Once again it was four out of five wins for the club’s Saturday’s league teams. This week the party poopers were Miskin Manor 2nd XI who beat the Seconds by just one wicket off the penultimate ball: the game however was a belter with 484 runs shared between the sides. Rod Lloyd with 77 and Iwan Llewelyn 71 no, were the best of the batters whilst the pick of the bowlers was the skipper, Ben Wakeling with 4-27.
The First XI got their third win out of four by beating Blackwood at Radyr by 90 runs. Winning the toss and batting, RCC reached 256-8, with Archie Clegg 63, Tomos Morris 56 and a destructive 45 no from Tom Shrewsbury in 26 balls, being the main stay of the innings. Replying Blackwood reached 97-1 before losing wickets at regular intervals to end on 166-10. The wickets were spread out with Rod Lewis, Rhydian Morgan, Alfie Rogers and Rhys Lloyd taking two each.
In the Fourth Division the Third XI visited Abercynon to play their First XI, usually a daunting prospect. Well not so this time, as RCC recorded a 7 wicket win with almost 5 overs remaining. Winning the toss RCC decided to field first and restricted the hosts to 204-6 off their 40 overs. The star of the show was Matt Tyler who took 4-26, including a hat trick. He then put his pads on and opened the innings with Pete Clegg who scored a fantastic 113, being out with only 4 required to win. Pete was assisted by Will Jones with a well struck 40.
The Fourth XI continued their good form with a home win by 123 runs. Winning the toss and batting, RCC reached an impressive 207-6, with Gwion Tyler for the second Saturday running carrying his bat and scoring an unbeaten hundred: this time it was 133 no. A wonderful effort from a 15 year old, who got the call up for the First XI’s Welsh Cup match the following day. When taking the field Dinas Powys were never in the hunt, once their opener was dismissed by Evan Rhys, who went on to have figures of 3-1 off 6 overs with 5 maidens. The rest of the bowlers chipped in with the pick being George Pickering with 3-12.
Another brilliant performance by the Fifth XI saw them triumph by 36 runs. After losing the toss they scored 225-8, with Jamie Morgan scoring 97 in his first innings since August 2019. A belligerent 27 from Saffan Arian, which included 26 in boundaries, helped the side to such a formidable total. Vale CC opened with an 84 run partnership which was ended by Zachery Lewis, who took 3-16. Despite an unbeaten 6th wicket partnership of 42, the side were comfortable winners.
On Sunday the First XI played their re-arranged first round Welsh Cup tie at home to Upper Rhondda CC and won by 8 wickets. The visitors won the toss and batted but were dismissed for 75 in 14 overs. The wickets were shared around with 3 apiece for Gwion Tyler, on his debut, and Tom Wilbraham, with a hat trick to finish off the innings. RCC responded with 77-2 off 10.5 overs with Ben O’ Neil unbeaten on 32. It’s now off to Creigiau for the next round at the end of June.
Last but not least was a wonderful 8 wickets win for the Radyr Womens team away at Devizes. The hosts won the toss and posted 161-6 off their 40 overs, with Anna Stephenson’s 2-8 being the pick of the bowlers. When RCC replied, Mari Friss 41, Bethan Gammon 37 no and Lydia Clements 34 no took the side home, with a score of 162-2, with almost 7 overs to spare.