While the country circuit focuses on pre-season training and nets sessions, the Southern Hemisphere season is in full swing, with the Big Bash reaching the latter stages of the tournament, T10 competitions have been completed and the IPL starts to gather headlines.
A number of Glamorgan’s players are currently overseas, working on their games, or have been out and about representing countries and franchises around the world.
Timm van der Gugten was part of the Netherlands side that won the T20 World Cup qualifying tournament in Dubai. Playing alongside other county players like Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate and Roelof van der Merwe, van der Gugten formed part of a strong bowling unit that dominated throughout the tournament.
He batted once, scoring 40 not out off 21 balls in a losing effort against Papua New Guinea, but took 2/18 in the final against the same opposition. For the tournament, TVDG finished in the top 10 wicket takers, with 12 @ 12.91 and an economy rate of 5.96, along with best figures of 3/9 against Singapore.
Colin Ingram played in the Abu Dhabi T10 tournament for the Bangla Tigers, alongside Rilee Roussow, Tom Moores, David Wiese and future Welsh Fire teammates Liam Plunkett and Qais Ahmed. Marchant de Lange also appeared in the tournament, representing Team Abu Dhabi in all six games taking five wickets.
Ingram was selected sixth overall in the 2020 PSL Draft by Islamabad United, which will see him team up with Dale Steyn, Colin Munro, Shadab Khan and Phil Salt, with the team coached by Misbah-ul-Haq.
Over in Australia, four Glamorgan players are plying their trade in grade cricket in Queensland and Perth as the domestic competitions take a break for Big Bash and T20 action.
Charlie Hemphrey has two half-centuries in the Sheffield Shield for Queensland as his side sits third in the table. Playing for Sandgate-Redcliffe in the Bulls Masters Grade Competition, he’s scored 460 runs at an average of over 65 with a century and two half-centuries.
Also representing Sandgate-Redcliffe, and staying with his Glamorgan teammate Charlie Hemphrey, is seam bowler Lukas Carey. In standard Grade cricket he’s taken 11 wickets at an average of 26.45, while in T20 action he’s taken 6 wickets at 32, with an economy rate of 8.7 runs per over.
Nick Selman is playing for his hometown Sunshine Coast Scorchers in Queensland, with 140 runs at an average of 46.7 in Grade cricket and 174 runs in T20 cricket at 30.8 per knock. He’s hit one half-century in each format of the game, as the season moves back towards the multi-weekend format.
Tom Cullen is playing for Melville CC in Perth, the side he represented as a junior, and he’s been in impressive form as he’s amassed a century and two half-centuries in six innings in the longer formats of the game. He’s also averaging 27.33 in T20 action, with 58* his top score in four efforts.