Glamorgan have appointed current West Indies assistant coach Toby Radford as their new head coach to succeed the outgoing Matthew Mott. Besides working in the West Indies, Radford has also spent time in charge of Middlesex when they won the 2008 Twenty20 Cup and has worked with various England age-group sides.
Incoming Glamorgan chief executive Hugh Morris said of the appointment of Radford: “I am delighted Toby Radford has agreed to join Glamorgan County Cricket Club as our new Head Coach. In recent years Toby has built a strong reputation as one of the most talented young cricket coaches in England and Wales, and his experience of managing and developing some world class cricketers will be a great asset to our club.
"He is a proud Welshman and is looking forward to working with our current players and nurturing local talent for the future.”
Radford added: “I am honoured to have been offered this position and look forward to working with Chief Executive and Director of Cricket Hugh Morris, and the playing and coaching staff of Glamorgan in bringing success back to the county I supported as a youngster.
"It was great to see the team reaching a Lord's final at the end of the season, and I believe we have a wonderful opportunity of building on this success and developing a team of which the Welsh nation can be proud.”
Radford was born in Caerphilly in the county and went onto play for England Under-19s, Middlesex and Sussex during his playing career. He then played and coached Minor County side Berkshire and went on to act as their Cricket Development Officer. He then worked with various England age-group sides before becoming Academy Director at Middlesex and then second XI coach in 2005 and first XI coach in 2007.
In 2010, he moved the Caribbean to become the Director of the West Indies High Performance Centre and was then promoted to be head coach Ottis Gibson’s assistant, where he was part of the backroom team when the West Indies won the 2012 World T20.
County Cricket News In Brief:
It continues to be contract renewal season on the county circuit. Lancashire are leading the way, with 15 players signing new contracts. Youngsters Jordan Clark, Alex Davies, Arron Lilley and Luis Reece have committed their futures to the Division Two champions for two more seasons. Karl Brown, Kyle Hogg, Paul Horton, Simon Kerrigan, Stephen Parry, Luke Procter and Tom Smith have all done likewise. Meanwhile, all-rounder Liam Livingstone has progressed from a scholarship to a full one-year contract, while captain Glen Chapple, Oliver Newby and Andrea Agathangelou have extended their contracts until the end of the 2014 season.
Derbyshire have awarded contracts to three young players. Opener Ben Slater was originally told he might not be offered a new deal due to financial constraints, but penned a one-year deal following a review of the club’s budgets. Meanwhile, Johnny Marsden and Greg Cork, son of Derbyshire legend Dominic, have agreed summer contracts.
Leicestershire have secured the futures of several of their players. Zimbabwe-born seam-bowler Anthony Ireland, batsman Angus Robson and all-rounder Tom Wells join all-rounder Ben Raine in signing one-year deals, while left-arm spinner James Sykes and 2013’s leading Championship wicket-taker Ollie Freckingham have penned a two-year extension.
Sussex seam-bowler James Anyon has committed his future to the Hove-based club for a further two seasons. Meanwhile, improving young batsman Matt Machan has extended his contract with his county until the end of the 2015 season.
Graeme White will return to Northamptonshire from Nottinghamshire in a move that has long been expected. White spent part of the 2013 season on-loan at Wantage Road and has signed a two-year contract. Northamptonshire are expected to confirm Australian Jackson Bird as an overseas signing for 2014 in the coming days.
England fast-bowler James Anderson has extended his Lancashire contract by a year, meaning that he will now remain with the club until the end of the 2015 season. The deal, of course, will only kick in if Anderson loses his England central contract.
Glamorgan captain and wicket-keeper Mark Wallace has extended his contract until the end of the 2016 season.
Northamptonshire all-rounder Rob Keogh has signed a new two-year contract, with batsman Rob Newton extending his current deal by three years according to BBC Sport and the Northampton Chronicle. 20 year-old batsman James Kettleborough, meanwhile, has put pen to paper on a one-year deal.
Gloucestershire have extended the contract of all-rounder Benny Howell until the end of the 2015 season. Howell joined the club from Hampshire ahead of the 2012 season.
David Willey, James Fuller and Luke Wright have all signed for Auckland Aces to play in this season’s HRV Cup in New Zealand. Gloucestershire bowler Fuller played for Otago last season and will be part of the Aces’ line-up for the whole tournament. Willey and Wright will share the second overseas berth with Australia’s Brad Hodge. The tournament starts at the beginning of next month.
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