Chris Cooke

Date of birth 30.05.1986 Squad number 46 Role in team Wicketkeeper Glamorgan debut 3 June 2011 v Middlesex at Cardiff (T20) Random fact Has the best fashion sense in the squad

Chris Cooke was Vice-Captain in 2018 and has succeeded Michael Hogan as captain of Glamorgan County Cricket Club in red-ball cricket for the 2019 season. He also takes over as captain in the Royal London One-Day Cup from Colin Ingram.

Chris succeeded Mark Wallace as Glamorgan’s 1st XI wicketkeeper in 2017 and maintained the high-standards behind the stumps which his predecessor had set.

Chris is also a forceful right-handed batsman who has played a series of fine innings in both formats of the game for the past few years for Glamorgan, besides playing a series of crucial innings in the Club’s one-day campaign. In 2017 he played a match-winning innings at The Ageas Bowl in Glamorgan’s Royal London One-Cup game against Hampshire as the Welsh county successfully chased a target of 333 in the 50-overs contest.

In 2018 Chris saw Glamorgan home with a memorable 60 off just 29 balls in a magnificent win against Essex at Chelmsford in the T20 Blast, whilst also scoring over 500 in the County Championship.

The 2019 season saw Cooke suffer a serious ankle injury, but he recovered in time to launch some blistering assaults in the Vitality Blast, and he also recorded 161 in the Royal London One-Day Cup against Gloucestershire at Bristol including a stunning eight sixes.

In 2020 'Cooky' led from the front with the bat, top-scoring in Glamorgan's Bob Willis Trophy campaign and scoring three consecutive fourth-innings half-centuries, as well as being second leading run-scorer in the Vitality Blast. Cooke was named in the PCA Team of the Year, with a combination of runs and dismissals heralding his case and leading to his eventual crowning as Glamorgan's Player of the Year for 2020.

Born in Johannesburg, Chris initially played for Western Province in 2009 and 2010, before moving to the UK. He enjoyed a stunning debut for Glamorgan in the Twenty20 competition in 2011, against Middlesex at the SWALEC Stadium striking his second, third and fourth deliveries for the Club high over the boundary boards for six.

In 2012 Chris also made a superb 137* against Somerset in the 40-overs competition at Taunton before establishing a regular berth in Glamorgan’s Championship line-up. Indeed, 2014 was a breakthrough season for the middle-order batsman as he posted a superb 171 – his maiden first-class century against Kent at Canterbury – and ended the summer as Glamorgan’s Four-Day Player of the Year.

He added two more first-class hundreds to his tally in 2015, besides playing a remarkable match-winning innings against Kent in the Royal London One-Day Cup at the SSE SWALEC where he blasted an imperious 94 from just 54 balls to see Glamorgan to a thrilling victory.

Chris sustained a back injury during 2016 and missed the second half of the summer, but there were no injury worries in 2017, with Chris sharing a match-saving partnership with Colin Ingram as the pair batted throughout the final day of the Championship match with Nottinghamshire and saved the game.


2014 County Championship Player of the Year

2017 County Championship Player of the Year

2020 Player of the Year

2020 PCA Team of the Year

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