Full name Aneurin Henry Thomas Donald
Born December 20, 1996, Swansea, Glamorgan
Current age 22 years 155 days
Major teams England Under-19s, Glamorgan, Glamorgan 2nd XI, Wales Minor Counties
Batting style Right-hand bat
Bowling style Right-arm offbreak
Education Pontarddulais Comprehensive School
|First-class debut||Glamorgan v Hampshire at Cardiff, Sep 23-25, 2014 scorecard|
|Last First-class||Hampshire v Nottinghamshire at Newport, May 20-23, 2019 scorecard|
|List A debut||Nottinghamshire v Glamorgan at Market Warsop, Jul 26, 2015 scorecard|
|Last List A||Hampshire v Lancashire at Southampton, May 12, 2019 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Sussex v Glamorgan at Hove, Jul 10, 2015 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Glamorgan v Surrey at Cardiff, Aug 17, 2018 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|46, 3||Hampshire||v Notts||Newport||20 May 2019||FC|
|75, 16*||Hampshire||v Warwickshire||Birmingham||14 May 2019||FC|
|3||Hampshire||v Lancashire||Southampton||12 May 2019||LA|
|57||Hampshire||v Somerset||Taunton||5 May 2019||LA|
|41||Hampshire||v Sussex||Southampton||2 May 2019||LA|
|12||Hampshire||v Surrey||The Oval||30 Apr 2019||LA|
|58, 0c/1s||Hants 2nd XI||v Surr 2nd XI||Southampton||24 Apr 2019||Other OD|
|7*||Hampshire||v Glamorgan||Southampton||19 Apr 2019||LA|
|0||Hampshire||v Kent||Canterbury||17 Apr 2019||LA|
|60||Hants 2nd XI||v Sussx 2nd XI||Fulking||20 Aug 2018||Other|
With a name like Aneurin Donald, it is no wonder that Welsh cricket lovers became a little misty-eyed when they considered the potential of Glamorgan's young batting hope. His departure to Hampshire therefore with the 2018 season still incomplete felt like a hammer blow to a county heading for the Championship wooden spoon - an undermining of the homegrown policy that was at the centre of their strategy. He left Glamorgan at only 21, with a first-class average a touch over 30, but with his initial promise losing impetus.
Emotions certainly ran high at Colwyn Bay in 2016 when Donald, at 19, spanked 234 off 136 balls, equalling the fastest double-century in first-class cricket, in a remarkable maiden Championship hundred. Derbyshire were despatched for 15 sixes - he cleared the ropes to reach 100, 150 and 200 - only one short of Graham Napier's Championship record. A full Championship season did not quite bring 1,000 runs, but his promise was undoubted.
Donald only played five Championship matches in 2015 but that did not spot some from observing his place in the England U19 side against Australia, where he shared captaincy duties with Haseeb Hameed, and wondering if he could become the first Glamorgan player to represent the full England side since Simon Jones starred in their memorable 2005 Ashes success.
He has a strong Glamorgan pedigree: his great uncle, Bernard Hedges, played 422 matches for the county between 1950 and 1967.
Donald, a middle-order batsman from Swansea, developed well through age-group and second XI cricket. He made his Glamorgan first-class debut in the final match of the season in 2014 when he made 59 at roughly a run a ball against Hampshire in the second innings. His formative years were spent as a key part of Mumbles' victorious side in the South Wales Premier League.