Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Simon Jones comes back home: Fast bowler re-joins Glamorgan

Colin Metson (Managing Director of Cricket), Simon Jones and Matthew Mott (Head Coach) (c) Huw John Photography
Today (Wednesday 19 October), pace bowler Simon Jones has announced his return to Wales after signing a new two-year contract with his boyhood club, Glamorgan.
The 2005 Ashes winner, from Llanelli, originally left the Dragons in 2007 to join Worcestershire. He signed for Hampshire in 2010 but returned to Glamorgan on loan earlier this year taking part in the Friends Life t20 and Clydesdale Bank40 campaigns.
During the t20 campaign, Jones put his past injury woes behind him by becoming one of only three county cricketers to hit bowling speeds of 94 m.p.h. He figured in ten t20 and three CB40 matches for Glamorgan and took 13 wickets during his six-week loan spell.
Simon, 32, says: “I’m really happy to return home and play for Glamorgan. This cricket club has played an integral role in my career and my life and I’m thrilled to be back to help achieve success with the club in the next two years and to play regular cricket. After four happy years over the border, there is no price tag on being nearer to family and coming home to Wales.
“It’s been a frustrating few seasons for me with injuries, but I’ve put this behind me and I’m thrilled to be moving on with my game. Also in the back of my mind, I haven’t given up on the dream of playing for England again. I’m confident that I still have the form that got me selected in the first place and prove some critics wrong.”
Colin Metson, Glamorgan’s Managing Director of Cricket, adds: “We’re thrilled to have Simon Jones back on board with us at Glamorgan Cricket. He impressed us all both on and off the field when he returned during a brief loan spell earlier this season and we’re delighted that he is now a permanent fixture here at The SWALEC Stadium.”
Simon, fiancée Justine and sons Harvey (4) and Charlie (3) have since left the South of England and returned to live in St Nicholas, Vale of Glamorgan. Simon and Justine are due to get married in December.
Editor’s Notes
Simon Jones started his career with Glamorgan as a 16 year-old in 1998.
He is the son of former Glamorgan cricket star Jeff Jones, who also played 15 Tests for England.
He is a former pupil at Coedcae Comprehensive and Millfield School.
He made his test debut for England against India at Lord’s in July 2002

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