The Cricket Season
by Steven Roberts (6A Science)
The season was once again disrupted by the weather, with the school team only playing five matches — winning 2 and losing 3.
The season opened with the annual match against the staff. The staff, led by Mr. M.T. Davies, were in a determined mood to avenge last year`s defeat. This they did, mainly due to some ferocious bowling from Mr. Ray Williams, who took 4 wickets. I must also mention Mr. Geoff Kerley, whose variety of off breaks and googleys, left the batsmen bewildered.
The second match was in the Bank Cup against St. Ilan of Caerphilly. The school won the match by 72 runs, thanks to some fine bowling from Andrew Loyns and Mike Welford.
The third match was against St, Martin`s of Caerphilly. Aberdare batted first and only managed to score 70 runs. However, Aberdare won the match with A. Fussel and A. Loyns each taking 3 wickets.
The fourth match was in the second round of the Bank Cup, against Hawthorn School. Aberdare batted first on a very damp wicket, and scored 61 runs. The Hawthorn innings was interrupted by rain; however, they won the match because they had a faster scoring rate.
Our final match was against Tonyrefail. Aberdare fielding a depleted team managed to keep the Tonyrefail score down to 72 runs, with A. Loyns and Huw Williams bowling throughout the innings.
The inexperienced Aberdare batsmen did extremely well in scoring 50 runs; however, the performance was not quite good enough to win the match.
Finally, I would like to thank Mr. M.T. Davies for all the hard work he has put in throughout the season and I would also like to thank all the boys who turned up regularly for net practice — all three of them!
It is possibly a hard task to explain to those not fully acquainted with the sport of cricket the importance of it`s long tradition and place in the English psyche. Village and school cricket has a peculiarly English ethos of if you lose, make damn sure you not only played to the best of your ability for the team, but you played within the spirit of the game. No one likes to lose, but losing well is as vital to an English village and school cricketer, as winning well. Of course, on the surface, it`s all perfectly English and highly civilised, but make no mistake that people take part to at least win the occasional game, even if not at all costs. Team spirit, comrades in arms, and one for all, and all for one are the driving forces behind the grass roots game. The only profit for a player is the honour of representing his school and village team; it`s a far cry from the monetary profit of the professional. The above piece from an end of season school bulletin seems to sum up nicely the spirit which still imbues this very English pastime; and speaking as one who played for his school team — winning and losing along the way — long may it continue.