Why Pentyrch Cricket Club
Pentyrch Cricket Club
Pentyrch Cricket Club is part of the Pentyrch Sports Association, which includes the rugby club, the football club, the tennis club and the bowls club.
As well as being a social hub for the community, we strive to offer an excellent cricketing facility for players of all ages and abilities and supporters to enjoy.
We have 2 senior teams on a Saturday, 2 senior teams on a Sunday; a womens softball team; we have junior teams at all ages from under 9 through to under 17; we also run successful All Stars and Dynamos sessions for 5 to 8 year olds.
Why Sponsor us
As a self-financing club, Pentyrch Cricket Club rely upon the generosity of local individuals and businesses to provide funding; and also the social events that we hold throughout the year. We are striving to become bigger and better all the time and without these contributions the club would not be able to plan for the future.
As the ground is in use 12 months of the year and is a hub for the community, exposure is at the maximum; as advertising in and around the ground would be seen by a wide demographic every day, year-round and not just on match days.
In the last year the club have invested heavily in our facilities:
We have a new state-of-the-art two lane net facility with help from Cricket Wales.
We have built an sheltered BBQ hut to go in our garden area.
We have built a new mobile electronic scoreboard, and upgraded our current scorers hut.
We have built a new food preparation hut and have sent our helpers on food hygiene courses.
The Sports Association puts on a huge festival in May when the local community come to the ground to experience everything from batting in the bowling machine to jumping around on a bouncy castle.
We also host an annual live band night, an end of season cricket tour and a junior sleep over at our ground!
We are also a host ground for Cricket East Wales, and have hosted games for Wales and MCC in the last few years.
Our junior numbers are building year on year; this season we are starting a girls team and a womens team. In the future, we would like to upgrade our pavilion further, create a 3rd XI on a Saturday, expand the number of junior teams and help our firsts get into the top division.
Written records of the game in Pentyrch are sparse but many a good tale has been captured by the strong local oral tradition. There is no doubt that Cricket enriched life in this rural backwater to a remarkable extent; the sheer poetry of the game appealed to the people and over the years, batsmen, bowlers and even unreliable scorekeepers, won for themselves proud positions in the collective local memory. Both in triumphant times and in those periods when cricketing fortunes faded almost into farce, the game spawned a rich roll-call of colourful characters.
Formalised cricket in Pentyrch began in the 1880's with schoolmaster Morgan Thomas and In 1883 Pentyrch Cricket Club was born, with one English vistor reported to have remarked: 'I confess I had never thought it possible that the leather could be struck with such accuracy outside the shires of England!!'
From humble beginnings in 1883, Pentyrch has come on leaps and bounds, particularly within the last 20 years, when we climbed the leagues and won the championship at the first attempt in 2001. The ground at Parc y Dwrlyn has been extensively improved over the years to meet the strict regulations of the league, while the clubhouse has been extended to accommodate our needs on several occasions.
In 1993, our cricket square was awarded a Sunday League game between Glamorgan and Northamptonshire, where we famously witnessed our very own Matthew Maynard facing up to a Curtly Ambrose steaming in from the sea end!! A sight unimaginable from where we began.