Russell confirms Glamorgan exit

Chairman Paul Russell has confirmed at Glamorgan’s annual meeting in Cardiff that he will hand over the reins to chairman-elect Nigel Roberts sometime over the next year.

It will be the end of an era for Russell, who has been responsible for major change at Glamorgan – not least the development of Sophia Gardens into the Swalec Stadium, which staged the first Ashes Test in 2009.

But Russell has never been very far away from controversy and he helped to cause the resignations of director of cricket Matthew Maynard, former captain Jamie Dalrymple and president Peter Walker during a turbulent time before Christmas.

The trio went after Russell brought in South Africa batsman Alviro Petersen as captain in November. And the backlash that it caused was responsible for some of the committee changes at the ballot box.

Three of the four committee members standing for re-election lost their seats after more than 70 years’ service between them. Treasurer David Davies, Brian Shackleton and Jeff Bird were unseated. The only one to survive was Malcolm Price.

David Herbert, Fran Bevan and Brian Frost were elected to the committee. Herbert and Bevan had been very vocal about the way the former committee had handled the winter of discontent at the club, and Bevan had organised a protest petition to try to oust Russell.

“I have suggested on more than one occasion to Fran Bevan that she should stand for the committee,” said Russell. “She has often expressed strong views to me and I’ve said the forum for which these views can be debated and considered is the committee. She’s finally taken my advice and I’m delighted she has joined the committee.”

Meanwhile, Glamorgan will return home from their pre-season tour to South Africa with two wins from their three games. Nick James scored an unbeaten 93 as Glamorgan won their final pre-season tour match against a North West Invitational XI at Potchefstroom by 61 runs.

James was backed up by a Will Bragg half-century as they made 210 for 5 in their 40 overs in a much better batting display after they had lost their second match on tour to North West province by 32 runs.

And against the Invitation side a disciplined bowling performance saw the home side dismissed for 149 in 36 overs. The lame defeat to North West had followed a six-wicket win in their opening match against Uganda.

The day before the final game new captain Petersen joined the squad for a training session. Petersen also had a meeting with the squad about how Glamorgan are to approach one-day cricket during the forthcoming season.

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