Toby Radford has left his position as Head Coach of Glamorgan, the County Cricket Club has announced.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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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Matthew Maynard has told ITV News he's looking forward to returning to Glamorgan. The county's former captain and coach will come back to work with young players next summer.
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."
Cricket and Glamorgan will face Nottinghamshire in the YB40 final at Lords later this month.
The Welsh county overcame last year's winners Hampshire by 31 runs to book their place finally giving Glammy fans something to celebrate after an otherwise disappointing season.
Glamorgan have won Yorkshire Bank 40 game against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton by 31 runs.
Glamorgan were put in to bat first after losing the toss but made 234 for 4 in their innings. Hampshire went on to score 203 for 8, putting Glamorgan through to the final at Lords.
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 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.