Pontblyddyn C.C. is one of, if not the, oldest cricket club in Wales with records dating back to the mid 1800’s. In a beautiful setting on the Hartsheath Estate, with rivers flowing on 3 sides of the ground it has been commented upon by many that it is one of the most picturesque grounds in Great Britain and possibly unique in so much as Sir Garfield Sobers on a visit stated that it was the only ground in the world where he had to cross a river bridge to reach the field of play.
Our first, second and third eleven teams all play in the North Wales Cricket League, the 1st XI in the Premier league, the 2nd XI in Division 2 and our 3rd XI team introduces young players on the verge of senior cricket to the longer format of the senior game. Our 3rd XI have been the 3rd XI Sunday League Champions for the last two seasons – good luck for 2015.
We are proud of our junior section, we have successful teams at under 9, 11, 13, and under 15 levels that compete in the NEWJCD leagues and CBW national competitions. The 2015 season also sees the introduction of an under 18 team (jointly with Brymbo CC) that will play in the Mid Cheshire Youth Cricket Association – West league.
Our under 15 side had a particularly successful season in 2014: NEWJC league (South) Champions, and winning the overall NEWJC title after beating the winners of the North division to go on and successfully win the North Wales Police Cup – as Champions of North Wales. They also won the Flintshire U15 Knock –Out competition and narrowly missed out on the Welsh Cup, finishing as runners –up only on run rate. (click here for Cricket Wales match report)
We are also actively encouraging girls to play and we have several playing at all age groups. Our ECB CA qualified coaches ensure the youngsters have the highest level of skills training, with coaching at indoor nets during the winter and regular weekly outdoor coaching during the season every Friday night 6.30pm to 8.00pm.
The youngsters are the future of cricket and their development is nurtured at Pontblyddyn. We look to give every youngster the opportunity to fulfill their potential and have developed good links with local schools to encourage youngsters to become involved.
So anyone interested, boys or girls please come and join us! – contact: Roger Eltham (Club Chairman) with your enquiry. e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org or Ian Hampton (junior organiser) email: email@example.com
We are a community sports club and as such welcome new members, young and old. We promote a social inclusion policy and we are always looking to encourage local groups to use our clubhouse and facilities. Please get in touch if you are interested in hiring our fully licensed club house for birthday parties, christenings, business meetings (Wi-Fi available) etc.
Touring teams are always welcome at all levels.
Enjoy your cricket.
Pontblyddyn is an Accredited Club and holds the prestigious CLUBMARK award, for which the club has to be re-Accredited every 3 years, indicating that we are a club that is well managed and organised. Details of club policies, constitution etc. are available in the members area (click here – link to members area pontblyddyncc.org.uk)
The ECB continues to work with Sport England on the pioneering club accreditation scheme 'Clubmark' to develop a vibrant and healthy club cricket infrastructure.
Cricket clubs can play a key role in the successful delivery of Building Partnerships – cricket's strategic plan for 2006-2009 - by supporting the delivery and implementation of the following programmes:
The ECB Clubmark and community cricket clubs play a central role in all of these programmes and Clubmark will provide the standards that clubs involved in these programmes will aspire to.
In addition, it is expected that clubs who achieve the ECB Clubmark will be recognised and rewarded for their hard work and commitment to club cricket in England and Wales.
By registering to work towards ECB Clubmark, clubs join a growing number of cricket clubs across England and Wales that are prioritising junior development, creating a benchmark for high quality community club cricket.
County Cricket Development Managers can help clubs through the process of achieving ECB Clubmark Accreditation.
ECB Clubmark gives clubs an opportunity to write and implement new procedures as well as acknowledge existing practices. Cricket clubs are required to present evidence and demonstrate implementation across four different themes, culminating in the production of a Club Development Plan.
The four themes are:
For more information see www.ecb.co.uk/clubmark