Radyr Chain – October Article

The season at Radyr ended with an amazing Awards Ceremony held on the outfield in front of the pavilion. The photograph shows the fantastic numbers who attended and enjoyed a long evening. It was without doubt the best and most well attended of these ceremonies we’ve ever organised and showed the diverse nature of the membership of the club. It was wonderful to see members as young as seven years of age receiving their prizes and the sheer joy on their faces and of their parents will live long in the memory. The barbecue and bar did a roaring trade and it was a celebration of everything that is good, in this most sociable of cricket clubs. 

The season was one of consolidation after the major triumphs of 2019, the last full season pre Covid. The Fourth XI were the most successful senior team and achieved promotion on the last day of the season. The captain and his players justifiably celebrated long and hard, in a side combining the youngest and oldest of the club’s players. They will be extremely competitive in the higher division in 2022 and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if more success followed.

It was also a season of firsts as the club embarked on a Fifth XI and at long last the Womens XI. The former was incredibly successful and gave great enjoyment to those players, again young and old, who played throughout the season. The only drawback was that their home games had to be played away from Radyr due to pitch constraints. It is something the club needs to urgently remedy and alternatives are being sought. Unfortunately cricket pitches are not ten a penny in Radyr or Morganstown but the search continues. With regards the Womens side this was more successful than the club could have imagined. In the end they finished third in the South West Womens Cricket League, the top level of women’s cricket in this area. The photograph shows the team after their game at Bath, who are one of the power houses of both male and female recreational cricket. I have no doubt that this section of the club will go from strength to strength and their fun attitude has made the clubhouse a great place to be on Saturday evenings.

The Awards Ceremony also showed off the wonderful facilities that the club enjoys. I think it is unlikely that many clubs in South Wales enjoy conjoined grounds of such quality with changing rooms to match. The sadness was of course that due to Covid restrictions it was only in the last few weeks of the season that these could be used: in fact the cricket tea, that institution of the recreational game, did not reappear until the last game of the season. The off season will see a number of areas improved, a few walls repainted and fences upgraded. The grounds have already had there annual weed and feed and throughout September and October works will conclude on tidying up the squares in preparation for 2022. Truly work never ceases at Radyr Cricket Club.

So whilst I take a few weeks to get my breath back, planning for next year begins in earnest in November. Firstly the AGM will make the decisions that set the club’s path towards 2022: this is quickly followed by the League’s version, when all the playing conditions are agreed. Indoor nets will follow on shortly thereafter and some of the members will play the indoor variety of the game. Then the big moment, the arrival of the fixtures before the year end and the thought that cricket is once again just around the corner.

It only remains for me to thank our shirt sponsors, Michael Graham Young for their support, the Community Council for all their kindness and the residents of Radyr and Morganstown who always help the club enormously. Should anyone wish to become part of Radyr Cricket Club, in any capacity, at any age, either boy or girl, from player to groundsman, from sponsor to scorer, please do not hesitate to contact me on christopherhitchings@btinternet.comand I can assure you, you won’t regret it.

Christopher Hitchings – Chairman