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Glamorgan keen for Meschede to extend his stay in Cardiff

MeschedeGlamorgan Head Coach Toby Radford hopes Craig Meschede’s performances and enjoyment of the SWALEC Stadium setup this year will pave the way for a permanent move for the Somerset all-rounder.

Meschede has joined Glamorgan on loan from Taunton and seems set to play a role in all formats for the Welsh county in 2015.

However the former King’s College pupil played down suggestions that he was a like for like replacement for Jim Allenby, who has moved in the opposite direction to the West Country.

“I don’t think I’m a direct replacement for Jim Allenby, it’s more coincidence,” said Meschede. “I know Glamorgan have been interested in me over the last couple of years and I’m excited to be on board.

“Jim’s a different player, he’s done very well for Glamorgan so it’s going to be difficult to fill his boots but I’ll do my best although I don’t think it’s a direct swap.

“My stats would probably say I’m better at a one-day format but over the last year or so I’ve tailored my game to suit a four-day format. I like to be Jack of all trades.

“Hopefully I’ll be batting six or seven in all formats and bowling first change.”

Meschede, whose 2014 season was badly hit by injury, was in South Africa recovering from a shoulder operation when former Glamorgan coach, now Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard, called to tell him about the chance of a year-long loan.

“Immediately I was excited because it’s a different environment, a new team, and it’s an opportunity to develop my skills in a different way, and to become a better, stronger person,” Meschede said.

Speaking about his aims for the new season, Meschede said: “I had a disappointing season last year with back to back injuries and then having to have an operation. So my aim is to be playing consistently and developing my batting a little bit more – and my bowling – and just getting more consistency in my game. From that, hopefully I can do well enough to take Glamorgan to the next level.”

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Radford has been impressed with Meschede in training so far and is keen for him to stay in Cardiff beyond 2015.

“He’s a very attacking batter and bowls a heavy medium-pace ball,” said Radford.

“The hope is he goes well, loves it here and says at the end of the season, ‘I’d love him to be here on a longer-term contract’.”

Meschede, who still has a year left on his Somerset contract after this season, is not committing himself to the Welsh county just yet.

“The plan is to score as many runs and take as many wickets as possible and at the end of the season we’ll re-assess,” he said.

With Allenby’s signing, Somerset now have a number of all-rounders in their ranks, including Pete Trego, Lewis Gregory and Craig Overton. That strength in depth has made it harder for Meschede to break into the side over the past few years.

By contrast the loan to Glamorgan looks set to offer him regular first-team cricket throughout the season. He is already due to make his debut for the Welsh county this week in a two-day friendly against Gloucestershire at the SWALEC Stadium tomorrow (Monday) and Tuesday.