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Cricket in Cardiff

The summer is definitely the best season for cricket and the Sophia Gardens Cardiff (formerly know as SSE Swalec) regularly hosts international games.

5 May 2019 Only T20I, England v Pakistan

Four ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 games will be held in Cardiff:

1 June 2019 New Zealand v Sri Lanka

4 June 2019 Afghanistan v Sri Lanka

8 June 2019 England v Bangladesh

15 June 2019 South Africa v Afghanistan

The 16,000 seater stadium in Cardiff is no stranger to hosting world-class international cricket fixtures, the Ashes were held there in 2009 and 2015 as well as the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013.

It’s true that Wales doesn’t have its own national side, it can be something of a contentious issue, but Welsh players can play for the England national side (the full name of the board is the England and Wales Cricket Board) and compete in test cricket. Simon Jones was part of the England cricket team that defeated the Australians in 2005 regaining the Ashes for the first time in 18 years. 

The main team at county level in Wales is Glamorgan County Cricket Club which plays in Cardiff, St Helen’s and Colwyn Bay.

Glamorgan has played at Sophia Gardens since 1967 having previously staged games in the Welsh capital at Cardiff Arms Park, next to the Principality Stadium. The Arms Park had been Glamorgan’s first ground in Cardiff and it was the venue for their inaugural county fixture in 1889, as well as their first-ever County Championship fixture in 1921. During the 2007 season, the old ground was redeveloped into the magnificent new stadium seen today, with state-of-the-art player facilities, a modern pavilion, a Media Centre, floodlight pylons and drainage system.

Cricket Wales is the National Governing Body for cricket in Wales and is one of 39 Boards that make up the ECB.  Over 250 clubs, leagues and associations involving almost 25,000 people make up Cricket Wales.


In Wales, we want to make all sport accessible regardless of age, gender, or ability. Cricket is a great example of inclusive sport. Women and girls cricket at grassroots and competitive levels continue to grow.  

A number of disability cricket hubs exist in Wales which provide specific opportunities for players with a disability. Cricket Wales run Wales pan Disability Squads that play friendlies and ECB County Championship competitions within softball and hardball cricket.