By RICHARD THOMAS
DIRECTIONS: (Satnav - CF11 9XR) From north: A470 (Northern Avenue), continue on A4161 (North Road then Kingsway Ffordd Y Brenin), bear left on to A4161 (Duke Street), continue on A4161 (Castle Street and Cowbridge Road), bear right on to A4119 (Cathedral Road), turn right on to Sophia Close for Sophia Gardens. From south: A4232 (Grangetown Link), B4267 (Leckwith Road), bear right on to A4161 (Wellington Street), continue on A4161 (Cowbridge Road), turn left on to A4119 (Cathedral Road), turn right on to Sophia Close for Sophia Gardens. From east: M4 Exit 29, bear left on to A48(M), bear left on to A48 (Mill Lane), turn left on to A4119 (Cardiff Road), bear left on to A4119 (Pen-Hill Road), bear right on to A4119 (Cathedral Road), turn left on to Sophia Close for Sophia Gardens. From west: M4 Exit 33, at the roundabout take A4232 and follow directions as from the south. Public Transport from Cardiff Central Railway Station - Regular Taxis and buses - five-minute trip from station.
CAR PARKING: Main car park on grass at the back of Sophia Gardens. Also some street parking and some spaces in the Welsh Institute of Sport car park just outside Sophia Gardens.
FACILITIES: Three broadcasting boxes leading to main press box. Two rows. Can get rather crowded on big match days. Press Contacts - PA: Richard Thomas (07899 980588); Western Mail: Phil Blanche (02920 583684); South Wales Echo: Gareth Griffiths (02920 583777). Scorer Dr. Andrew Hignell - 9/10: he is a full member of CWC and cricket author. Club Contact Mike Fatkin, chief executive (02920 419338). Telecom Arrangements - Limited - Times/S Times have a landline, as does BBC Wales. Power in Box - Plenty of sockets. Heat/Cold/Light - Noisy fans available to stem heat on hot days. Windows open. Useful numbers Club no. 08712 823401. Food/Drink arrangements in Press Box - Tea/coffee readily available and free Kit Kats if you are lucky. Local lunchtime boozers - Three very close: Mochyn Du (by the entrance to the ground), Cayo and the Beverley (right on to Cathedral Road). Local sandwich bars and delis - Catering available in the cricket centre, otherwise city centre 10 minute walk along the riverbank.
ACCOMMODATION:Angel Hotel, Castle Street, Cardiff (02920 649200) Single room: from £75 Comment: good reputation and only a 10-minute walk from ground. Big Sleep, Bute Terrace, Cardiff (02920 636363) Single room: from £45 Comment: other side of town but used by the club. Only continental breakfast available. Cathedral Hotel, Cathedral Road. Single room: £40 Comment: won’t getting anything close. Right outside on junction with Cathedral Road. Excellent breakfast.
LEISURE: Pubs - Three named above, plus plenty in the city centre such as The Yard in St Mary’s St. Restaurants - Le Monde, St Mary’s Street. Brassiere-style Comment: good reputation and atmosphere. Reasonably priced. The Cinnamon Tree, Kings Rd, Pontcanna Indian Comment: Posh (square plates), but a must for the Ruby Murray connoisseur. The Italian Way, Cowbridge Rd East, Canton Comment: small but beautifully formed. Meat balls a speciality. BYO. Cinemas/Theatres/Concert Halls - St David’s Hall (City centre), Wales Millennium Centre (Cardiff Bay), Cardiff International Arena (city centre). Local sights Cardiff Castle, Millennium Stadium Tours, Cardiff Bay. Golf courses Celtic Manor - off M4 by Newport (Junc 24). Very expensive green fees but a chance to play the course, which will host the 2010 Ryder Cup. Vale of Glamorgan - off M4 (Junc 34). Wales National Course just opened. Cardiff Golf Club - Cyncoed. Mile-and-a-half from Sophia Gardens.
DIRECTIONS: From north and west: At M4 Junction 47 take A483. At roundabout take A483. Turn right on to A4216 (Station Road then Cockett Road then Vivian Road). Turn left on to A4118 (Gower Road then Sketty Road). Turn right on to Bernard Street. Turn left on to Marlborough Road. Turn right on to Finsbury Terrace. Continue into Gorse Lane for St Helen's Cricket Ground. From south and east: At M4 Junction 42 take A483. At roundabout take A483 (Fabian Way). Continue west on A4067 (Quay Parade and then Victoria Road). Bear left on to A4067 (Oystermouth Road). Bear right on to A4067 (Mumbles Road). Turn right on to local road. Turn right on to A4067 (Mumbles Road). Bear left on to Gorse Lane for St Helen's Cricket Ground. Public Transport - Regular Taxis and buses - 10-minute trip from station.
CAR PARKING: Limited to players and umps inside ground. Some available towards the Mumbles end of the ground and some street parking.
