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Matthew Maynard captained by son Tom on playing return

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Father joins son for Glamorgan

Glamorgan director of cricket Matthew Maynard makes his playing comeback on Wednesday in a Glamorgan XI side which will be skippered by his son Tom.

The former England batsman is being used as an emergency wicket-keeper in a three-day friendly against a team made up of Cardiff University students.

Regular wicket-keeper Mark Wallace is being rested while back-up Will Bragg is out with an ankle injury.

Matthew Maynard, 44, last played for Glamorgan in 2005.

Maynard, who played for England between 1988-2000, will get the chance to assess the form of Tom as he tries to make his four-day breakthrough.

The boys are playing really well in four-day cricket so it's hard to drop anyone

Tom Maynard

"I think my game is slightly more suited to one-day cricket, but I'm trying as hard as I can to get a four-day spot," said Tom Maynard, who hit 90 off 88 balls in a second-team game against Leicestershire on Tuesday and has also hit two second-team centuries this season.

He has also top-scored for Glamorgan in two Pro 40 games, hitting 48 against Somerset, followed up by a stunning 103 not out off 68 balls in defeat by Lancashire on Sunday.

But Maynard has failed to reproduce his one-day form in county championship games in the past with an average of 14.5 in his 13 first class games, including one half-century.

Glamorgan's Tom Maynard
Glamorgan's Tom Maynard has made his mark in one-day cricket

"The four-day team's obviously playing well at the moment and all I'm trying to do is get as many runs in second team cricket and one-day cricket as I can to try to push for a spot," said Tom Maynard.

"There is definitely crossover and I've got runs in the longer form in second team cricket this year.

"So I'm quite confident that I would be able to get runs at first-class cricket as well. I've just got to wait for my opportunity now.

"The boys are playing really well in four-day cricket so it's hard to drop anyone. I've just got to wait for my chance.

"I've worked a lot over the winter and pre-season in trying to stay as still as possible, makes me nice and balanced and means that I can hit the ball nice and straight and time it a lot better."

Glamorgan were undone by an unbroken Lancashire stand of 186 between Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft in the Pro 40 on Sunday.

But Maynard believes the setback can only spur Glamorgan on.

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He said: "It was pretty heart-breaking to be honest to watch Ashwell Prince and Steven Croft just churn them out there.

"It was very difficult on a good wicket to constrict them when they were hitting so well.

"I enjoyed every minute of my innings, but unfortunately it's hard to enjoy it after losing because it means a slightly disappointing start to the season for us in the one-day competition.

"But I'm very confident the lads are close to really kicking on and really thrashing teams.

"I'm really confident that all the boys are going to really strike back from this and get a lot of wins under our belt in one-day cricket this year."


Glamorgan side v MCCU: MJ Powell, BJ Wright, NA James, TL Maynard (capt), DO Brown, RDB Croft, HT Waters, WT Owen, AJ Jones, CP Ashling, MP Maynard (wkt).



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