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                                            Blue Plaque at St Helen’s

                                            3 August 2016

 

In its 143 year history as the home of Swansea Cricket Club and a ground of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, St Helen’s has witnessed of some of the most exciting – and famous - cricket matches at regional, national and international level.  

Cricket  has been played in Swansea since 1785.  Such was the development of the game that by 1852, Swansea Cricket Club was able to field two teams. Playing initially on Swansea’s foreshore, it was recognised that Swansea Cricket club needed a permanent home.

Founded in 1873 as the home for Swansea Cricket Club, St Helen’s has long captured the imagination of the sport loving public and has played a crucial role in the social and recreational history of the area.  John Arlott wrote an evocative poem ‘Cricket at Swansea’, while many commentators and cricketers have written about the ground.   The former cricketer and now commentator Peter Walker recently described St Helen’s as the “spiritual home of Welsh Cricket”. St Helen’s  c.1900.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Glamorgan CCC.

 

Over the years, St Helen’s has witnessed some of Glamorgan County Cricket Club’s most famous victories.  Highlights include:

•In 1951, the South Africans were bowled out for 83, with Glamorgan’s Jim McConnon bowling a hat-trick.

•Victories over Australia in 1964 and 1968.

•Also in 1968, Sir Garfield Sobers, playing for Nottinghamshire, became the first player in cricket history to hit six sixes in an over.

•In 1976, Clive Lloyd scored the fastest double-century on record when batting for the West Indians against Glamorgan.

•In 1985, Matthew Maynard, in his debut for Glamorgan scored a century, which included hitting three sixes in succession.  

 

St Helen’s can also claim to have hosted the first International to be played outside the normal Test venues of England, as in 1973, a game between England and New Zealand was held there.

 

St Helen’s legacy as an important cricketing ground continues, as today it witnesses

•South Wales Premier League cricket played by Swansea Cricket Club.

•The annual Swansea and West Wales Annual cricket festival which sees Glamorgan play at the ground.

•The junior section of Swansea Cricket Club: a group of committed and promising young cricketers.

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blue plaque st helens in 1800s

Celebrating Swansea Cricket club's rich history ...

old Glamorgan photo

Swansea v Northamptonshire at St Helen’s, 29 July 1992.

Photo courtesy of Glamorgan CCC.