FACILITIES: Double Decker, right behind the bowler’s arm (one of the best views in the country). Local Press Contacts - PA: Richard Thomas (07899 980588); South Wales Evening Post: Rob Lloyd (01792 514640). Club Contact - Mike Fatkin, chief executive (02920 419338). Telecom arrangements in Press Box - Very limited - Only one line owned by BBC Wales. Power - Plenty of sockets. Bring your own extension cable if you intend to work off a laptop. Heat/Col/Light - Heat and light available. Some windows open. Useful numbers - Club no. 01792 424242. Food/Drink arrangements in the Press Box - simply Tea/Coffee or Water. Rolls available (relatively cheap) in Fred’s Bar on other side of ground. Local Boozers - Cricketers’ Arms - literally a 30-yard stagger from Press Box. Local Sandwich Bars/Delis/Supermarkets - Catering available in the cricket centre, otherwise city centre 10-minute walk along the riverbank.
ACCOMMODATION: The Dolphin, Whitewalls (01792 650011) Single room: from £30 Comment: Could do with a lick of paint, but right in the centre of the city. Ramada Jarvis, Phoenix Way (01792 310310) Single room: from £80 Comment: Good hotel but out of town on the rather tame Enterprise Zone. Grand Hotel, High Street (01792 650541) Single room: from £60 Comment: Right opposite the train station. Recently renovated and is now gaining good reputation for top nosh. Osprey Guest House, Oystermouth Road (01792 642369) Single room: from £14 Comment: picked at random as just one of around 30 guesthouses on the seafront. Only 10 minute walk to St Helen’s.
LEISURE: Pubs - If you are young and looking for a bit of action head for Wind St where you will find the usual - Yates / Pitcher & Piano. For the more discerning, head for Mumbles (10 minute taxi ride from St Helen’s) - White Rose (by the first roundabout) worth a look. Restaurants: best places in Mumbles - “Patrick’s” (01792 360199) www.patricks-restaurant.co.uk especially for good local fish (excellent food recommended by William Powell). If you fancy a good Indian then none better than the Viceroy in Swansea’s St Helen’s Road. Italian: Topo Gigio, also in St Helen’s Road. Cinemas/Theatres/Concert Halls/Live Music/Nightclubs: Grand Theatre always got a variety of entertainment. UCI is the main cinema. Plenty of nightclubs. Local Sights - Trips to Mumbles - a walk along the front to Verdi’s café or try an ice cream at Joe’s (on the right hand side past the Post Office). New Swansea City and Swansea-Neath Ospreys Stadium due for completion 2005/06 season. Golf Courses - Langland Bay Golf Course, Swansea Bay Golf Course, and Clyne Golf Course - all close by, as is Earlswood Golf Course (municipal).
DIRECTIONS: From A55 westbound: from A55 take B5113 (Princes Drive). Turn right on to B5113 (Egerton Road). Turn right on to A547 (Conway Road). Bear right on to B5115 (Brompton Avenue). Continue on B5115 (Llandudno Road). Bear right on to Church Road. Turn right on to Penrhyn Avenue. Turn right for Colwyn Bay CC. From A55 eastbound: take B5115 (Brompton Avenue). Continue on B5115 (Llandudno Road). Bear right on to Church Road. Turn right on to Penrhyn Avenue. Turn right for Colwyn Bay CC. Public Transport - Regular Taxi service from Llandudno Station (15 minutes).
CAR PARKING: Plenty of space available in the ground parking areas with friendly stewards.
FACILITIES: Tent by score box. Local Press Contact - PA: Richard Thomas (07899 980588). Club Contact - Mike Fatkin, chief executive (02920 419338). Telecom - Nothing in the tent. BBC Wales have a line in the tent opposite. Power - Club officials often need a reminder on day one to supply power extensions from box. Bring your own extension cable if you intend to work off a laptop. Heat/Light/Environment - Press tent is a sun-trap in good weather. But a rarity in the North Wales climate usually dull and rainy! Perennial problems - You can’t see the main scoreboard from the press tent. Spectators often walk in front and sometimes stop mistaking it for information tent. In wet weather tables and chairs liable to sink into the mud. Food/Drink in Press Box - Little or nothing I’m afraid. Local Boozers - Two in easy five-minute walk of ground, on the front in Rhos-on-Sea (turn right out of main entrance). Colwyn Bay Cricket clubs serves a good pint too. Local Sandwich Bars/Delis/Supermarkets - Usual seaside fare available in Rhos-on-Sea.
ACCOMMODATION: Hotel 70 Degrees (01492 534626). The Cedar Tree (01492 545867), Marine Hotel (01492 530295) or try www.smoothhound.co.uk or www.breakoutworld.com for others in Colwyn Bay or Rhos-on-Sea.
LEISURE: Richards Restaurant (01492 877924) or Groes Inn (01492 650545). For other leisure activities including horse riding, walking and steam railways refer to www.visitwales.com
Newport Cricket Club moved from Rodney Parade to a new purpose built facility at Newport International Sports Village (NISV) at Spytty Park, Newport NP19 4PT Tel 01633 281236. The pavilion also houses the impressive Newport Cricket Museum.
FACILITIES: The ground has temporary media facilities and a wifi-code can be gained from Newport CC or Glamorgan CCC Media staff. Car parking is available adjacent to the ground for press and media.