Kidderminster have pulled off a coup with the signing of former County legend Graham Wagg for their 2023 Birmingham League campaign.
Wagg is a domestic legend who, after 5,493 runs and 414 wickets for Glamorgan, called time on his glittering 10-year career with the County in 2020.
A fiery left-arm seamer and lusty middle-order batter, Wagg played 259 matches for Glamorgan across all formats where he was arguably their most consistent performer.
His highlight came during his barnstorming 2015 season when striking an aggressive double century to defeat Division T2 champions Surrey. His record-breaking innings included 11 sixes (most in a Championship innings by a Glamorgan cricketer) and was the first double century scored from the No. 8 position since 2000.
Wagg, who started his career with Warwickshire, after representing England at Under-16 and Under-19 levels, spent time with Derbyshire before joining Glamorgan in 2011. He became one of their most influential figures over the past decade and has now left the county boasting neigh on 10,000 runs and 750 wickets, with 5 centuries, 42 fifties, and 13 five-wicket bags across the formats.
Despite failing to agree terms with Glamorgan, Wagg still has plenty “left in the tank” and is preparing for a new challenge in the dying embers of his career.
“I still have that burning desire to play cricket that I did all those years ago, and while I am sad to be leaving the club, it will always have a special place in my heart and I leave with nothing but positive feelings to Glamorgan,” the ex-Warwickshire and Derbyshire man said.
Following his release, Wagg set about exploring pastures new and is in the process of setting up his own coaching business. He has also featured in both Club (Biddestone – WEPL; Wem – Shropshire League) and Minor County (Shropshire) cricket, where he has excelled.
In 2021 playing in WEPL Premier 2 (Glos/Wilts) he struck 715 runs at 65 and took 15 wickets at 20.13. In the same year playing for Shropshire in the Minor Counties Championship he starred hitting 453 runs at 56.62 alongside bagging 22 wickets at 13.63, to finish top of the run charts, and fourth with the ball.
Last summer, the trend continued, this time for Wem in the Shropshire League (609 runs at 27.68 and 38 wickets at 20.97), and again for Shropshire (325 runs at 40.63).
Wagg, who now bowls both left-arm pace and spin, is clearly still a quality performer on the pitch but is also eager to secure coaching, and developmental roles moving forward. Initially, though, he is set to act as Player/Coach for Kidderminster throughout the 2023 Birmingham and District Premier League season.