Following their nine-wicket victory against Worcestershire at New Road, Glamorgan head to the north-east to play their next match in the Specsavers County Championship as for the first time in thirteen years, they meet Durham at the Emirates Riverside in a contest scheduled to get underway on Monday, June 19th (start time 11.00am).
The return of Durham to Division Two sees Glamorgan head to the north-east for the first time in a four-day game since May 2004, with the Welsh county having been victorious the last time they met in a Championship game, winning by 201 runs with Michael Powell making 124, whilst David Harrison and Alex Wharf each claimed five-wicket hauls as Glamorgan eased to victory inside three days.
This was the third victory in successive seasons for the Glamorgan side on Durham soil having also won in September 2003 at the Chester-le-Street ground by 369 runs, and again in 2002 by ten wickets. Michael Kasprowicz was the star of both victories, with the Australian claiming 9/45 in the match in 2003 after Mark Wallace, Michael Powell and Matthew Maynard had each made hundreds whilst in 2012 he returned match figures of 11/105.
Their most recent visit to the Riverside ground, for the quarter-final of the Twenty20 competition in July 2008 was less successful with the Welsh county going down to a 44-run defeat to the Durham Dynamos having been a late replacement in the last eight of the all-action competition following the decision at an ECB appeals tribunal to strip Yorkshire of the two points they secured in their last zonal match in the competition when they fielded an unregistered player against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
The two teams met over the Whitsun Bank Holiday at Swansea where, thanks to a sporting declaration on the final afternoon, by Paul Collingwood, Glamorgan successfully chased a target of 265 runs in 51 overs with Nick Selman sealing victory in the final over as he struck Paul Coughlin for a pair of sixes, followed by two runs to mid-wicket to clinch the Welsh county’s first Championship success of the summer.
The victory at St.Helen’s was their first under Michael Hogan’s captaincy and after their outstanding victory at New Road, another win in Durham would make it three in a row. Even so, the contest is also set to be a notable one for Hogan on a personal level as the red-ball captain goes into the match with 249 first-class wickets to his name for Glamorgan with one more needed to reach the 250-mark.