What is the Cricket Board of Wales?
The Cricket Board of Wales (CBW) is an umbrella body partnership comprising of the Welsh Cricket Association (WCA), Glamorgan CCC, Wales Minor Counties, Welsh Schools Cricket Association and the Sports Council for Wales (SCW).
Who Does What?
- The WCA regulates adult recreational cricket, runs the Welsh Cup, convenes the Welsh Coaching Forum and has an affiliated club membership of approximately 300. All clubs should affiliate to the WCA, all enquiries to Hon. Secretary Morley Howell 01792-873335.
- Glamorgan CCC is the professional first class club in Wales playing in the England & Wales Cricket Board County Championship with 7,000+ members and a Junior Dragons membership. Glamorgan also runs the Welsh Cricket Academy.
- Wales Minor Counties runs the Welsh team in the Minor Counties Championship.
- Welsh Schools Cricket Association runs inter schools competitions in Wales. Any interested schools need to contact Mr John Prickett 01554-832139.
- The SCW helps fund junior development projects, contact 02920 300500 for the Southeast; 01267-231124 for the Southwest and 01244-822610 for the North.
What are Our Goals?
In Wales we have two main goals:
- Retaining & expanding opportunities for young people to play cricket
- Identifying and developing talented cricketers to play for Glamorgan and England
These aims are carried out through five main objectives, which are being reviewed and proposed for 2004-2108 as:
- Opportunities for young people to play cricket
- Better cricketers
- Quality Coaching
- Good facilities
- Efficient administration of junior cricket & close relationship between the recreational game and first class cricket
- Club Members 87%
- Coaching Sessions per week 60%
- Events per week 77%
Both of these championships were set up to encourage clubs to give their young players a prestigious competition to enter and experience the thrill of playing in a huge competition. Accredited clubs and those interested in accreditation are required to enter both competitions. The competition is a tremendous way of giving young cricketers the opportunity to experience new opposition, different grounds and the challenge of trying to prove who is best!
Unfortunately, the ECB Under 13 final between Gowerton, Northop and Miskin was washed out and so a draw took place on Monday 16th July 07 to decide which club would represent Wales in the UK competition. Northop were drawn and have progressed through to the UK finals which will take place at Oakham School.
The Portman Under 15 final took place on the 18th July 2007 at Northop Hall CC. The finalists were Newport, Northop and Gowerton. Newport were the winners. Newport went on to beat Thornbury and then won the Regional Finals at Bath. On the 22nd August 07 they competed in the UK finals at Bournemouth. Newport finished as Runner-up in the Portman Building Society U15 National Club Championship congratulations to them on this achievement.