Wales Online – If 2017 was a season that offered so much promise for Glamorgan but didn’t quite deliver silverware, 2018 is that trickiest of things: both a transition campaign and one that could bring a much coveted trophy.
- The Welsh county bucked the trend of recent seasons last year by storming to the T20 Blast semi-finals – for the first time in 13 years – when few (outside of South Wales) had expected them to qualify from the South group.
- Boosted by the arrival of seasoned Australia international Shaun Marsh in the batting department, plus another overseas T20 specialist – whose identity is not yet known – Glamorgan fans have every right to believe they can go one better this time around.
- The transition comes in moving forward Glamorgan’s four-day form after two disappointing seasons in the County Championship.
- But while batting has been brittle in recent years, the hope from head coach Robert Croft is that the extra years Donald and company have accrued, plus the return of county legend Matthew Maynard as batting consultant coach, will help in that area.
- A fast start, something that has eluded in the county in the past two years, is essential to harnessing a winning spirit and then attracting the famous loud Welsh crowds when the white-ball cricket lands.