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Cricket: Glamorgan prepare for new season with 12-day tour to South Africa

Glamorgan will be going on a 12-day tour to South Africa during March as the Dragons prepare for the 2011 season.

During their tour, Glamorgan will be based at the home of the Highveld Lions in Potchefstroom. The tour will consist of  three one-day games against representative sides with fixtures arranged against the North West Cricket Union, a North West Invitational XI and Uganda.

All members of the Club’s playing staff will be taking part in the tour, except for James Harris as the 20 year-old all-rounder will still be in the West Indies with the England Lions.

Glamorgan’s new captain Alviro Petersen will also be joining up with the Glamorgan squad.

The Welsh county’s players will be based at the High Performance Centre, and will also use Senwas Park, the home of the Highveld Lions, as their training facility.

The squad will return to the UK on March 26 before a further pre-season match takes place on March 30 when Glamorgan meet Somerset in a one-day friendly at the SWALEC Stadium.

A three-day friendly will also be staged at the Club’s headquarters, starting on April 2, against the Cardiff MCCU side.

The opening match of the first-class season is on April 8 when Glamorgan travel to Grace Road to play Leicestershire in the LV=County Championship.

Glamorgan’s Managing Director of Cricket Colin Metson said, “The team is looking forward to visiting the captain’s homeland and I would like to thank North West Cricket and in particular Alviro in their help and support of the tour.

“This will be a tough tour in excellent surroundings and against strong opposition, and will be the perfect opportunity to finalise the planning for the coming season. Taking all the cricketing staff will also give everybody an opportunity to put a marker down for a first team spot”.



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