Farewell to Rhewl Cricket Club – you will not be forgotten

Rhewl line up in 2019. Dyfan Parry is third from left, back row

Such sad news – Rhewl Cricket Club have folded.

The North Wales Cricket League Division Four side have called it a day after continual struggles to fulfill fixtures.

Club secretary Dyfan Parry released the following statement: “It is with regret that I announce the formal winding up of Rhewl Cricket Club.

“Following a members’ majority vote in favour of winding up, the decision has been taken to fold the club with immediate effect.

“We thank all players and volunteers, past and present, for their dedication, effort and support over the years.

“With this announcement, the Rhewl Cricket Club name will formally be relinquished to the Rhewl community council with the hope that a team can be raised in the home community in the future.”

The last five years had been troubled ones for Rhewl.

Having already been rocked by the departure of many key players who went on to play at a higher level, the club then lost its home of more than 20 years, Ruthin School, in 2018.

Thankfully, Corwen Cricket Club offered Rhewl a temporary home before a move to Bersham CC near Wrexham ensued.

However, with the club not based in its own community, attracting players was difficult and from 2016 onwards the villagers continually placed near the bottom of their respective divisions.

This summer had been no exception, some decent performances mixed in with several cancellations due to being unable to raise a side. They were near the Division Four basement before folding and their record expunged.

Happier Times

A Rhewl shirt from 2019

However, Rhewl Cricket Club has enjoyed many high points in their proud existence.

They actually played in the village, based between Denbigh and Ruthin, sharing the field with the Summer League football team for many years before moving to Ruthin School as part of expansion plans.

The 1980’s were a good period for the club as they were crowned North Wales League Division Four champions in 1983 and followed up by lifting the Division Three title the following year.

At one stage, they played in Division Two and had a brief spell in Division One, fine players like the late George Lebeau, Keith Hesketh, Paul Docking and Dilwyn Hughes standing out.

There was also excellent Aussie all-rounder Bryan Brown, the Vale of Clwyd’s answer to Merv Hughes, and Huey Lewis-Jones, a librarian and a very steady player.

When Rhewl enjoyed their first win of the season in 2019, and Huey made 39 not out, I was able to use the much-awaited headline “HUEY LEWIS MAKES THE NEWS” on this website (put my Heart and Soul into that one).

Another fine spell for the club came in 2000 and 2001, where they won the Division Five and Division Four titles back-to-back.

In 2000, run accumulator Jon Eccles and Chris Campbell, a spinner specialising in Chinamen deliveries, won their divisional batting and bowling awards.

And in 2005, the great Dilwyn Hughes won the League Bowling Award for taking 8-9 for Rhewl seconds against Ruthin seconds (of all opponents!).

Nigel Morewood, Gareth Morewood, David Bell and Rob Eccles were other superb Rhewl players who spring to mind.

Apologies if any of my recollections in this article are off the mark. I’m always delighted to correct things.

Secretary Dyfan Parry, who made the heartbreaking announcement about the club folding this week, did his level best in tough times, along with a few other stalwarts, to keep the club going. He also kept the spirits up with some humourous posts on social media about the team.

Rhewl CC will be missed. A really good history, a very friendly club, and despite the sad end it will be the good times that live on the most.

Final words from Dyfan: “Hopefully by giving the name back to the community someone will start it up again one day,”

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