Telegraph calls for Welsh Fire cricket team to be rebranded and play games outside Wales
‘The Hundred’ cricket team Welsh Fire should be rebranded as Western Fire and play games outside of Cardiff, according to the Telegraph’s main cricket correspondents.
The Welsh Fire men’s and women’s team, who play out of Sofia Gardens in Cardiff, finished 7th and 8th in the eight-team league.
Under a joint byline, the Telegraph’s cricket correspondentssaid that the team should represent south-west England as well as Wales.
“The number of teams does not have to be increased from eight: the talent is spread thinly enough as it is, although the standard should rise if Covid restrictions ease and more starry names from overseas can attend,” they wrote.
“But the South-West, one of England’s great cricket hotbeds, is completely excluded at present. So turn Welsh Fire – and it is not as if they have set Wales on fire, judging by the team’s performances or the crowds that have gone to the Swalec Stadium – into Western Fire, and have them play at Cardiff, Bristol and perhaps Taunton.”
The article did not mention that Welsh Fire’s crowds were capped for much of the season at just over 3,000 by Welsh government regulations.
Despite their name Welsh Fire represent Glamorgan, Gloucestershire and Somerset. ‘Western Fire’ was registered as a trademark on behalf of the organisers, in the hope of attracting more supporters from the West of England rather than exclusively from Wales.
However, organisers ultimately plumped for Welsh Fire.
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Set up another team then no one in Wales will go to see western fire
And that’s how you put people in Wales off imperialist cricket for good.
Yes let’s bring back Welsh baseball introduce it in schools and push it as uniquely Welsh
well its called Welsh rounders
I do believe it was called baseball It was played in Cardiff and Newport the ladies league still exists and there was a game against England annually
And while we are at it, lets start calling England France instead.
Is John Redwood editing the Telegraph ?
Makes a change from miming it I suppose.
Are we still listening to these pompous colonialists in the media? Bad times haha
Welsh language in second place is pointless…….I read whatever is first….first…..might as well be Welsh ..people who dont speak Welsh can just skip it.
Welsh second makes me read things twice
I agree with the Torygraph.
Call the team “Western something” and let them play in Gloucestershire / Somerset.
It will be no less and no more Welsh than it is now.
Let’s invite Cornwall instead. Then we can satisfy the Torygraph’s desire to eradicate all mention of Wales by rebranding as Celtic Fire.
What is going on at the Telegraph? Where do they find people to say that “Welsh Fire” is bad but “ECB” is fine?
There’s so much unionist symbolism being fired at Wales from these London rags and the Westminster Government at the moment (“Western Fire”, “Great British Trains, “our” English national anthem, union jacks on Welsh public buildings, etc.) that it must be a deliberate and concerted propaganda campaign. But do they seriously believe that it’s going to rope Welsh — or Scottish — people back into the unionist fold? Pro-independence sympathy might only represent a quarter of the Welsh population atm, but the genie’s out of the bottle.
This isn’t about cricket but about how how Wales is treated as a nation – and it’s getting more and more sh*t. We’ll hit them for six upon independence, they’ll be stumped by how we’ve become so successful in the future!
Although it would be good to broaden the playing field, It depends if those areas still identify as being a part of Wales. South West England used to be part of Wales last I remember. The G7 Summit in Cornwall not long ago was technically in Wales, not England. I recall there were a few other areas just north of Wales’ border that is still part of Wales aswell, all of which has somehow become lost, but not forgotten. Maybe we should ask a fact checker to refresh people’s memory’s. As a child I was always a bit blown away… Read more »
I am Welsh, not English. Wales should have its own team.