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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.

Merged university announces name choice

The University of South Wales has been announced as the preferred name of an institution set to be created in April 2013.

It will be made up of the University of Glamorgan and the University of Wales.

The University of South Wales was overwhelmingly supported as our new name amongst every single stakeholder group that we spoke to. People told us that University of South Wales made sense because of the strong geographical recognition that it provides and the way it reflects the backgrounds of the two existing institutions.

– Professor Julie Lydon, Vice Chancellor of new university

The current two universities will now begin a formal process to adopt the new name.

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Cyclists finish ride in memory of Tom Maynard

Tom's father Matthew leads the group of cyclists onto the pitch at the Oval Credit: Nigel French / EMPICS Sport

A group of cyclists, riding in memory of Welsh cricketer Tom Maynard, have arrived at the Oval cricket ground in London this afternoon, after a 150-mile journey from Cardiff.

They set off from the SWALEC Stadium, home of Tom's former club Glamorgan, yesterday. Their arrival at the Oval, home of his last club, Surrey, precedes a Clydesdale Bank 40 match between the two counties this afternoon.

The proceeds from the match, as well as the ride, will go towards the Tom Maynard Trust. He was 23, when he died after going onto a London underground line in June. An inquest into his death has been opened and adjourned.

Flintoff: 'Knowing we're doing this in Tom's memory will spur us on'

Andrew 'Freddie' Flintoff tells David Wood why he's getting involved in the 160-mile bike ride to raise money for the Tom Maynard Trust.

"What happened with Tom rocked everyone within the cricket world" he says.

"This is such a fantastic cause. I just wanted to show my support for Matthew and the Maynard family."

"The Trust has been set up raising money to help kids - lads, girls - get involved with cricket, whether it's buying kit, or going on tours or giving bursaries".

"The one thing that's going to be spurring everyone on is that we're doing it in Tom's memory and that we're doing it for the Trust."

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