Welsh Fire

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Welsh Fire
Tân Cymreig
Welsh Fire logo.jpg
Personnel
CaptainTBC
(men's team)
TBC
(women's team)
Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Gary Kirsten
(men's team)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Matthew Mott
(women's team)
Overseas player(s) Flag of Afghanistan.svg Qais Ahmad
WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg Kieron Pollard
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Jhye Richardson
(men's team)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Meg Lanning
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Beth Mooney
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Georgia Wareham
(women's team)
Team information
Colours   
Founded2019
Home ground Sophia Gardens
Capacity16,000
History
No. of titles0
The Hundred title wins0
The Hundred game wins0
Official website Welsh Fire

Welsh Fire (Welsh : Tân Cymreig) are a franchise 100-ball cricket side representing the Welsh county of Glamorgan as well as the English historic counties of Somerset and Gloucestershire. The side competes in the newly founded The Hundred competition, which will take place for the first time during the 2021 English and Welsh cricket season. Both the men's and women's team will play at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.

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History

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SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff

The announcement of the new eight-team men's and women's tournament series in 2019 was not without controversy, with the likes of Virat Kohli criticising the England and Wales Cricket Board for pursuing a shift away from Test cricket, [1] while others argued the format should have followed the established and successful Twenty20 format. However, the ECB decided it needed a unique format to draw crowds.

It was announced in June 2019 that the side would be named the Welsh Fire, and would be joint run by Glamorgan as well as Somerset and Gloucestershire County Cricket Clubs. It would draw on players from the three counties in the inaugural draft. [2] It had been reported that the side might rename to Western Fire, to allay concerns in Somerset and Gloucester that they were not sufficiently represented by the side, but this did not come to fruition. [3]

In July 2019 the side announced that former South Africa and India coach, and current Royal Challengers Bangalore coach Gary Kirsten as the men's team coach. [4] Kirsten is also rumoured to be in line to succeed Trevor Bayliss as England head coach. [5] The women's side will be managed by Matthew Mott, a former Glamorgan coach and the current Australia women's national cricket team coach.

The inaugural Hundred draft took place in October 2019 and saw the Fire claim Jonny Bairstow as their headline men's draftee, and Katie George as the women's headliner. They are joined by Somerset wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton, Glamorgan batsman Colin Ingram, and England batter Bryony Smith. [6]

Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc were selected as the flagship £125,000 signings in the first round and are two of the side's three overseas stars, along with Afghanistan's Qais Ahmed.

With Colin Ingram and Tom Banton already occupying the £100,000 slots, Welsh Fire sat out the second round.

Ravi Rampaul and Ben Duckett were selected in the third round for £75,000 and Simon Harmer, along with Qais Ahmed, were bought for £60,000 in the fourth.

Liam Plunkett and Ryan ten Doeschate were the picks in the fifth round for £50,000 and Gloucestershire duo David Payne and Ryan Higgins were selected in the sixth round for £40,000.

Danny Briggs and Leus du Plooy complete the squad, having both been bought for £30,000 in the final round.

The final place in the squad will go to an outstanding performer in next season's Vitality Blast 20-over competition.

Australian Meg Lanning was the next pick for the ladies' team.

Ground

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The ground's main entrance

Both the Fire men's and women's sides play at the home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club, Sophia Gardens Cricket Ground, in the west of Cardiff city centre. The women's side had been due to play some matches at Gloucestershire's Bristol County Ground and Somerset's County Ground, Taunton but both teams were brought together at the same ground as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Players

Current squad

Men's side

  • Bold denotes players with international caps.
  •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
S/NNameNat.Date of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
Batsmen
Tom Banton Flag of England.svg 11 November 1998 (age 22)Right-handed
Ian Cockbain Flag of England.svg 17 February 1987 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Ben Duckett Flag of England.svg 17 October 1994 (age 26)Left-handed
Ollie Pope Flag of England.svg 2 January 1998 (age 23)Right-handedCentrally contracted
All-rounders
Josh Cobb Flag of England.svg 17 August 1990 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm off break
Matt Critchley Flag of England.svg 13 August 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm leg break
Ryan Higgins Flag of England.svg 6 January 1995 (age 26)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
David Lloyd Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 15 June 1992 (age 28)Right-handedRight-arm medium
Kieron Pollard WestIndiesCricketFlagPre1999.svg 12 May 1987 (age 34)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium Overseas player
Wicketkeepers
Jonny Bairstow Flag of England.svg 26 September 1989 (age 31)Right-handed
Pace bowlers
Jake Ball Flag of England.svg 14 March 1991 (age 30)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
David Payne Flag of England.svg 15 February 1991 (age 30)Right-handedLeft-arm fast-medium
Liam Plunkett Flag of England.svg 6 April 1985 (age 36)Right-handedRight-arm fast-medium
Jhye Richardson Flag of Australia (converted).svg 20 September 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm fast Overseas player
Spin bowlers
Qais Ahmad Flag of Afghanistan.svg 15 August 2000 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm leg break Overseas player

    Women's side

    • Bold denotes players with international caps.
    •  *  denotes a player who is unavailable for rest of the season.
    S/NNameNat.Date of birth (age)Batting styleBowling styleNotes
    Batters
    Meg Lanning Flag of Australia (converted).svg 25 March 1992 (age 29)Right-handedRight-arm medium Overseas player
    Sophie Luff Flag of England.svg 6 December 1993 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    All-rounders
    Georgia Hennessy Flag of England.svg 4 November 1996 (age 24)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Wicketkeepers
    Beth Mooney Flag of Australia (converted).svg 14 January 1994 (age 27)Left-handedOverseas player
    Sarah Taylor Flag of England.svg 20 May 1989 (age 32)Right-handed
    Nat Wraith Flag of England.svg 3 October 2001 (age 19)Right-handed
    Pace bowlers
    Lauren Filer Flag of England.svg 22 December 2000 (age 20)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Katie George Flag of England.svg 7 April 1999 (age 22)Left-handedLeft-arm medium Centrally contracted
    Alex Griffiths Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 6 September 1993 (age 27)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Amy Gordon Flag of England.svg 3 October 2001 (age 19)Right-handedRight-arm medium
    Spin bowlers
    Bryony Smith Flag of England.svg 12 December 1997 (age 23)Right-handedRight-arm off break
    Georgia Wareham Flag of Australia (converted).svg 26 May 1999 (age 22)Right-handedRight-arm leg break Overseas player

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