Wales national cricket team

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Flag of Wales
Flag of Wales
ICC membership granted n/a
ICC member status Non member in own right, part of England
ICC development region n/a
World Cricket League division n/a
Captain n/a
Coach n/a
First recorded match 21 July 1923 v Scotland at Perth, Scotland
First class cricket
First class matches played 16
First class wins/losses 5/5
ICC World Cup Qualifier
Appearances 1 (First in 1979)
Best result First round, 1979
As of 11 September 2006

The Welsh cricket team has appeared on a number of occasions. Generally however, Wales is represented in international play by England.


From 1923 to 1930 Wales played 16 first-class matches, and had some success against touring teams, drawing with the New Zealanders in 1927 and beating the West Indians a year later, as well as losing by only ten runs to the South Africans in 1929. Sydney Barnes, by this time well into his fifties, took 49 first-class wickets for Wales, including 7–51 in that 1928 win over the Caribbean tourists.

Wales' next significant appearances came in the 1979 ICC Trophy, a competition for which they had not actually had to qualify but instead appeared to make up the numbers because several ICC members had not entered the competition. Playing in Group 3, they had a reasonable tournament, opening with a win over the Netherlands in a rain-affected game and also beating Israel; they lost to the USA by eight runs and their game against Sri Lanka was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Wales took part in the Triple Crown Tournament between 1993 and 2001; this was a competition involving Wales, Scotland, Ireland and an amateur England XI. They had little success, however, never finishing out of the bottom two in the points table. From 2002 to 2004 Wales played a 50-over challenge match against England each June. In the first of these games they recorded a shock eight-wicket victory, with Steve James making 83 not out, though the other two games went to England. Wales' team consisted mostly of Welsh cricketers, although there were a scattering of non-Welsh Glamorgan players such as Michael Kasprowicz and Dean Cosker.

In 1988, a Wales Minor Counties team under the control of the Welsh Cricket Association, the governing body for amateur cricket in Wales made its first appearance in the Holt Cup, a one-day tournament for minor-county teams. Since then, the Wales MC side has appeared regularly in the NatWest Trophy (and its successor, the C&G Trophy) as well as in the Minor Counties Championship, their most notable result probably the seven-wicket win over Denmark in the first round of the 2004 C&G Trophy (which due to the vagaries of the schedule was actually played in August 2003).

There have been calls for the country to be represented by its own national team as in other sports.[1] Criticism has been made of the England and Wales Cricket Board using only the England name whilst utilising Welsh players[2] such as Simon Jones, who was instrumental in England winning the Ashes from Australia in 2005.

Notable Welsh cricketers[edit]

The following people have played Test cricket for England:

  • Sydney Barnes -: The legendary English fast-medium bowler made nine appearances for Wales from 1927 until 1930 (retiring at 57 years old), Barnes took 49 wickets for Wales in 1928, including seven for 51 and five for 67 in an eight wicket win over the touring West Indians.[3]
  • Johnnie Clay -: Clay played one Test match for England in 1935.[4]
  • Robert Croft -: Croft played international cricket for both England and Wales. He is first Welsh cricketer to score 10,000 runs and take 1,000 wickets in first-class cricket.[5]
  • Jeff Jones -: He took forty-four wickets in fifteen Tests for England from 1964 to 1968.[6]
  • Simon Jones -: He become an integral member of England's triumphant Ashes-winning team in 2005. Jones's pace and mastery of reverse-swing carried him to 18 wickets at 21 in four Tests, before he was forced to sit out a nervy final match due to an ankle problem. [7]
  • Tony Lewis -: he went on to become the face of BBC Television cricket coverage in the 1990s, and become president of the MCC.[8]
  • Austin Matthews -: He played for Northamptonshire, Glamorgan and single Test for England.[9]
  • Hugh Morris -: He played in three Tests for England in 1991. [10]
  • Gilbert Parkhouse -: He played in seven Tests for England in 1950, 1950–51 and 1959.[11]
  • Pat Pocock -: He played in twenty Tests and one ODI for England from 1968 to 1985.[12]
  • Greg Thomas -: He played in five Tests and three ODIs for England between 1986 and 1987.[13]
  • Maurice Turnbull -: He played in nine Tests for England from 1930 to 1936.[14]
  • Cyril Walters -: He had most of his success after leaving Glamorgan to do duty as captain-secretary of Worcestershire.[15]
  • Steve Watkin -: He played three Test matches in 1991 and 1993, and four One Day Internationals in 1993 and 1994. [16]
  • Allan Watkins -: He played for England in fifteen Tests from 1948 to 1952.[17]
  • Wilf Wooller -: He cricketer, rugby union footballer, cricket administrator and journalist. He captained Glamorgan CCC for 14 years, was Secretary for thirty and President for six.[18]

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