Glamorgan: Aneurin Donald targets Matthew Maynard success

Aneurin Donald
Aneurin Donald made his first-class debut for Glamorgan as a 17-year-old in September 2014

Glamorgan batsman Aneurin Donald says he would be pleased to match Matthew Maynard's career after beating his long-standing county record.

Donald, 19, surpassed former county captain Maynard as the county's youngest player to reach 1,000 first-class runs in a season.

"That's the cherry on the top, and if I can have a similar career to him, I'll be very pleased," said Donald.

Maynard was 20 when he scored 1,000 runs in 1986.

He went on to lead Glamorgan to the Championship title in 1997, playing four Tests and 14 one-day internationals for England before coaching Glamorgan and now Somerset.

Donald, who has led England at Under-19 level, passed the milestone in his second innings of 25 during the County Championship defeat against Gloucestershire in Cardiff.

"It's a really proud moment for myself and my family, and it's nice to tick it off in my first full season," Donald told BBC Wales Sport.

"But unfortunately I got in and got out. It's not what the team needed and a few things aren't working for us at the moment.

"We're looking to change things for the Essex game, we know it hasn't been good enough (with three straight defeats) and we're looking to put things right."

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Colwyn Bay highlight

The centre-piece of Donald's achievement was a spectacular innings of 234 against Derbyshire at Colwyn Bay.

He equalled the record for the fastest-ever double century in first-class cricket, set by Indian great Ravi Shastri off just 123 balls.

But with an innings of 105 against the students of Cardiff MCCU included in his total, Donald wants to score a further 84 to reach 1,000 Championship runs.

"That was a great day and a bit of a one-off, I've been pretty pleased through the year as I've been getting a few scores," he added.

"But it's been a bit frustrating in other parts, feeling I could have got three or four more hundreds.

"It would be nice to tick off 1,000 Championship runs and then I could be happy with my season, but there's always things I can improve on."

Heading Down Under

Donald is heading for a second summer in Australia, playing grade cricket for the Midland-Guildford club in Western Australia from October 2016 as part of an England and Wales Cricket Board programme.

They are captained by former Glamorgan batsman Stewart Walters, while former England captain Alec Stewart spent time there.

"We'll have batting coaches, (Neil) "Noddy" Holder, coach to (Australian opener) Justin Langer is set up for a couple of us," said Donald.

"A few other county boys have been sent out there, and I'm looking forward to getting stuck in there in the grade cricket team."