A GLAMORGAN academy prospect made a flying start to the season against his new club Newport on Saturday, before then helping the Spytty Park side to a Sunday success.

Harry Friend, a sixth form student at Monmouth School for Boys, narrowly missed out on a century for Glamorgan Colts against Newport.

The teenage opener hit an impressive 95, including five fours and two sixes, as the Glamorgan youngsters finally opened their campaign after the lockdown at Spytty Park.

Friend has just joined Newport from Monmouth Cricket Club and his 126-ball knock helped Glamorgan to 222-6 from 45 overs against his new club.

He then played for the South Wales Premier League club in a friendly against Cardiff on Sunday and made 42 off 71 balls before being run out in the four-wicket success.

Friend cut his cricketing teeth at Ross Cricket Club before playing at Monmouth Cricket Club.

Fellow Monmouth School for Boys’ student, Sam Swingwood, who bowls leg-spin and has been a successful part of the Gloucestershire emerging players’ programme, made his Glamorgan debut in the match.

Swingwood bowled one over as Newport, whose side included Glamorgan’s director of cricket, Mark Wallace, reached 110-2 off 21 overs to claim victory in a rain-affected match.

Last summer, Swingwood helped some of the countries, including England, prepare for their 2019 Cricket World Cup matches at the County Ground in Bristol.

Swingwood, who plays his club cricket for Monmouth, clean-bowled Australian runs machine Steve Smith twice in the nets.

He also enjoyed a successful tour to India with the Gloucestershire emerging players' programme squad this pre-season, taking 13 wickets and winning the bowler of the tour award.

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