Monday, August 18, 2014

Glamorgan v Essex, LVCC2, St Helen's, Swansea, 15-18/08/14

It's always a pleasure to visit Glamorgan's spiritual home at St Helen's Swansea and, blessed with with fair weather and attractive visitors in Essex, another successful festival week was held.

St Helen's, Swansea

On this occasion, sadly, a paltry first innings total of 161 from Glamorgan, meant that the home side were always up against, and eventually fell to defeat by 63 runs early on day 4.

Put bluntly, Glamorgan have some work to do over the winter, as the batting just isn't good enough at present.

Jim Allenby bowls...

...whilst Hogan takes a breather

Essex's Matt Salisbury bowls to Jacques Rudolph

Former England spinner Monty Panesar...

...bowls to Will Bragg....

...and Murray Goodwin

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Summer holiday, Hotel Yaramar, Fuengirola, Andalucia, August 2014

You really can't beat summer holidays and even if the temperature was punishing some days, 39C by day and little under 30C in the evening, it was a great 2 weeks at the Thomson Gold Hotel Yaramar on the southern Spanish coast in Fuengirola.

I've posted a full review on Trip Advisor.


a strange summer mist

the side streets at night

Hotel Yaramar

the pool

the hotel

the lifts

a glass or two

and a coffee...

...or two


Hard Rock Cafe, Puerto Banus

Puerto Banus

yachts aplenty

Rocking in Fuengirola

at Pogs Irish Rock Bar

outside the hotel...

...and outside the castle

Friday, August 15, 2014

Glamorgan v Nottinghamshire, RL Cup, Cardiff, 30/07/14

Glamorgan failed to make it 3 wins out of 3 in the 50 over competition, largely due to an unbroken 8th wicket stand of 93 between Ajmal Shazhad and Steven Mullaney, which ensured that well resourced Nottinghamshire rallied to a defiant 3 wicket win at the SWALEC Stadium.

A modest crowd in good July weather

As at Lord's last September, it was another case of Glamorgan being on top for most of the game, only for the East Midlands county to defy the daffodil and fail to buckle under the pressure. It's been a failing at Glamorgan on several occasions that good positions are squandered in one day cricket.

One time England seamer Ajmal Shazhad

England World T20 winner Michael Lumb