When the time finally comes to write the complete history of Radyr Cricket Club, the 2019 season will surely have a chapter all of its own. This year has seen unprecedented success on and off the field and it will surely rank as one of, if not the best, years ever.
On the field there were three promotions for the club’s senior sides with the First X1 winning their division, the Under 13 and 15 girls teams proving to be the best in Wales and the Under 19s winning the T20 Welsh Cup: the first time the club has ever won a national competition. Off the field the clubhouse extension, long talked about, is finally happening thanks to many donations and grants from Cricket Wales and the Community Council.
The First X1, which is the flagship of any cricket club, led the table for most of the season, but going into the final Saturday they had slipped into second place. Whilst promotion was the ultimate goal, the players who had given so much wanted the title. Following a crushing victory, which finished at 3.30pm, it was sit and wait time. Then three hours later the news came through that our rival’s opponents had held out and Radyr, by one point (280 to 279) were champions. The joy and subsequent celebrations will live long in the memory.
The Second X1 had also led their division right until the death, but a few losses, especially one to the ultimate champions, meant second place but a well deserved promotion. This was achieved on the penultimate Saturday and was no mean feat given that the side generally consisted of eight juniors and three adults. How we managed to travel away on occasions was a mystery.
The Third X1 had a slow start in a division filled with excellent, experienced teams: the side were always competitive but not able to win those tight games. However as the season progressed they eased themselves into the season and began moving up the table. By the last Saturday they knew a victory with maximum points would see them promoted. They achieved that with the minimum of fuss with a crushing victory.
The Fourth X1 as with the other three sides were always competitive, and near the top, but a few unfortunate losses meant they ended up in a creditable mid table position. They defeated the then unbeaten champions, as well as blooding some exceptionally talented youngsters, which will hold them and the whole club in good stead for years to come.
The Radyr girls in the Under 13 and 15 age groups were just too good for Welsh opposition. In the Lady Taverners competitions they both won the local titles and subsequently flexed their muscles across teams from across the bridge. The older girls ultimately went the furthest losing in the quarter finals, having taken some significant scalps on the way. In Welsh ladies cricket Radyr is the place to be.
Then the icing on the cake: the triumph of the Under 19s who, in the semi and subsequent final, smashed their opponents from east and west Wales. The twelve lads on display were a credit to the club, showing huge commitment, massive talent and a desire to win. They are the future of the club and amazingly the vast majority are available for next year’s competition. If you wish to see their moment of triumph just pop onto Twitter and look for@radyrcc.
The season continues in one way and that is in the building works for the extension to the pavilion. This will provide new changing facilities for players and officials, it will enhance what the club can offer its members and will be a fitting tribute to a fantastic season.
Christopher Hitchings – Chairman
Radyr Cricket Club