Chairman’s Update

Following the very successful AGM and subsequent Management Board (MB) meeting, I thought I would update you with regards certain developments that have taken  place since the end of last season.

Second X1 Captain

As I’m sure most of you are aware, Peter Clegg decided to stand down after a very successful period of tenure that has taken the Second X1 to unprecedented heights in the league structure. Can I, on behalf of the MB, thank him for his efforts and hope that in 2020 we shall see even more runs and wickets in the Clegg column. To replace him has not been an easy task, though after a number of conversations, I’m delighted to announce that the new skipper will be Ben Wakeling. He is the ultimate competitor,  a great cricketer with bat and ball and will be the ideal person to lead the side as they take their place in the Third Division. I’m sure you will give him all the support you can and I wish this most popular of individuals, all the luck in the world.

Players Representative

During last season a umber of players both young and old spoke to me and wondered whether their voice could be heard more directly on the MB. This was something that I was very keen to encourage and as a consequence Simon Walters was invited and accepted the role, and will act as the ‘players voice’.  He will be a funnel for information/requests/grievances from the players to the MB and will be a vital cog in the dissemination of information before, during and after the season. I have no doubt, knowing Simon as I do, that he will be totally approachable by all those who play senior cricket and a champion of all the playing members of RCC.

Winter Lunch

For those of you with long memories, the Winter Lunch was always an event to look forward to, some used to say it was the unofficial start to the season. For various reasons it has not been held since 2016. However now, by popular demand, it’s back. So please immediately put Sunday 26th January 2020 in your diaries as the Winter Lunch will be a soiree not to be missed. The venue will be Radyr Golf Club with full details, regarding price and menus, with you very shortly. It will be an opportunity to see old friends halfway through the close season and I have no doubt places will be booked up fast, so please, as soon as you can see the email, respond to avoid disappointment.

New Shirt Sponsor

I am very pleased to announce that the club’s new shirt sponsor are to be the estate agents Michael Graham Young, a fixture in Station Road for a great many years. It is hoped that the new shirts, via our usual suppliers, will be ready for purchase prior to Christmas, and would, I suggest, make perfect presents. Can I thank Jonathan Wilson for all the work he did in finalising the thee year sponsorship deal and to Chicchetti’s who were our previous sponsor.

Ladies Team

As part of the clubs development plan it was hoped that a Ladies ‘hard ball’ team would formed for the 2020 season. Following discussions with Cricket Wales and a number of like minded clubs, I’m delighted to announce that next season will see RCC taking the huge step and entering into the South Wales and West Ladies Cricket League.  The six clubs, three from Wales, will play forty over games on a Sunday and wear coloured clothing. RCC will be the main location in the capital for Ladies cricket and already a number who live or work in Cardiff, but play elsewhere, have applied to join the club. Some of these ladies are Level 2 coaches and also wish to play senior cricket on a Saturday. I’m sure all members will welcome this exciting development with again shows that RCC is at the forefront of everything that is good about recreational cricket. Should you know anyone who s interested in playing, coaching or just helping with this venture please contact Emma Clegg who is acting as the pre season administrator.

Fifth X1

Last, but most certainly not least, is the update regarding a Fifth X1. As we talked about last year the club wasn’t always able to give all of its members the cricket they sought. On a number of occasions friendlies were arranged but they lacked the competitive edge of league cricket and ultimately proved unpopular. For that reason the MB decided to take the plunge and form a Fifth X1, applying to join the SEWCL at the appropriate level. At the clubs AGM, Steve Sanders was appointed captain and after a struggle in finding a home ground, Pontcanna was identified as a temporary base. More permanent solutions are being looked at. However for the 2020 I’m delighted that more members will get the cricket they want and I wish Steve good luck in what is another new venture for the club.

I hope this gives you a flavour of what is currently happening at RCC and should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.

Regards

Christopher Hitchings

Radyr Cricket Club – Chairman