It’s been a busy week on and off the pitch at the club with two completed games and more important milestones with regards the extension and the flood alleviation works.
The cricket week kicked off on Wednesday with a T20 game at Whitchurch Heath with Radyr winning by 65 runs. Radyr batted first and scored 150-9, despite what Play Cricket says. The main protagonists were Dan Rogers who retired on 50 and Archie Clegg with 44. Whitchurch Heath were restricted to 94-9 in their 20 overs. The wickets were spread around with 2 apiece for Jo Jones, Rhys Mander and Chris Van Os. There was also a notable debut by wicket keeper, Matt Swindlehurst, with 2 stumpings.
On Saturday there were four scheduled games. Unfortunately the weather saw off three of them with only the 2nd XI game at Merthyr surviving. It did however see another victory and produce the performance of the week, as Archie Clegg scored a magnificent 96, being caught on the boundary in the last over. The total of 212-9 off 35 overs was helped by a 9th wicket partnership of 111 between Archie and the skipper, Ben Wakeling, who scored an undefeated 44. When Merthyr batted there were some big strokes early on, until Jake Wakeling took the first three wickets, he ended up with 4, as did James Cady, who opened his season with a 2 wicket maiden. Merthyr were eventually all out for 157 in the final over. A Radyr win by 55 runs.
At Radyr, cricket finally took place, well 2 overs were completed, between the 4th XI and Llantwit Fardre 2nds, before the rains came, with George Duplock and Simon Walters doing the honours. This week however will see matches galore, with the first of the inter club games taking place on the Sunday, with the four sides named after Life Vice Presidents. On Monday and Tuesday we shall see the first junior matches of the season, whilst on Wednesday an U23 side will play Miskin Manor in the first round of a T20 competition. Then to wind the week off, there are two T20 games against Creigiau and Penarth, respectively.
Next weekend there are five games, with 3 on Saturday and 2 on Sunday. The 1st XI start their truncated league season at home to Abergavenny whilst there are away games to Machen and Cardiff 4s. On Sunday there is a really exciting game at Gorseinon whilst the Mitres come to Radyr.
Off the field it is pleasing to note that the extension is now secure, with the two fob operated roller shutter doors, now in place. This will allow the doorway between the two sections to be constructed along with all the internal works that are required to complete the project. Also, anybody who was down the club over the weekend, will have seen the gravel being laid out over the surface car park to replace that lost during the flood. Thanks should go to the Morganstown quarry who supplied the stone.
Christopher Hitchings – Chairman
July 26, 2020