December Radyr Chain

As Christmas looms into view can I on behalf of all the club’s members wish all the readers of The Radyr Chain the compliments of the season. As the oldest sporting organisation in the villages of Radyr and Morganstown, the club is immensely proud of the part it plays in the life of the Parish. As the area expands with the new developments, the club looks forward to even more members and more visitors in the years ahead. To those who have never visited the ground might I suggest a stroll on a summer’s evening along the Taff with the river on one side and the ground on the other: is there a more attractive vista in the whole of Cardiff? Since 1890 Radyr CC has been playing the great game of cricket and introducing both boys and girls to this most sociable of clubs and I’m sure next season will be no exception.

Whilst this time of year is not really cricketing weather it is the period when the preparations for next season begin in earnest. The seeding that took place in September has now taken hold and both pitches have a verdant look which augurs well for 2021. The next task will be the first cut, an almost reverential moment, which sets the tone for how the ground will look for the next twelve months. The machines have been serviced, the captains chosen, the fixtures studied and suddenly the excitement starts to build: cricket is just around the corner.

The works in and around the club are proceeding and each day there are visible changes. The pavilion extension should be finished in January, which will be a minor triumph given all the obstacles the club has had to face. The front of the pavilion has been repainted and the rear elevations will get their turn in the Spring. A new patio adjoining the pavilion will be laid for the use of the players, their families and visitors and it should be a wonderful place from which to watch cricket. The management of the ground’s natural resources never stops, with another large tree falling courtesy this time of Storm Barbara, whilst the bushes and hedges are always in need of a trim. The result of all this work and especially the maintenance required to the trees, has left a large amount of logs lying around the periphery of the ground. As has been said to a number of people who have contacted either myself or other members, the logs can be taken though a minor contribution to club funds would be gratefully received.

The enthusiasm for the game and the club should never be underestimated and this year could well see the first ever net session on Christmas Day. The three lane nets were given a makeover following February’s flood, with the works helped by a significant donation and it would be a fitting testament to a challenging 2020 if the weather allowed the fun to proceed. Who knows, Santa, leg before wicket to an Elf, might make an interesting photograph for the next edition? Interestingly a number of years ago a member of the club actually suggested a game on Christmas Day only to be extremely miffed when no opposition could be found.

As it has been a difficult year for everyone and we all need a bit of cheering up I thought it would be fun if the club ran a Christmas competition. The two prizes will be Radyr CC tops, similar to that shown in the photograph. The wonderful shirts are sponsored by the estate agents Michael Graham Young and their support is greatly appreciated. The competition will be incredibly simple, open to members and non members, boys and girls, men and women. There will be three questions and the answers, along with the name of the entrant plus a telephone number should be sent to christopherhitchings@btinternet.com by no later than December 31, 2020. All correct answers will be placed in a hat and the winners chosen randomly. They will be informed by telephone in the first week of January.

The three questions are:

  1. When was the club formed?
  2. How many lanes are there in the club’s net facility?
  3. What does LBW stand for?

Can I wish everybody good luck with the competition and I look forward to seeing two people walking around the village in their new top.

Once again can I wish everybody a Happy Christmas and a wonderful cricketing 2021 from Radyr CC.

Christopher Hitchings

Radyr Cricket Club – Chairman