Club News

10 October 2000

Steve James will lead Glamorgan in 2001, following Matthew Maynard`s decision to stand down from the captaincy at the end of the 2000 season.

The club confirmed today that the opening batsman will lead the side next summer, which is also his Benefit Year. He has been the club`s vice-captain during the past two summers and in 2000 he led the side to victory over Middlesex and Northamptonshire when Maynard was away on England duty.

Maynard has led Glamorgan since 1996, and during his five years in charge Glamorgan won the County Championship in 1997, reached the final of the Benson and Hedges Cup in 2000, and reached the semi-final of the Nat West Trophy in 1997. During his final Championship game in charge of the team, Glamorgan also secured promotion into Division One of the County Championship for 2001.

James was naturally delighted by the news of his appointment as Glamorgan`s new captain. "I consider it a real honour to captain Glamorgan," he said. "I'll be working as hard as I possibly can, both on and off the field, to build on the fantastic job Matthew has done and to help bring further success to the club."

Glamorgan chairman, Gerard Elias added, "Matthew Maynard has been an outstanding captain for the past five years, and we are very lucky to be well blessed in the quality of the senior players we have on the staff who could take over from Matthew. In our view, Steve James is the ideal choice to take over - he is vastly experienced, has stood in for Matthew on several occasions and sets an excellent example to the rest of the squad in all facets of the game."