Lloyd eager to start big 2021

26 Feb 2021 | Cricket

Vice-captain David Lloyd is eagerly awaiting the start of the season having missed the 2020 Bob Willis Trophy through injury and recently been drafted by Welsh Fire.

Lloyd hasn’t played first-class cricket since 2019 but will return to Headingley – the venue where he made his debut back in 2012 – for Glamorgan’s opening game of this season’s LV= County Championship.

The north-Walian is excited to start a challenging campaign in a group that also contains Lancashire, Kent, Northamptonshire and Sussex.

LV= County Championship opener

"It's exciting to start at Headingley and most of the lads probably haven't played there before,” said Lloyd.

“It'll be a real test and a challenge, and we've got a challenging group with plenty of good attacks to face, but as a club and as a team we need to embrace these challenges and show how good we can be.

"Everyone's excited to get going outside. It's been a long winter, and we've been fortunate to be able to keep training and keep ourselves fit, and the recent news means things are looking better.

Pre-season fixtures

With pre-season games confirmed against Cardiff UCCE and Somerset, as well as an intra-squad game, Lloyd believes that the Glamorgan XI vs Glamorgan XI approach is one that has been beneficial to the squad over recent years.

"Our intra-squad games get quite heated - people are playing for places and the banter is flying round. They get the best out of players.

“Sometimes these games aren't as effective as you like but we've shown over the last few seasons that they are really beneficial for us.”

Welsh Fire selection

Lloyd was drafted with the penultimate pick in the draft for Welsh Fire and can’t wait to team up with global superstar Kieron Pollard as well as Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson at Sophia Gardens.

"I'm delighted to be picked up for the Welsh Fire team,” added Lloyd.

“It came as a bit of a shock! It's something I'm looking forward to and I can't wait to experience it. It was frustrating to miss the start of last season but to come back, score some runs and get a couple of teams wins was helpful.

"Pollard is a great player, he's done fantastically well for himself in T20, so the quality and experience he brings will be ideal, and also the pace of Jhye Richardson is something which is much-needed, so they're two really good signings for the 100-ball team."