Radyr Cricket Club

Community support from Barratt Homes

We are always grateful to the many supporters we have at Radyr CC and are delighted that Barratt Homes have recently joined our list of supporters. Our thanks for the wonderful gesture in donating a defibrillator plus training to the club can not be praised enough. It was presented to me and the First X1 captain at our recent end of season awards ceremony by Carl Norman and the reception from the members and especially the parents of the juniors was very moving. It is now placed on the wall in the clubhouse and I hope you understand my sentiments in wishing it never has to be used.

Many thanks once again to Barratt Homes for their generosity.

Regards
Chris Hitchings

 

2018 Award Winners

On Saturday 8th September we held our inaugural joint junior & senior awards night at Radyr CC. It was fantastic to see this event so well supported with members and their families from across the junior and senior sections in attendance. We are very grateful to you all for your support and are already looking forward to 2019.
Thanks must also go to all those who helped behind the scenes to ensure the event was a huge success and a great club evening to end the season. So to those who bought provisions, organised awards, took a turn on the BBQ, ran the bar or cleaned up afterwards – thank you!
Congratulations must go to all our award winners from 2018 who are as follows:

U9 Players of the Year – Lara Poole, William Lamb and Dan White
U9 Most Improved Players – Naomi Damsell and Oscar McMillan
U11 Player of the Year – Elen White, Sportsperson of the Year – Sam Garrod
U11 Most Improved Player Golds – Oscar Bell, Greens – Imogen Downe
U13 Batsman of the Year Golds – Rhys Couston, Greens – Dylan Davies
U13 Bowler of the Year – Ollie Sanders, Most Improved Player – Jack Warrington
U15 Golds Player of the Year – Archie Clegg, Most Improved Player – Dan Jewitt
U15 Greens Batsman of the Year – George Janas, Most Improved Player – George Harvey
Adam Shantry Award – Isaac Gould

Congratulations also to the following juniors who made their debuts playing senior cricket at Radyr in 2018 they are:
Bethany Cook, Chloe Thomas, Gwion Tyler, Isaac Gould, Jake Wakeling and James CookCongratulations to our younger players who achieved their first senior 50s in 2018
Benny Das, Taylor Burns and Dan Rogers
First senior fivefers – Alex Griffiths and Ben Thomas
1XI Player of the Year – Rhys Lloyd
2XI Player of the Year – George Duplock
3XI Player of the Year – Matt Tyler
4XI Player of the Year – Peter Sullivan
Club Person of the Year – Gwyn Morris
Young Player of the Year – Sam Hurley

Clubhouse Transformation

Earlier this year we heard the fantastic news that we had been successful in securing an ECB small grant award for £4,000 towards our kitchen refurbishment, something that regular visitors to the club will know was long overdue.

Upon hearing the wonderful news from our Cricket Wales, Area Manager, Mark White our management team started to discuss a larger project that would involve rearranging the kitchen, store room and bar. Although this was a more ambitious project and would require more funding we were keen to ensure that any work completed would complement the greater plans we have for extending and refurbishing our changing rooms and other club facilities.

Through a lot of hard work and generous offerings we were able to secure the additional funding that has allowed for the successful completion of stage one of our clubhouse transformation. The finished project has been met with continual positive comments and feedback throughout the season from our members, their families, spectators, visiting teams and officials which has been a great boost to us all and has made the hard work all worthwhile.

We are keen to now press ahead with the next phase but this will require a lot more funding something that we are continually seeking. If you are aware of any available funds we would be grateful if you could get in touch as soon as possible.

Under 15 Winners

Well done to Radyr Under 15s Greens (James Cook, Harry Prior, Dan Jewitt, Gwion Tyler, Jamie Brind, Esme Jones, Beth Cook, Rhys Couston, George Janas (captain), George Harvey and Chloe Thomas) on a great win at a rather chilly Pentrych on Sunday 9th September!

It was a thrilling final and a great game to win, with Radyr Greens coming out victorious by 3 runs.

It was a great all round team effort with everyone making a contribution, with every run scored and every piece of bowling or fielding being crucial.

However special mentions must go to James Cook who retired on 30, Rhys Couston 22 not out and Harry Prior 16 not out, taking us to a creditable total of 105.

All the bowlers performed well, especially Beth Cook and Chloe Thomas who led the way with 2 wickets each.

Pentyrch only needed 8 off 7 overs but only had 2 wickets in hand, Chloe then took a wicket and conceded a 4 to leave the crowd on tenterhooks. George Janas then delivered 5 dot balls and created a false shot with his final delivery. The ball seemed to hang in the air for ever but it finally settled in James Cook’s hands for a fantastic victory.

A new style of cricket at RCC

Last year a collection of enthusiastic mums, wives and girlfriends of club players decided to try their luck at the newly launched ECB women’s softball festivals. After just a couple of training sessions they travelled to Newbridge CC and represented Radyr in their first ever softball festival. It was an action packed afternoon and to the players amazement they found themselves playing in the final a great achievement on their debuts. Although the result didn’t go our way the players were well and truly hooked and spent the winter enticing friends and family members to give it a try.

Thanks to their efforts we were able to enter two teams into the first festival of the summer at Creigiau CC. Another wonderful afternoon was enjoyed by everyone and whilst we didn’t make it to the final we were thrilled to have recruited more players and be able to prepare for our very own festival at RCC.

