The penultimate weekend of cricket at Radyr this season brought mixed fortunes for the club. On Saturday three of the four sides were victorious with the Second XI being a casualty of the weather, whilst on Sunday it was disappointment all round.
Pride of place on Saturday went to the First XI who beat Llandaff CC in a very tense encounter at the Riverside by 6 wickets, which means that a win at Lisvane next weekend will put the side into the play offs. Llandaff were bowled out in their final over for 128 with the wickets spread around. In wet conditions more conducive to bowling, RCC slipped to 13-2 but a terrific 75no by Chris Van Os, aided by 30no by Rhys Lloyd saw the First XI home with almost 3 overs to spare.
Away from the Riverside, the Third XI beat Dinas Powys IIs by 54 runs and the Fourth XI beat Great Western Railway CC by 11 runs. In the former the stand out score was 35 by Dan Stone whilst in the latter Andy Bell was undefeated on 72. In the bowling, the wickets were spread out for the Thirds, whilst for the Fourths, youngsters Evan Rhys (2-9 off 8 overs), Owain White (2-22) and Gwion Tyler (4-38) were the pick.
On Sunday the club lost the Zonal Final of the Macey Cup by 18 runs to a very good Bridgend side The match was reduced to 12 overs a side due to heavy rain in the morning, though ironically the game finished in bright sunshine. A large crowd saw Radyr win the toss and insert the Premier 1 opposition. Bridgend reached 96-8 off their overs with the pick of the bowlers being Rhydian Morgan with 2-12 and Chris Van Os 2-15, both off their 3 overs. It was felt that this total was eminently gettable but the run out of Jon Davies, first ball, by a stunning piece of fielding, made the task much more difficult. Wickets then fell at regular intervals, as the rate required increased, and the club finished on 78-7 with Tom Morris on 22 and Taylor Burns with 25 off just 14 balls being the main scorers. Despite this defeat it was a magnificent effort by the 14 players who were involved in this very exciting cup run and hopefully next season the club can go one step further.
Finally it was another day of frustration on Sunday for the Radyr Ladies who for the second week running were defeated by the weather. They are due to play Briton Ferry CC at the Riverside this Sunday (August 30th) and hopefully, third time lucky, this wonderful innovation for the club, will get the thumbs up from the weather gods.