Ranjit Reminisces: The 12th Man
Wales might be a Rugby obsessed region but embedded into the open space green area either side of the River Taff is Sophia Gardens which is home to Glamorgan County Cricket Club. Indeed as a spectator there are times where you wish your catches counted, such is the close proximity to the playing field you get. At other times you almost feel like a fielder waiting on the boundary line in anticipation of a pellet coming at you off the batsman’s willow. Although the ground only holds 16,000 people, there are no eye sores in the form of pillars restricting your view.
Indeed comedy viewing has descended upon this ground during a 2009 Ashes series Test match. On that occasion there were England physios and kit men covering more blades of grass than the England players themselves in order to help the side run down the clock and avoid losing the match. Indeed English batsman got through more pairs of batting gloves than usual. Sweaty hands or time wasting – it had the large majority of the crowd rising with vociferous approval.
The small and cosy nature of this ground means that Lady Sophia’s legacy of creating green and open space is preserved. In June 2017, Cardiff will host group matches and the semi final of the ICC Champions Trophy which features the best eight sides in the world. So why not immerse yourself in cricket’s carnival showpiece event and witness off the grid sporting fixtures in the Welsh capital. It’s not just the Millennium stadium that is synonymous with box office names.
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