The England and Wales Cricket Board has confirmed the following international matches for the SWALEC stadium:
2012: England v West Indies one-day international (ODI); England v South Africa ODI
2013: England v Australia ODI
2014: England v Sri Lanka test match; England v India ODI
2015: England v New Zealand ODI
2016: England v Australia Twenty20 international
Yesterday, the Evening Post printed a two-page celebration of the win against Essex which virtually sealed the county championship forty years ago. I have a special reason for remembering that summer, because I was setting up the family home in Ynysforgan then, while snatching every opportunity to watch the cricket in Swansea. (At that time, the county had roughly equal numbers of matches in Swansea and Cardiff.) I didn't actually watch the final day, but was keeping up-to-date via my tranny.
It was great to see Eifion Jones and Ossie Wheatley still spry enough to re-enact the throw which ran out John Lever to clinch the win. If Lever had made his ground, and the last pair had made another few runs, the result would have gone the other way.
In a pretty comprehensive article, the Post missed Tony Lewis's comment after the match. Contemplating the likely wild and disastrous result in the emotionally-charged situation if "one of us" had fielded the ball, he remarked: "That was a very Anglo-Saxon throw".