Over the past few years Radyr Cricket Club have been extremely fortunate to enjoy a club trip to Windsor Castle to play the Royal Household CC which has become an annual highlight on the fixture list.
On Friday 31st July, the club was delighted to host our friends for the first time to help celebrate our 125th Anniversary, in what was a rare designated blazer day for the visitors. It was also the end of an era at RCC with Paul Morgan playing in his final game for the club.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the Royal Household lost early wickets thanks to some tight bowling from Corden and Wakeling. The innings was rebuilt thanks to a good knock of 48 from Tom Skirrow (playing for the visitors alongside Ben and Nick O’Neil) which helped the Royal Household reach 180 declared.
RCC set out to achieve their target after tea, but quickly found themselves in trouble after a strong opening spell where they lost both openers. Scott Clode soon took the attack to the visitors and played some excellent shots in reaching 46, before falling again to the visitors opening bowler as one of his five wickets.
Paul Morgan who was applauded off the pitch at the interval during a guard of honour, walked to the wicket for one final time but was unable to prevent the visitors from bowling their hosts out despite an unbeaten 30 from Rhys Lloyd.
After the match the players and supporters enjoyed a barbeque and there was also a presentation in the marquee. The Royal Household were presented with an embroided RCC 125 shirt to celebrate the occasion, and in return they presented the hosts with a plaque, and man of the match Scott Clode a Royal Household hat. Skipper Rhys Lloyd was presented with a tie and cufflinks to mark the event. Paul Morgan was presented with a framed and signed RCC shirt.
It was another great event between the two teams and both will look forward to renewing friendships in 2016. Thank you to all who supported in making the event such a special occasion for the club.
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