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History | Lisvane Cricket Club
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History

Stats record 2011: Batting & Fielding; Bowling; Midweek.

Stats record 1978-2011: Batting; Bowling; Fielding; Top Aggregates (bat & bowl); Highest Partnerships & 100s; Bowling Honours.

For complete per-team weekend and midweek stats (2011) or any other historical records, please contact the club.

Origins:
During 1955 Tim Mathias cameoed in a Clifton College Preparatory School Masters cricket team, on a tour of Somerset villages. During this tour, their unusual tradition of bowling two of the twenty overs as underarm lobs, had earned them the sobriquet of “The Lobsters”. Some 15 years later, having returned to live in Cardiff, Tim, by chance bumped into one of the “lobsters” in a Clifton pub, and over a few beers, a fixture between a Lisvane side and The Lobsters was proposed.

On 18th July 1970, the first itinerant Lisvane XI beat The Lobsters by 3 runs. This single fixture continued for 8 seasons, and on the last 2 occasions, in a bid to strengthen the side, William (Bill) Rickets was co-opted by Tim into the team. Despite an inauspicious debut for Bill, scoring 0 in his first match and did not bat – match abandoned due to rain in his second, the seeds were sown. The team sheltering in the Griffin Inn on the way home, resolved that a permanent Lisvane Cricket Club be formed. Bill at that time being fixture secretary of Radyr Cricket Club, calmly substituted “Lisvane” for “Radyr”, in the schedules, and a full season of away matches were played. In deference to the origins of the club, (so the story is told), the first Lisvane caps, and Sun hats were of lobster pink.

By the early 1980s a full fixture list of weekend (Saturday and Sunday) matches was secured. Home matches were limited by the lack of a home ground and the majority of games involved traveling to play often distant opposition.

Links were established with Cardiff University and the University Playing Fields at Llanrumney were used as a home ground for a small number of home matches each season, together with Cardiff Parks pitches at Caedelyn, Blackweir and Pontcanna.

The 1990s growth of league cricket in South Wales made the task of maintaining a full fixture list difficult and the Club continued to be hampered by the lack of its own ground. Confident of the playing abilities of Club Members, Lisvane CC first entered midweek league competition in 1993, winning the new Vale of Glamorgan league in its first two seasons.

In 1995 the Club extended its league presence by entering the Thomas Carroll Midweek League. In both leagues, Cardiff YMCA’s ground at St Mellons was hired for home games.

Success in midweek league cricket, coupled with burgeoning interest from the local community, led, in 1998, to the Club entering Division 5 of the two-side Glamorgan and Gwent Cricket Conference. Four seasons and a couple of league titles later, the Club found itself competing in Division 1 of the renamed Welsh Club Cricket Conference. An agreement on an annual basis with Cardiff University has secured the use of the University Playing Fields at Llanrumney for Saturday league fixtures.

In the late Summer of 2002 Lisvane CC were approached by the Whiteheads Bassaleg CC with a view to merging forces. Benefiting from enhanced playing numbers and a home ground in Bassaleg, the newly-formed “Lisvane Whiteheads Cricket Club” played its first matches in the Summer of 2003. With sides in the top two Divisions of the Conference, the first season saw consolidation, with all four Saturday League sides retaining their divisional positions without really threatening promotion. The First XI reached the final of the League Cup, losing narrowly to Abertillery. The Newport Midweek League side won their Division and promotion at the first attempt.

The Summer of 2003 also saw huge growth in the activities of the fledgling Youth Section, with sides fielded at Under-13, Under-11 and Under-9 levels

Updates since 2003:
2004; 2005; 2006; 2007; 2008; 2009; 2010; 2011; 2012.

See also Lisvane CC’s historical Honours Board and its history of Club Captains.