SOUTH Wales Premier League clubs will meet next week to discuss whether Glamorgan Colts will be allowed into the league for next season.
Glamorgan are pushing hard for the Colts — who used to play in the South Wales Cricket Association — to be re-formed, giving the Welsh county a side made up of the country’s most promising young talent.
The issue is on the agenda at a special meeting in Cardiff on Tuesday, although it is unlikely to be warmly received by some clubs, who will fear that their leading young players will be snapped up by the Colts as a result.
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If the Colts are admitted into Welsh cricket’s top tier, it will also affect the promotion and relegation shake-up this season.
Meanwhile, on the field, in-form Port Talbot welcome back former skipper Dan Cherry for tomorrow’s clash with second-placed Ynysygerwn.
Ex-Glamorgan opener Cherry has missed the last three matches because of work commitments, but his absence hasn’t affected the Pirates, who have climbed up to sixth in the table on the back of three successive victories. Cherry replaces Ryan Evans as the only change to the Port Talbot starting line-up.
As for Ynys, they sit just a point behind leaders Sully as the season nears the halfway mark. The Neath Valley side will have to do without injured pace bowler Matt Hobden, who has been awarded a junior professional contract with his home county Sussex, but Glamorgan’s Jon Glover is back in the ranks.
“We are delighted where we are in the table and always look forward to our games against Port Talbot,” said secretary Jeff Thomas. “They have enjoyed a good run of results of late, so we know it is going to be a tough match. That is the beauty of this league, sides can turn things around very quickly.
“But we have a run of home games and hopefully we can keep the pressure on Sully at the top.”
All-rounder Dan Lewis- Williams and middle-order batsman Ieuan Rosser return for Mumbles for their clash at Sully. They replace Luke Brown and Max Phillips.
The Seasiders have slipped off the pace following back-to-back defeats and will be keen to put a dent in the Centurions’ title march.
“After losing our last two games, our lads have been left in no doubt that many individual performances in recent weeks have simply not been what we expect as a club,” said team manager Simon Lloyd. “What better opposition to prove yourself against than the current league leaders.”
Swansea will hope the weather allows them to take the field at St Helen’s against visitors Cardiff. Last weekend’s rained-off match against Bridgend has already left them stranded at the foot of the table, 39 points adrift of safety.
Swansea’s SWCA Cup match against Mumbles last Sunday also fell foul to the weather and the match will now be played on Wednesday at Marespool.
Also in the drop zone are defending champions Ammanford following successive defeats by Newport and Port Talbot. All-rounder Hedd-Wyn Jones is rewarded for his impressive performances for the second XI with a call-up to face Bridgend Town, while Rhydian Harries is missing for the Carmarthenshire men.
With Glamorgan in Championship action in Worcester, Robert Croft misses Pontarddulais’s home match against Newport. However, Bont do welcome back county batsman David Lloyd and opening bowler Jon Denning.
Port Talbot: M. Cox (capt), S. Griffiths, I. Thomas, C. Cooke, D. Cherry, A. Thomas, L. Jones, D. Morris, L. Gosby, S. Phelps, L. Jones.
Mumbles: C. Nelson (capt), R. Evans, A. Donald, D. Roberts, A. Norman, D. Lewis-Williams, D. Thomas, B. Francis, A. Griffiths, I. Rosser, M. Shepherd, W. Owen.
Ammanford: A. Evans (capt), M. Fisher, G. Slade, M. Roberts, H-W. Jones, R. Culley, M. Donoghue, T. Maynard, C. Maloney, J. Murphy, H. Jenkins/A. Salter.
Pontarddulais: G. Arrowsmith (capt), A. Thomas, M. Carey, O. Morgan, J. Williams, G. Fisher, L. Carey, D. Holden, D. Lloyd, J. Denning, S. Jones.