On Sunday 13th May we welcomed teams from Blackwood, Creigiau and Newbridge to RCC to take part in our inaugural festival. Whilst the burgers sizzled and spectators lapped up the sunshine our two Radyr teams put on a spectacular display for the supporters and found themselves playing each other in the semi-final. As always only one team can go through to the final and on this occasion it was Radyr Revellers who faced Creigiau Chiefs (winners of the Creigiau festival). After a great effort by the team we weren’t quite strong enough to beat Creigiau Chiefs and they were crowned festival winners once again.

I think all our players will agree that these festivals are a great way to give cricket a go regardless of whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience. Above all they are a fun way to get some exercise, enjoy the outdoors, make new friends and enjoy yourselves. A whole host of festivals are planned over the summer at clubs across South Wales, if anyone would like to join us please email rethomas21@btinternet.com

One month in…

The last month has been action packed for junior cricket at the club and we are once again very close to having 150 children registered with us. Our youngest are from All Stars aged five through to those playing their final year of junior cricket at fifteen. As always it’s great to see familiar faces back with us and ready to enjoy another season of cricket but we are also delighted to welcome new players who have been attracted to the club through various routes. These include taster sessions at local primary schools, leaflet drops at Tongwynlais, Danescourt, Ysgol Pencae, Cathedral and Howells schools as well as many players who have recommended our wonderful club to their friends.

Training sessions have been running since the end of April with only a few falling victim to the weather which is always a bonus. League fixtures have been happening over the last couple of weeks and we have had our fair share of wins and losses but above all we are seeing players out having fun and enjoying the wonderful game of cricket. As well as league games our U13s and U15s have participated in the first rounds of the ECB and Welsh cup competitions. Unfortunately our U13s haven’t made it through to round two but our U15s are set to play the next round of both competitions by mid-June, good luck from us all. A group of our female players will be participating in the U13 Lady Taverners competition where they are due to face Briton Ferry on Friday 1st June.

In addition to all this we have also found time to run taster sessions with our local Rainbow and Brownies groups. The sessions have seen over fifty girls come to the club and try out cricket, we know from experience that this has been a great way to attract girls to join the club and we are delighted that this year’s sessions have again proved successful with a handful of players already signed up as a result.

As always we are indebted to all the coaches, coach support workers and age group co-ordinators who give freely of their time to make sure all of members have the opportunity to train and play games throughout the season. Here is to a flaming June filled with sunshine and cricket for all.

ECB Small grant award

We are delighted to have been recommended for an ECB small grant award. The monies will be used to enhance our kitchen that is long overdue modernisation. Our current kitchen has served us well but is no longer suitable for the growing population at our very successful cricket club. It’s facilities are in constant demand throughout the summer season and the refurbishment will mean we are able to offer a greater range of refreshments for all our members, visiting teams and spectators. This is an exciting time for the club as we begin the process of updating the clubhouse so that we are able to provide an additional revenue stream to help sustain and protect the future of Radyr CC.

We’ll be posting progress as the project gets underway – watch this space for updates.

Special thanks to Tom Cullen

A group of our junior wicket keepers were recently treated to a specialised keeping session from Tom Cullen of Glamorgan CC. This was a huge bonus for them all and we are indebted to Tom who gave his time freely and has undoubtedly inspired this group of young wicket keepers. During the session all the keepers were introduced to some new techniques that will undoubtedly help them all improve their game.

RCC Junior News

Junior news from Radyr CC

The junior section are busy preparing for the 2018 season at Radyr CC and if last year is anything to go by we should be registering around 150 children over the next few weeks.

Throughout the winter players from U11, U13 and U15 have had the opportunity to attend winter training at Radyr Comp and SWALEC indoor school thanks to support from the R&M community fund. Whilst our U9s (school years 3 & 4) will have chance to refresh their cricketing skills at sessions being held at Radyr Comp on 19th & 26th April (please email deblamb4@gmail.com to reserve your place). In addition to this over the last few weeks’ taster sessions have been held at Radyr and Bryn Deri primary schools for children in years 2, 3 and 4.

We would like to congratulate all our players who have been selected for Wales squads in 2018 it’s been our most successful year ever with sixteen children being chosen. In addition we have players from every age group at RCC selected in Cardiff & The Vale county squads this year. This is a great achievement by all the children and a great reflection of the commitment and dedication shown by all our junior coaches to help develop all children in the wonderful game of cricket.

Our junior section are able to offer cricket for children from ages 5-15 and are proud to be the only club in Cardiff to host a National Development Centre for girls in conjunction with Cricket Wales who hold weekly training sessions at the club throughout the summer. We will be entering 7 teams into the Cardiff & Vale junior league where we will play opponents from across the region, we have also entered teams into the Lady Taverners, ECB & Welsh cup competitions.

Overall we aim to develop an interest in the game for all children who become members of the club. This is achieved by a fantastic group of qualified coaches who are all volunteers and take great pride in offering boys and girls of all ages and abilities the opportunity to develop their cricketing skills. This doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner or have previous experience – everyone will be welcomed.

Our 2018 season will begin with training from Monday 30th April further details are shown below:

All Stars Cricket – Tuesday 5-6pm – please see www.ecb.co.uk for further details (5-8 year olds)

U9s – Friday 6.30-7.30pm (school years 3 and 4)

U11s – Tuesday 6.30-8pm (school years 5 and 6)

U13s – Thursday 6.30 – 8pm (school years 7 and 8)

U15s – Monday 6.30 – 8pm (school years 9 and 10)

To register please email Emma Clegg, Youth Secretary (peteemarch@hotmail.co.uk) or come along to the club from Monday 30th April at the times shown above.

We all look forward to welcoming you at Radyr Cricket Club.