Looking back on the last 12 months, I would like to start on a sad note. We lost a few people during the year who have had a long involvement with the South Wales Cricket Association. In January we lost Mr, Trevor Jones (Assistant Secretary) who had served in the post for 12 years, he will be sadly missed, but Mr, Scott Wilks put his name forward for the position, and at short notice took on the post and did an outstanding job in his first year. We also lost former Assistant Secretary J.D.Williams in January. Then in August we were given the sad news of the passing of our President Mr, John MacLean who served in the post for 30 years. John was a true gentleman and in the 91 years of the Association, we have only had 5 Presidents, so we had no idea what the criteria for selecting a President was and after a lot of deliberating we decided to appoint Robert Croft MBE who has had a long playing history within the Association, his Father and Grandfather played for Hendy in the Association and his son has now started playing for Gorseinon.
The weather in the early part of the season was great, we had a dry April, but as we got to July the rain played havoc with the rest of the Season.
Llanelli won the “Dan Radcliffe Trophy” for the first time since 1967, they will next season be playing in the South Wales Premier League Division 2, good luck to them. Division 2 was won by Maesteg Celtic with Swansea Civil Service promoted, Division 3 went to Briton Ferry Town with Baglan promoted, Division 4 Champions were Bronwydd, Division 5 winners were Gorseinon with Kidwelly Promoted in Division 6 (East) Mumbles were champions, Llanwrda were champions of Division 6 (West) in their first season in the Association.
Gorseinon hosted the Cup Finals day, and we even had some sunshine, and it was nice to see a good crowd turn up to enjoy the cricket, in the intermediate Cup Dafen 2nd X1 beat Briton Ferry Town and in an exciting low scoring Senior Cup Final Carmarthen Wanderers beat Ynysygerwn. I have to thank Peter Lynn of our Sponsors for his attendance, to present the trophies.
Divisional Awards went to: Division 1 Batting Ben Wright (Cowbridge) 847 runs, Bowling David Dunfee (Dafen) 42 wickets and W / Keeper Greg Fisher (Gorseinon) for 19 dismissals. Division 2 Batting Nick Poole (Maesteg Celtic) 559 runs, Bowling Dan Hardman (Swansea Civil Service) 29 wickets and W / Keepers Michael Lambert (Maesteg) & Nathan Warlow (Cimla) 15 dismissals. Division 3 Batting Jay Copp (Landore) 815 Runs, Yakoob Ali (Briton Ferry Town) 31 wickets and W / Keeper Keith Davies (Landore) 16 dismissals. Division 4 Batting John Lewis (Dyffryn) 385 runs, Bowling Gethin Francis (Bronwydd) 29 wickets and W / Keeper Paul Rowland (Dyffryn) 13 Dismissals
Division 5 Batting, Dave Gascoyne (Cowbridge) 876 runs Bowling Ian Evans (Cowbridge) 25 wickets and W / Keeper Dave Gascoyne 21 dismissals. Division 6 (East) Batting Tony Dowrick (Mumbles) 359 runs, Bowling Alex Protheroe (Mumbles) 19 wickets and W/Keeper Libby Thomas (Morriston) 9 dismissals. Division 6 (West) Batting Adrian Davies (Llanwrda) 717 runs, Bowling Sion Nicholas (Llanwrda) 38 Wickets and Carolyn Jones (Llanwrda) 15 dismissals.
Fair Play trophies went to Dafen in Division 1 and to Cimla in Division 2.
We played 3 representative matches against Pembrokeshire home and away and also Ynysygerwn to celebrate their 170th Anniversary, the other matches planned were called off due to bad weather, I would like to thank Brian Jones (Team Manager) and his players for giving up their valuable time to represent the Association.
We had an initiative to increase the number of umpires in the Association during the season, for every new umpire provided, a club would be given 1 point for every game they umpired, this resulted in 6 new umpires coming forward.
Several clubs signed up for the ECB all stars programme, in Wales 2,300 children at 94 locations came forward.
I have again to thank the following Steve Jones our hard working Secretary, his Assistant Scott Wilks, John Homer our Treasurer, and all the members of the Management Committee who put in a lot of time and effort on behalf of the Association, thank you one and all.
At the December AGM a few changes were made, Matches in Divisions 1-3 will now be 50 overs a side with Duckwoth Lewis Stern used in the event of bad weather. Premier League Teams will not take part in the Knock Out Cup. There is also a return to Divisions 6 and 7. Clydach 3rd X1 will be playing in the Association.Do not forget, our Presentation Dinners is held on Friday 4th October.
Neil Hobbs (Chairman)
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