Glamorgan Need Inspiration to Revive Promotion Dream


Glamorgan’s hopes of promotion were thin ahead of their penultimate Division Two County Championship match and they looked slimmer still after the weekend.

Victory against Yorkshire at Sophia Gardens is essential, but they were on the back foot on day one as Yorkshire made a formidable 330 for 3 on the first day of four.

Tykes captain Shan Masood hit an unbeaten on 113 and Finlay Bean struck 11 fours on his way to 93 on a slow pitch that offered little assistance for the bowling side.

The only Glamorgan bowler to cause the visitors many problems was Jamie McIlroy who took two wickets for 41 runs.

Glamorgan will hope for better on day two of the match,  but McIlroy admitted: “There’s not a whole lot of pace in the wicket and it’s quite easy to score, so bowling defensively isn’t easy also. We’re trying to be as patient as we can, hit good areas and hopefully a bit of luck will come our way.”



Swansea Para rower Ben Pritchard took a bronze medal at the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade.

But Pritchard admitted to mixed feelings as he was hoping to upgrade his previous bronze to either silver or gold.

The Great Britain para rower collected a second successive bronze in the PR1 men’s single sculls.

It was an impressive display from Pritchard, given the 31-year-old had not raced this season due to injury.

But he said: “I think it’s a missed opportunity this year to move up the field. Given that I’ve only had 12 weeks training this season, it’s a worthwhile effort and we can build on it for next year.

“I’m happy, I’m just a bit gutted at the same time. But that’s the life of an athlete, you’re never quite happy with your performance. I did the plan, I executed it and I didn’t have anything left – that’s all you can ask for at the end of the day.”



Jade Jones produced a stunning performance to beat former world champion Luo Zongshi in Paris to claim her second World Taekwondo Grand Prix final success of the year.

Wales’ revitalised double Olympic gold medallist defeated her Chinese opponent 2-0 in the final of the –57kg division, gaining a measure of revenge for last year’s world championship semi-final defeat.

Team-mate Aaliyah Powell took bronze in the same weight category while Rebecca McGowan (+67kg) and Caden Cunningham (+80kg) left the French capital with silver medals.

Jones, 30, from Flint, has now won her last three tournaments and dominated Zongshi to win the opening two rounds with 17-9 points aggregate.