Michael Hogan is closing in on a century of T20 wickets as Glamorgan bid to put injuries behind them and kick-start their Vitality Blast campaign against Surrey at The Oval on Tuesday night. Hogan needs just three wickets for the 100-mark in the T20 format, with 86 of those coming for the Welsh county. With Glamorgan back in sixth position in the south table, and a back injury ruling out Joe Burns, coach Robert Croft’s side could do with some Hogan inspiration.
Alfie Mawson is due to undergo a medical on Tuesday ahead of a proposed £20m move from Swansea City to Fulham. The deal is believed to be worth an initial £15m, with a further £5m dependent on appearances. Only two weeks ago, the Swans were asking for around £25m for Mawson after enquiries from both West Ham and Burnley, but it appears they did not want to allow the deal to rumble on towards the transfer deadline as happened a year ago with Gylfi Sigurdsson’s move to Everton.
Geraint Thomas’ epic Tour de France victory has come 51 years on from the debut of a Welsh rider in the world renowned event. Colin Lewis blazed the trail for Thomas and Team Sky teammate Luke Rowe when he took part in the 1967 and 1968 tours as part of a British team. It wasn’t until Thomas made his debut in the race in 2007 that a Welsh rider once again appeared at the tour.
One of Wales leading international rowers, Rebecca Chin, has had to abandon her Tokyo Olympic dreams due to injury. The 26-year-old north Walian had hoped to complete the remarkable journey from teenager Para-athlete at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 to fully fledged Olympian in 2020, but has been forced to quit due to on-going back problems.
The Lewis sisters sum up the job opportunities for women in golf - Rachel is the first female professional at St Andrew’s, while Georgia is just starting her career at the Vale Resort near Cardiff. They are a great example of the career opportunities in golf being highlighted as part of Women and Girls Week by Wales Golf, the R&A and around the Home Nations. Both came through the Wales Golf ranks, representing their nation at international level, before turning professional and turning a hobby into a career.
West Wales golfer Carys Worby made up for the disappointment of being left out of the Wales team for the European Masters by winning the Welsh Girls title. While Cardiff schoolboy Ben Davies claimed the Welsh Boys title, both players putting in a series of impressive performances at Newport golf club in Gwent.
The biggest autograss race meeting of the year takes place this weekend, when 400 cars assemble at Castle Lloyd Farm in Carmarthenshire for the annual National Autograss Championships. A vast variety of highly modified saloons and custom-built specials will race around a dirt oval on 4-5 August. It’s one of the biggest and most spectacular motorsport events of its kind, and it takes place on a track located between Red Roses and Pendine. Such is the huge demand for places on the grid that the number of competitors is capped to 40 per class – meaning that only the very best drivers in the country will battle it out to become 2018 Class National Champion.
Torrential rain, strong winds and narrow twisty unforgiving roads weren’t the ideal combination to rally a powerful rear-wheel drive Escort on asphalt for the first time, but that didn’t stop Osian Pryce finishing second on a wet, wild and extremely slippery SGC Printing Harry Flatters National A Rally. Having starred on two gravel rallies, Suffolk-based specialists RallyXtreme was keen for Pryce to give its John Wilcox BDG engined Escort Mk2 a run on asphalt. Despite the atrocious conditions, and with no prior testing, the 25-year old Machynlleth-born driver set the third fastest time on the opening stage and was up to second after the first loop of stages, held over the famous undulating asphalt roads of the Epynt military range, north of Sennybridge. Co-driven by Dale Furniss, from Llanfyllin in Powys, Pryce started the second loop of stages just five seconds behind Gareth James/Steffan Evans, but a misfire and an overshoot at a chicane cost him time. Nevertheless, a great final loop saw him secure an excellent second place, finishing 24 seconds behind James, after all 11 stages and 70 stage miles had been completed. Neil Williams/Peter James finished third, a further 1min 18secs behind, in another Escort Mk2.