COUNTY Cricket could soon be played in Oswestry after Glamorgan County Cricket Club officials were shown around the Morda Road ground last week.
The Cardiff-based club, who are three times winners of the County Championship, traditionally play their home fixtures at the SWALEC Stadium in Sophia Gardens, but have played some of their fixtures at Colwyn Bay in a bid to raise their profile and attract new support.
Now they are proposing to play one of their matches in Oswestry next season, and should the proposal get the green light it would be the first time that Shropshire has hosted first class county cricket, in what would be a 40 over, one-day game.
Oswestry has previously staged Minor Counties Championship fixtures, and Mike Robinson, captain of Oswestry Cricket Club, said: “To host first class cricket in the town would be a tremendous feather in the cap of Oswestry Cricket Club.
“In the last ten years we have strived to improve the facilities at Morda Road, and the club has established itself in the Birmingham League, so this is great recognition.
“Officials came to the ground and seemed impressed with what we can offer, so we are hopeful of a result which is very exciting,” he added.
The fixture currently earmarked as a possibility is Glamorgan’s match with Somerset on August 14.
Glamorgan boast former Ellesmere College pupil, Adam Shantry, in their line-up, and a decision on whether the club will play in Oswestry is expected before Christmas.
Representatives of Glamorgan CCC were unavailable for comment.