The 2016 Season will be remembered for being the 90th anniversary of the formation of the then South Wales and Monmouthshire Cricket Association, later changed to the South Wales Cricket Association. A lot of changes have taken place in the intervening years, but is still the largest provider of club Cricket in South West Wales.
The season got off to the worst possible start when Pwll C.C. withdrew from the league after the first round of matches, which was unfortunate, as it meant that clubs had blank Saturdays in their fixture list.
The A.G.M. held in December 2015 saw several changes, moving to a ladder system of 7 divisions, Divisions 1-4 playing 50 over cricket and Divisions 5-7 playing 40 overs with a straight win and variable start times. Teams could also play on artificial pitches. It is hoped that these changes will keep more youngsters playing the game.
The Weather again played its part and there were several Saturdays where matches were called off, or reduced overs matches were played. In Division 1 Tata Steel proved to be the strongest side by far and won "The Dan Radcliffe Trophy" for the fist time, and as Champions have decided to play in the Premier League for the 2017 season. Their place will be taken by Aberdare. Things were a lot closer in Division 2 with Merthyr Tydfil becoming Champions and Gorseinon getting promoted on the last Saturday of the season. Division 3 Champions were Felinfoel, with Cimla promoted. In Division 4, Tata Steel were Champions with Merthyr Tydfil promoted. In Division 5, Llanelli were Champions with Briton Ferry Steel promoted. Division 6 saw Felinfoel Champions and Gorseinon getting promoted. In Division 7, the two new teams had success with Ammanford being Champions and Mumbles getting promoted.
The weather played havoc with the Cup rounds but the "Alcwyn Jenkins Trophy" saw Maesteg worthy winners, beating 2 premier league teams in the Semi-Final and Final. In the Intermediate Cup, Felinfoel completed a notable treble by beating Mumbles in the final.
Divisional Awards went to :
Division 1, Batting Tom Merilhat (Cowbridge) 625 Runs, Bowling Nathan Ferrell (Tata Steel) 46 Wickets and W/Keeper Richard Jones (Tata Steel) 19 Dismissals.
Division 2, Batting Tom Morgan (Maesteg) 423 Runs, Bowling Connor Barry (Merthyr) 32 Wickets and W/Keeper Greg Fisher (Gorseinon) 22 Dismissals.
Division 3, Batting Andrew Phelps (Cimla) 633 Runs, Bowling Yakoob Ali (Briton Ferry Town) 31 Wickets and W/Keeper Steve Doherty (Porthcawl) 14 Dismissals.
Division 4, Batting Jack Donovan (Tata Steel) 401 Runs, Bowling Mathew Saker & Adam Jardine (Tata Steel) both 26 Wickets, W/Keeper Nathan Warlow (Neath) 21 Dismissals.
Division 5, Batting Dave Gascoyne (Cowbridge) 701 Runs, Bowling Dean Hollands (Kidwelly) & John Price (Llandarcy) both25 wickets, W/Keeper Dave Gascoyne (Cowbridge)25 Dismissals.
Division 6 Giles Hayes (Dyffryn) 346 Runs, Bowling Cairon Thomas, Wayne Williams and Steve John all (Felinfoel) 19 Wickets, W/Keeper Steve Bibby (Felinfoel) 7 Dismissals.
Division 7, Batting Rhys Jones (Ammanford) 364 runs, Richard Gullam (Margam) 16 Wickets, W/Keepers Roger Jones (Mumbles) & Nick Carruthers (Margam) 8 Dismissals.
Fair Play Trophies went to Llanelli in Division 1 and Pontyberem in Division 2.
Thomas Carroll who have been our sponsors since 2011 have decided to end their sponsorship, we thank them for their support and wish them well for the future.
We have agreed a 3 year deal with a new sponsor, Peter Lynn & Partners, Solicitors who are based in Swansea.
On the 28th of August 15 players and 12 supporters embarked on a tour to Holland, to celebrate the 90th Anniversary of the Association. We played 2 matches against Holland A in The Hague and I have to say that all those involved were a credit to their clubs and the SWCA. As a result, the Chairman's Award were presented to the following, Tour Manager Brian Jones, Tour Organiser Daniel Vaughan and the Tour Captain Steffan Davies, for all their efforts.
I have to say thank you again to Steve Jones our Secretary, John Homer our Treasurer and the other members of the management committee for all their efforts and I have to say a special thank you to Trevor Jones our Assistant Secretary for all he did during the year, despite not being in the best of health and spending a lot of time in hospital.
As the League Welfare Officer can I draw your attention to the subject of Child Welfare, with all we have seen in the news recently, I have to say to clubs, please make sure that your Club Welfare Officer is compliant with the minimum requirement, which are set out by the ECB and Cricket Wales, If you require any information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
More changes were made at the AGM in December 2016, where Division 4 will now play 40 over cricket with a straight win, Divisions 6 & 7 will now play as Divisions 6 West and 6 East, to try and cut down on the distance clubs have to travel. We have a new team join, Llanwrda, who will play in Division 6 West, Llantwit Major will field only 1 team and play in Division 5.
We were saddened to hear the news of the passing of John.D.Williams former Assistant Secretary of the Association (2000-2002), also Trevor Jones the Assistant Secretary of the Association (2003-2017).
Finally, please remember our Presentation Dinner will be held on Friday 6th October.
Neil Hobbs (Chairman)
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