The South Wales Junior Cricket League
Producing Test and County Cricketers since 1973
Affiliated to: Cricket Wales
Site last updated on: 18 May 2016 21:40:12 +0100 .
A Brief History
The South Wales Junior Cricket League was formed following a discussion between 9 local cricket enthusiasts during the winter of 1972. The Llangennech Cricket Club took the initiative and called a meeting at the Llangennech Rugby and Cricket Club for Tuesday 23rd January 1973. Six clubs were represented at the historic meeting, Brinley John and Colin Roberts (Llangennech), Edgar Andrews and former Glamorgan and England pace bowler Jeff Jones (Dafen), Haydn Beynon and Ieuan Williams (Pontarddulais), John Davies (Ystalyfera), Peter Matthews (Gowerton) and David Halsall (Hendy).
Officials elected were: John Davies (Chairman), Haydn Beynon (Vice-Chairman), Colin Roberts (Secretary), Brinley John (Treasurer), and D. R. John (Auditor).
Brinley John has continued as Treasurer ever since and he was made the first life-member of the league at the 21st Anniversary Dinner in March 1993 when the late Lord Cowdrey was the guest speaker. Since then Clive Thomas, Ieuan Hughes, Assistant Secretary, and Bill Edwards, President, have also been made life members. Clive Thomas, who took over as Secretary in 1975 stood down at the AGM in 2005 after 31 years in the post.
Initially the league was made up of 8 teams, with Llanelli and Gorseinon joining the other 6, playing each other in the Under 16 age group. Over the years the League has expanded to become one of the largest in the country and now caters for the needs of young cricketers from the age of 11 through to 16 by way of League and Cup Competitions. During the early 1990's the league operated a registration system where all players had to be registered and at it's height there were over 2000 players on the database.
There are currently 39 registered member clubs with some of the clubs entering teams in the competitions at all age groups, while others only enter a team in one competition. The 2005 season saw the Gowerton Cricket Club enter two teams in both the Under 11's Cup Competition and the Under 12's, 14's and 16's Leagues. Carmarthen Wanderers entered 2 teams in the Under 11's Cup Competition, and Port Talbot Town 2 teams in the Under 12's League. The league stretches from Aberdare, Maesteg and Bridgend in Mid Glamorgan to Carmarthen, Bronwydd and Llandysul in West Wales. Llandysul joined the league for the 2005 season and Bridgend will join in 2006.
Since it's formation the league has acted as a feeder league for Glamorgan County Cricket Club, and the Wales Minor Counties XI. Among the players who have gone on to represent the County are Steve Watkin, Steve Barwick, Robert Croft, Darren Thomas, Andrew Davies, Adrian Shaw, Simon Jones, Wayne Law, Richard Grant, Alun Evans, Stuart Phelps, Mark N Davies, John Derrick and James Harris. Some have also gone on to play for other counties, Greg Thomas (Northants), David Hemp (Warwickshire), Anthony Cottey (Sussex) Mark Davies (Gloucestershire) and Steffan Jones (Somerset).
Greg Thomas, Steve Watkin, Robert Croft and Simon Jones have gone on to represent England while Darren Thomas and David Hemp have toured with the 'A' side while Adrian Shaw and James Harris have represented England at Under 19's level. Hannah Lloyd, daughter of former Glamorgan skipper Barry Lloyd, played in the League in the early 1990's and in 2001 went on to make her debut for the England Ladies test side. She was also selected to tour India with the senior squad during the winter but a change in the itinerary meant she had to withdraw due to exam commitments. Many other players, too many to mention here, have represented the county 2nd XI, Under 19's and Under 17's as well as Wales Minor Counties and the Welsh Junior XI's. The latest member to join the elite band of players to be selected to represent England was Stephanie Davies of Aberdare C.C. who toured Australia during January 2003 winter with the Under 19's ladies squad. It is a fine achievement as Stephanie was a member of the Aberdare C.C. Under 14's side that season. She flew out to Australia on Boxing day and the ladies squad featured in a one day competition where they finished third, with only the rules of the competition denying them a place in the final. Stephanie has since progressed and represented the England Under 21 ladies team and in January 2008 will depart on a tour of Australia and New Zealand with the England senior Ladies team.
On the 1st January 1998 the league embarked on their first overseas tour which was to Australia and coincided with the 25th Anniversary of the league. During the tour, matches were played in Sydney, Newcastle, Gloucester, Gosford, Ballarat and Melbourne. The tour ended with the tour party attending the first Day/Night final between Australia and South Africa at Melbourne Cricket Ground before flying home the following day. To see details of the tour click here.
In February 2009 the league took a squad of Under 17's to the beautiful Caribbean Island of Barbados for 14 days. Although we lost every game all the boys thoroughly enjoyed the experience. One Bajan who played against us is Jason Holder, and he is a name to watch out for in future West Indies touring parties. A week after scoring a hundred against us he was lining up for the Barbados Cricket Board Presidents XI against the full England touring side and he scored a half-century and took 2 wickets in the match.The league has sent a squad of players at the Under 14's age group to the Lords Indoor School for a day's coaching each summer, and in 2011 the trip went ahead in May at the same time as Glamorgan were taking on Middlesex on the hallowed turf. Starring for Glamorgan that day was James Harris who just a few years ago was playing for Pontarddulais in this league. Following the coaching the boys were given a guided tour of Lords' and then had a chance to watch the county championship match which was taking place at the time.
Following on from the Finals Week held at the Pontarddulais Cricket club's ground each August, the league held a presentation evening at the Kalsonic Kansei Sports & Social Club, Felinfoel, Llanelli, in September of each year when around 350 people attended. It was decided to do away with this event after the 2007 one due to difficulties in finding guest speakers
We produce a yearly handbook for clubs, which includes league rules, tables, fixtures, averages, club contacts, photographs and adverts from League Sponsors. Copies can be purchased from the treasurer at a cost of £1.50 a copy plus 50p p&p.
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