Wednesday 26 May 2010 

Rugby Helps Fund Glamorgan Cricket Dream

The first part of Glamorgan County Cricket Club's fund raising memorabilia sale created a world record in Bristol today (Wednesday, 26 May) - for a Welsh rugby ticket!

Hidden in the hordes of bats, balls, books, autographs and letters was a complimentary ticket from the Wales v Ireland championship rugby match played at Cardiff Arms Park on 16 March, 1895.

The 115-year-old ticket, which was reserved for a member of the WRU, went into the sale at Dreweatt's auction house, Bristol, was estimated to raise between £200-300. It was a game that Wales won 5-3 and the home side contained two players who played cricket for Glamorgan in Billy Bancroft and Ralph Sweet-Escott.

The 'winning' ticket

There was fierce bidding for the ticket and a ding-dong battle developed between an English and Welsh collector, sending the final sale price up to a staggering £480. The English dealer pulled out at £400, leaving the Welshman to take home the prize to the Neath area for a fee premium inclusive of £480.

"It's great that the ticket is going back to Wales and we are claiming a world record sale price of £400 plus sales premium," said Dreweatt's director, Richard Madley.

"I sold Kevin Pietersen for a world record price of $1.55 million last year in the IPL auctions, but this little gem gave me just as much pleasure. I'm very happy it's found a suitable home within a Welsh Collection.

"This was the first innings, if you like, of the surplus memorabilia plucked from the Glamorgan CCC archives and gave us a great start in our quest to raise a six figure sum to help the club build a dedicated museum to Welsh cricket.

"The second innings will be at our London auction rooms in Maddox Street on Thursday, 10 June, when the club's wonderful collection of Wisden alamanack's will go under the hammer."

Glamorgan chairman Paul Russell is trying to raise more than £100,000 to help the club fund a new Museum of Welsh Cricket at their Swalec Stadium in Cardiff.

Included among the items up for grabs on 10 June are a run of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanacks from 1870-1970, autographs from WG Grace, Ivo Bligh and Sir Jack Hobbs, as well as many other valuable items of cricket ephemera.