The Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club
The Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club represents the historic counties of Wales. This club is the only such non-English member in the England and Wales domestic cricket layout of the Minor Counties Championship. Based in St Helen’s Swansea, the club even plays tournaments around Wales. Some of the grounds are Pontarddulais Park, Mumbles and Pen-y-Pound, Abergavenny cricket grounds.
This club plays three day tournaments which are at a level below first class match. Presently, Wales competes in the Western Division of the Minor Counties Championship. In 1988, the club joined the championship after Somerset’s second 11 left the contest.
The Club history
Welsh counties participated formerly in the Minor Counties Championship in individual basis. The most successful club was Glamorgan and in 1921, this club was the first class club. Other clubs include Carmathen County Cricket Club from 1908 to 1911, Monmounth County Cricket Club from 1901 to 1934 and Denbigh County Cricket Club from 1930 to 1935.
The Wales Minor Counties Cricket Club however never won either the Minor Counties Championship or the MCCA (Minor Counties Cricket Association) Knockout Trophy. Some of the players who played for this club include Colin Metson and Danny Collins, both of whom made an impact on the first class match.
Records of players
As of 2009, most runs were made by Hasan Adnan of Suffolk with 763 runs with an average of 127.16. He played in 5 matches making 10 innings. The maximum wickets were taken by GW Walker of Norfolk with 41 wickets of five matches that he played. He achieved 271.1 overs, 793 runs with bowling average of 19.34.
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