Radyr CC 2020 Update

With the club’s truncated season at an end I thought I would write to update you on a few matters that are pertinent as we move forward towards 2021. However before that I must mention the terrible tragedy of Margaret Haines. As we all know her passing left the club stunned as she was a valued Vice President and wife to our dear friend Phil. No words from me could ever help but maybe the response of the RCC members and the South Wales cricketing family have given him some comfort in his darkest of hours.

The year of 2020 will not be easily forgotten. It started with the flood, was followed by a pandemic and seems to be ending with a resurgence of the virus. The flood seems so long ago but it was only seven months since the club was hit by the destructive power of Storm Dennis. From that fateful day the restorative work has been non stop: from the huge number of volunteers pre lockdown, to the use of the insurance funds to reseed the main ground and completely relay the second ground. I don’t recall any panic, just a determination to ensure cricket would be played at the ground as soon as possible. From the initial Emergency meeting, eight days after the flood, to today, progress is being made on a daily basis and let’s not forget, we’re not finished yet. Huge thanks must go to Peter Sullivan for his incredible feat of organisation to ensure that the ground will soon be back to its best. I don’t think he expected his first few months of retirement to be as stressful.

The extension is changing every day and should see completion by the end of this calendar year. In the last few weeks we’ve seen plasterers, carpenters, electricians and plumbers plying their trade and there will be many more. The only down side at present is the building fund is still some £8K short of its target, which means that at present the club will need to extend its borrowing to ensure completion: not an ideal situation in these uncertain times. Therefore if anyone is able to contribute to the fund please do not hesitate to speak to either Peter or myself.

It’s also exciting that courtesy of the football section the rest of the pavilion has had a bit of a make over. The umpires room has disappeared and become part of an extended changing room and new showers and toilets have been installed. Also the front walls have been painted to mirror the colour of the rendering on the extension. The metal shutters and the rear walls will get their turn in the Spring.

Over the next few weeks we’ll hopefully see the grass appearing on the two squares and on both outfields. The work done on the second ground is quite remarkable and I commend anybody who is near the club to take a look. When next season arrives we’ll be the envy of many cricket clubs. Also we’ll see the first phase of the new fences, which are being erected as a direct result of the huge number of trespassers, and which follows the line of the new pedestrian path. This will ultimately lead to more security for members and their families.

On the field the club pulled out all the stops to provide as much cricket as possible in the time available. Over fifty games were organised/played which compared with seventy five in the whole of the previous season. A huge thank you should go to Jon Wilson who pulled out all the stops to organise, firstly the nets and then secondly the fixtures. He was supported by his fellow skippers and a number of the older heads in making the cricket such fun. The highlights were the Macey Cup Zonal Final at Radyr, which drew a very large well behaved crowd, and saw some controversy, plus the win by the First XI at Croesyceiliog, where the on field celebrations at the fall of the last wicket, slightly breached, the social distancing norms!!! The Ladies finally got up and running with two games late in the season. Whilst a few new youngsters emerged out of junior cricket to make their senior debuts.

This season has from a financial viewpoint been very challenging as the club has received far less income than anticipated, while still having to meet most of its bills. I have been delighted at the response of members where virtually all have paid their full annual subscription. If you are still to pay can you please forward directly to the bank which is Nat West – Radyr Cricket Club Business Current Account, Account Number 75193191, Sort Code 53-70-30 and making clear who the deposit is from. Next season could also be difficult and it is unlikely that the club will see much income from either sponsors or the bar. However it is the intention of the Management Board to retain enough funding this year so that annual subscription levels can be protected as far as possible.

We now move to the club’s AGM and if ever a year needed such a meeting, it is 2020. Unfortunately given the current circumstances and the impossibility of hosting a socially distanced meeting, either in the pavilion or elsewhere, the MB have taken the difficult decision to delay until the new year. A Zoom meeting was considered but the idea was quickly dispensed with as it would disenfranchise those who don’t have the technology. I will write to you in December to give you an update of all matters pertaining to the club and what the situation is regarding the AGM. I have spoken to the Treasurer and it has been agreed that the accounts will be issued in November.

In conclusion can I thank everybody who played any part in the success of this strange season and please, if you can help the club in any way to make it even better, don’t hesitate to email or call anybody on the MB. Stay safe and here’s to a better 2021.

Regards.

Christopher Hitchings

Radyr Cricket Club – Chairman