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Still plenty to play for

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James Harris

The ball is coming out a bit better, and I managed to get some wickets in Kent last week on a pretty flat pitch

How exciting were those T20 quarter-finals?

It's fair to say that there are four very strong teams that made it through to finals day, which this year is to be held at the SWALEC Stadium down in Cardiff.

It's a real shame that we didn't give ourselves a chance to get through to the most exciting day in the county season.

With a bit of weather around in South Wales and the odd poor performance we couldn't force a quarter-final place. With the firepower we had in our team I thought we were a very good bet and had a genuine chance.

That being said we still have plenty of cricket to play this season and we've just come off the back of a pretty good 10-day road trip; winning in a rain-shortened game in Northampton and securing a very good draw down in Kent.

From my point of view, the ball is coming out a bit better and I managed to get some wickets in Kent on a pretty flat pitch, which is never a bad thing.

There were a couple wet days when we were in Northants, which led for a few days called off early. The opportunists in the squad, namely Dean Cosker, Ben Wright and myself, managed to get a couple of unexpected rounds of golf in.

There is always plenty of banter flying around and down in Kent before the game we managed to get on the beautiful Prince's golf club for a hit after training.

This resulted in one of the best three-way jousts ever witnessed and Ben collapsing on the last hole. He happened to miss a three-foot putt after Dean had got in his ear saying "I think there's a bit left in that". That then opened the gates for me to hole my putt and take a victory, one very rarely earned with the state of my putting at the moment!

It finally seems as though the weather is turning this summer and as usual I attempted to take advantage and 'top up the tan' so to speak.

Robert Croft & Owais Shah

Next week we head to Swansea, the spiritual home of Robert Croft. It is also the venue where Sir Garfield Sobers famously hit six sixes in one over, so there is quite a bit of history there

It's well known among the boys that I am a poor tanner and instead of turning a lovely golden bronze colour I ended up falling asleep on my front and ending up with a slightly red back which is proving to be particularly painful.

There are a couple of one-day games coming up and then we return to the spiritual home of Robert Croft - Swansea CC.

This is where Rob grew up, played his cricket and took his 1,000th first-class wicket for Glamorgan; also, for all of those who don't know it's also where Sir Garfield Sobers hit his six sixes in one over. A place with quite a bit of history indeed.

Swansea is a well know home for the 'Westies' in the Glamorgan dressing room. This year we welcome Gloucestershire to St Helens in what promises to be a very good game and one if we perform can keep us climbing up the table.

I'm racking my brain for interesting things going on in and around the dressing room; one positive is that Graham Wagg, one of the more entertaining characters in the squad, has been absent after breaking a bone in his front foot while fielding. He is now thankfully on the mend and should be featuring for us in the next few weeks or so.

On a note that I've touched on previously,there has been another rain-affected day that has leant itself to the hair clippers being used over the loss of a pool tournament.

This one I can't comment on with as much first-hand information as it happened in the second team while I was in Northants. That being said the important information is that one of our fast bowlers, Mike Reid, is currently sporting a shaved head for his poor performance on the cloth. As it happens it's now one apiece with batsman Will Bragg loosing his eyebrow last time around.

Who knows, we may even have a batters v bowlers contest at the end of the season. As ever, I will attempt to keep you updated with the goings on on the pool table, although we're all hoping that this change in the weather is going to stay and we can be out on the park every day for the rest of the summer.

Take care, get the suncream on and enjoy the cricket.

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