointed former Middlesex coach and West Indies assistant Toby Radford as their new head coach, taking over the role vacated by Mathew Mott in the summer. Forty-one-year-old Radford beat Glamorgan stalwarts Robert Croft and Steve Watkin to the appointment.

Radford's post will begin officially on November 1st after Glamorgan secure final termination of his current role as batting coach to the West Indies national side where he has guided the likes of Chris Gayle and Shivnarine Chanderpaul in both long and short forms of the game.

Born in Caerphilly, Radford featured for both Middlesex and Sussex as a batsman and ocasional off-spinner during the mid-nineties before moving into coaching with Berkshire Minor Counties, while still featuring for Glamorgan 2nd XI.

"I am honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to working with Chief Executive and Director of Cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the County I supported as a youngster"It was great to see the team reaching a Lord's final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud."

– Toby Radford

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Glamorgan T20 campaign ended by Gloucestershire

Glamorgan have missed out on a place in the T20 quarter finals for the fifth year running after a nine wicket loss in their final Midlands, Wales and West group match against Gloucestershire at the Swalec Stadium.

A win from either of the last two games could have seen Glamorgan through to the knockout stages of the competition for the first time since 2008.

After losing the toss Glamorgan and being put into bat Glamorgan coach Mathew Mott chose to shake-up his batting lineup and open with overseas player Marcus North (20) in place of wicket keeper Mark Wallace.

Together with Jim Allenby (85*) the pair put on 55 in the first 8 overs, before North departed, bowled by Benny Howell.

From there only Allenby was able to make a meaningful impression as Murray Goodwin (11) was the only other batsman to make double figures as Glamorgan posted 141-5 from their 20 overs.

In reply Gloucestershire's opening pairing of Michael Kilnger (86*) and Chris Dent (25) took the visitors to 66 for the opening wicket before Australian Dan Christian (25) came to the fray to finish off the pursuit with Klinger.

Glamorgan sign Kiwi Nathan McCullum for T20

Nathan McCullum has enjoyed playing in Cardiff in the ICC Champions Trophy. Credit: PA

Glamorgan have announced that New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum will play for them in the county Twenty20 competition this summer.

The 32-year-old is an experienced international, and is playing at the Swalec Stadium today against England in the ICC Champions Trophy.

His younger brother Brendon had a spell with Glamorgan in 2006, scoring the club's fastest-ever 50 in T20 cricket from just 18 balls.

"I'm looking forward to joining up with the Glamorgan squad", Nathan said. "I've spent a bit of time in Cardiff over the past few weeks and have enjoyed playing at the SWALEC Stadium."

Matthew Mott, Glamorgan's Head of Elite Performance, said: "We are delighted to have secured Nathan's services. He is an experienced T20 cricketer and we believe he will be a valuable addition to our squad."

Glamorgan begin the Friends Life t20 away against Worcestershire on 28 June.

Glamorgan's hopes for 2013

Glamorgan's Mark Wallace retains the captaincy of the Championship side for another season Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

After a disappointing 2012 Glamorgan are hoping 2013 will bring big improvements as the Welsh county look to build on their bottom half finishes in all forms of the game.

Wicketkeeper Mark Wallace retains the captaincy of the Championship side for another season but the reigns of the one-day side move to overseas batsman Marcus North.

Coach Mathew Mott has looked to strengthen his ranks over the winter, bringing in three new faces to join the same core squad who finished last term.

Perhaps the most significant signing of the season comes in the shape of former Zimbabwean test batsman Murray Goodwin from Sussex. The right-hander, who tasted Championship success with the south coast county during a 12-year stint, amassed over 24,000 runs in all forms of the game.

Mott is hoping his experience can add to Glamorgan’s push in both the long and short forms of the game, as well as helping to develop the club’s young pros.

Glamorgan have also refreshed their overseas line-up for 2013 with the addition of Australian qualified Dutchman Dirk Nannes to join one-day captain Marcus North. Nannes will feature later in the season in Glamorgan’s T20 line-up.

Australian quick Michael Hogan also arrives at the Swalec Stadium to add further strength to the bowling department, but his decision to revoke his Australian passport in favour of a British one means he will not count towards the county’s overseas quota.

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