On Sunday 15th May we were very proud of an U13s squad who made a special journey to Aberdare to try their luck at becoming the winning team who would go on to represent Wales in the U13s ECB cup. The squad included Alex Griffiths, Alfie Rogers, Archie Clegg (captain), Cian Morgan, Dan Jewitt, Jack Jones, Jake Wakeling, Jamie Brind, Jamie McNamara, Jordan Bolderson, Sophie Thomas and Taylor Burns.
Our first game was against Newport they made 74 for 2 off 15 overs, Taylor Burns took both wickets. We made 65 for 7 so had to win our next game to be in with a chance of going through to the final.
After lunch we faced Pontardulais in a must win game which we achieved – we made 98 off our 15 overs with great batting from Sophie Thomas who retired 33 not out, Pontardulais made 64 for 4. Taylor Burns took 2 of the wickets.
Next came what can only be described as an excruciating wait as we waited to learn our fate. As each team in the group had won one lost one the decision as to who had made the final came down to a very complex points system which thankfully Jon ‘Statto’ Griffiths understood! Initially we were told we weren’t through but luckily Jon intervened and asked for a recount! To the delight of the team and the Radyr U13 Barmy Army we had made it to the final.
So with the Barmy Army refuelled from eating the left over players teas Radyr took to the field to try their luck against Lisvane, a team who we know well from our regular league fixtures over the years. We batted first and made 83 for 4 off 15, Sophie Thomas 26 and Archie Clegg 24. Unfortunately as we all know all good things must come to an end and for us this came when Lisvane won the game with one over to spare.
Although we were sorely disappointed the team, coaches and travelling supporters all enjoyed a great day watching some wonderful cricket played by teams from Mumbles, Lisvane, Pontardulais, St Fagans, Newport and ourselves. A special mention must be made to Aberdare Cricket Club who provided 1st class hospitality to us all and did themselves proud.