It was a historic day for Radyr CC on the 28th July as the club hosted the Marylebone Cricket Club for the first time. The MCC comprised of a number of strong league players from the South Wales area as well as members from London and Essex.
As is tradition, the MCC batted first in a timed game and quickly began to build pressure on the home team with Cardiff’s Harry Bowles regularly finding the boundary after being dropped at gully on 12. Bowles took advantage of the missed opportunity by capitalising on any width or short of length balls, before falling just short of a century on 94, minutes before the lunch break. After lunch, the MCC continued to bat with Penarth’s Davies reaching his 50 before a series of wickets fell and the visitors deciding to declare their innings on 250.
That left a tricky 50 mins for RCC to bat before tea and with some assistance in the pitch; they lost a couple of wickets to excellent bowling. After tea Rhodri Lloyd looked to bring the hosts back into the game with a number of boundaries before he fell for an excellent 70. Jon Wilson and skipper Rhys Lloyd continued to move RCC back into contention with a solid partnership, however 5 wickets to the MCC’s leg spinner brought the innings to a close 50 runs short of the target.
Despite the result it was a hugely enjoyable day for both teams and the spectators who attended, with the game being played in excellent spirit. After the match a presentation took place in the marquee where an MCC plaque was presented to RCC Chairman Chris Hitchings, who in turn presented 125th anniversary memorabilia to the MCC captain.
A huge thank you to all who supported in organising such a great occasion and here’s hoping to many more such matches between the two teams in years to come.
More photo’s from the match to follow shortly.