Club News

22 January 1998

Duncan Fletcher, the coach who helped to mastermind Glamorgan`s Championship success last summer, will not be returning to the Welsh county for 1998. However, he has expressed an interest in coming back to Glamorgan for the 1999 season after having taken a break from cricket.

The highly regarded coach has had a non-stop diet of cricket during the past 18 months - after initially acting as coach of the South Africa `A` side on their 1996 tour to England, "Fletch" worked with Western Province during the 1996/97 season before coming over to guide Glamorgan to the Championship. Since returning to South Africa, he has once again been coaching both the `A` side and the Western Province squad.

"It is very disappointing, but not an unexpected decision, given Duncan`s phenomenal workload ," said Glamorgan Secretary Mike Fatkin. "He will be a hard act to follow in 1998, but we are pleased that he is very, very keen to come back for 1999."

It was somewhat ironic that on the day of this news, the Sports Council for Wales announced that Fletcher had been voted Sports Coach of the Year for 1997. Glamorgan will now have to address a short-term problem in deciding who will be acting as first-team coach for 1998.

Two other items of news - The St.Helen`s Balconiers have set up a Fund in order that the Championship and Axa Life League matches this summer against Surrey could be staged at Swansea. Further details can be found on the Balconiers webpage . Steven Tomlinson, the young Glamorgan all-rounder, has won The Cricket Society`s prestigious Weatherall Award for schoolboy cricketers for the second year running. The former pupil of Oratory School is now on a Sports Scholarship at U.W.I.C., and during 1997 he made his 2nd XI debut for the Welsh county.