Glamorgan great Robert Croft to bid an emotional farewell
GLAMORGAN great Robert Croft will say an emotional farewell this week as he plays his final first-class game for the county.
The 42-year-old off-spinner is retiring from cricket having worn the Glamorgan jersey for 23 years.
He will wear the county colours for the last time in Glamorgan's last match of the LV=County Championship season, which starts today at the Swalec Stadium against Kent.
Kent come to Wales knowing they could clinch promotion into Division One, as they are part of the three-way dog-fight at the top of the table.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Currently in third place, Kent are just six points behind leaders Derbyshire and five points behind Yorkshire.
But from a home perspective, Croft will be the focal point.
Glamorgan are bottom of the Division Two table, a point below Leicestershire, but the fixture has significance because Croft is bowing out.
It will be the former England star's 364th and final first-class appearance for the county.
He will be remembered as Glamorgan's most successful all-rounder, having made 12,026 runs and taken 1,048 wickets in first-class cricket.
He has been one of the great names in county cricket in the course of the past two decades.
Few others are likely to match his magnificent record, especially for just one county, and a Glamorgan victory would be a nice way to end an outstanding career.
The match between these sides earlier this season ended in a draw at Canterbury, but Glamorgan won by eight wickets last summer when the two sides met at Cardiff — their first victory over Kent in the Welsh capital since 1967.
That success ended a sequence of Kent victories in Cardiff which included a ten-wicket win in 2005, plus victory by an innings in 2009.
Croft is part of a 12-man squad for the game.
Glamorgan: W Bragg, N James, S Walters, D Lloyd, B Wright, J Allenby, M Wallace (captain), G Wagg, R Croft, J Glover, D Cosker, M Reed.