Glamorgan County Cricket Club

Glamorgan County Cricket Club had used the ground for Minor Counties and representative games since 1920 but it was in 1946 that Worcestershire were the visitors for the first full championship match at Ebbw vale with a second in 1946 and two more in 1947.

Thereafter one first class fixture was played each season until 1968 often producing record receipts for the County. The first Sunday League match was in 1969 and this arrangement continued until 1983 when a three day game was played.

Sunday matches returned between 1984 and 1997 when the decision was made to centralise county fixtures at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff which was developed into the SWALEC Stadium in time to host the 1st Ashes Test Match in 2009.

Sri Lanka played a three day game at Ebbw Vale in 1997 and the American Cricket Academy visited the town in 2005.

The West Indies A team came to the ground for two days in 2006 (I day practice and 1 day match) and finally Middlesex played the last Sunday Match in 2007. They appreciated their reception and presented the club with mementos on permanent display.

In total, the ground and the club hosted more First Class games than all the other Glamorgan County venues combined except for Cardiff and Swansea.

All First class Counties, except Durham, have played at Ebbw Vale and notable Glamorgan performances have included:-

1946

Austin Matthews

27–16. 18-3

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Nottinghamshire

1949

Phil Croft

101 not out in 79 minutes

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Essex

1953

Wilf Wooller

8-45

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Warwickshire

1963

Jim Pressdee 

 15-12. 5.6

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Northamptonshire 

1963 

Graham Kingston 

 6.36

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 Derbyshire

1965 

 Don Sheppherd

 10.8-2-5

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Leicestershire 

1968

 Ossie Wheatly

 9-60

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Sussex 

1983 

 Charles Rowe

 4.29

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 Nottinghamshire

1983 

 Winston Davies

 7.70

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Nottinghamshire 

1984 

 Geoff Holmes

 5.2

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Derbyshire 

1986 

 Hugh Morris

100 

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Derbyshire 

1987 

 Geoff Holmes

 3.0

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Nottinghamshire 

1988

Greg Thomas 

3 wickets in 6 balls 

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Surrey

It is hoped Ebbw Vale Cub games and representative matches will continue the tradition of cricket at Eugene Cross Park for a long time to come.