Radyr Cricket Club

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.

Radyr Chain Article – March

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 will have chance to refresh their cricketing skills at sessions being held at Radyr Comp in April. In addition to this over the next few weeks’ taster sessions will be held at Radyr and Bryn Deri primary schools for children in years 2, 3 and 4.

If you would like to join our junior section we 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 teams into the Cardiff & Vale junior league who will opponents from across the region as well as try our luck in 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 6-7pm (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.

 

Senior winter nets

Winter nets are fast approaching! We begin on the 21st February at 8pm at the SWALEC for an hour slot taking 5 lanes.

We have provided an additional net this year with the aim of improving the quality and variation of our practice over a six week block.

This in effect gives us at least one dedicated bowling machine lane as well as a focused bowling/keeping specific drill net without impinging on our existing practice lanes. Another bonus of having the additional lane is that we can offer space for fielding practice and drills whilst still being able to offer traditional bowler batsman net set ups. Taking this a step further there is nothing to stop us opening up 4 lanes to indoor league size, playing a series of games and still having a practice net available.

Please do speak to Jonty or any of the skippers on what you feel is important about your preparation for the coming 2018 season. We have a myriad of options available, we can vary our net practice to avoid it being stale but we need the numbers in attendance to ensure the plans carry through and therefore maximise our preseason preparation and the fantastic facility available to us as a club.

Junior Registration

Junior registration will take place between 10-12 on Sunday 4th March at Radyr Guide Hall, Bryn Derwen, Radyr.

U Design our kit supplier will be attending, there will be samples of kit sizes to view and try.

Old and new players will be welcome.

We look forward to seeing you there. If you require any additional information please contact

Emma Clegg Youth Secretary at peteemarch@hotmail.co.uk