Llanrhian Cricket Club 'Select X1'

Fraser Watson
 

‘The Cows’ are still going strong at Llandigige Fawr!

 

Llanrhian’s First XI began the 21st century in Division Four, but a steady rise saw them reach the top flight in 2013 – where they would spend four successive seasons. 

Now the Cows are back in Division Threebut have tasted success of late with back to back successes in the Alan Brown Cup. 

Here, Fraser Watson has put together an XI for www.pembrokeshiresport.co.uk, plus three other players, that could potentially represent the club’s strongest line-up since 2000. 


Gareth Davies 



 
Gareth Davies 
 
A left handed opener who scored numerous centuries for the club, and our top run scorer the season we won Division Two in 2012. Also a very good spinner who could use variations and take key wickets. Left for Haverfordwest in 2016 but only played a season there. Retired too early.
 












Jack Jones 
 
One of the club’s most consistent performers over the last decade and beyond. Technically sound and able to move through the gears when batting – and can bowl spin or seam. Another who was crucial to the club reaching the top flight and a multiple winner of the club’s ‘Player of the Year’ award. Good for the social side too.







Chris Cousens 
 
Chris Cousens 
 
A classy No 3 who could also double up as an opening bowler. Has a Division Two century to his name and one of the most technically gifted players the club has ever had. Has returned sporadically over the years since moving away and always fits back in seamlessly when he plays.

Richard Reed 

 
Richard Reed 
 
Current club captain who in 2019, finally ended the club’s long wait to win a domestic cup competition by lifting the Alan Brown – which we would retain the following season. Was another regular in the side that won promotion from Division Two in 2012 and prior to that, had skippered the second team to a league title as well. Four club centuries to his name and an accomplished wicket keeper to boot.






Geraint Morris
 
Geraint Morris (capt) 
Was only a teenager when he first notched a ton for the first team. When in the groove as good as anyone for scoring runs at a quick rate, and could take a game away from the opposition in just a few overs. Great pair of hands in the field and a very sharp minded captain. In 2014, led the club to fourth in Division One, our highest ever league position. Still playing now out in Victoria in Australia. 
 


Nigel Delaney 
 
Nigel Delaney 
 
Has had two full seasons with the club (would have been three but for Covid-19) – and no coincidence that both those campaigns have been amongst our most memorable of late. Was a vital contributor when we stayed up in Division One in 2013 before going back to Haverfordwest. Returned in 2019 with a vengeance, scoring two centuries, taking regular wickets, and upping our standards in the field. Crucial to our two Alan Brown Cup wins. 
 

Ben Jones




Ben Jones (wicketkeeper) 
At his peak, there were few better keepers in Pembrokeshire. So sharp behind the stumps and a very reliable batsman who can literally do a job anywhere from 1-11. Had three years as skipper in which the club were promoted from Division Three, won Division Two, and then stayed up in Division One – and in 2013 it was his unbeaten 50 in St Ishmaels on the final day of the season which made sure of the latter.  
 








?Andrew Jenkins 




Andrew Jenkins 
Another former club captain and a great all-rounder for us after rejoining from Haverfordwest. Bowled with pace and aggression and a naturally attacking batsman who could easily slot in up the order. Terrific athlete as well. 











Mathew Bennett 


 
Mathew Bennett 
The club’s most consistent bowler since 2000 and has taken more wickets than anyone for us in that period. Would be bang on the money for long spells and would almost always guarantee economic figures. Capable of some hard hitting with the bat too. 
 









Luke Jones 



Luke Jones 
Another who was crucial in helping win promotion to the top flight and then ensuring survival once we got there. Left armer with genuine pace and when he had his line right, proved so difficult for batsmen to face. Very athletic fielder and could plunder a few runs down the order too. 
 










Dai Hamilton 


Dai Hamilton 
Such a skillful bowler who even later on in his career, could work wonders with a swinging ball. Would regularly leave opening batsman bamboozled and as captain, led the club to the Division Four (2000) and then Division Three (2002) title.  








 
Players to be rotated in:
In positions 12, 13, and 14 are players who could slot into the above XI in any given week.



Paul Lewis

 


Paul Lewis
When he’s in the runs, few better batsmen to watch. Loves to play shots and will take on opposition bowling – and as an opener can get a team off to a flying start. Joined us in 2013 and has been a popular club member ever since.
 









RV Jones


RV Jones
Most of RV’s best cricket came pre-2000, but the archived stats recently posted by Paul Webb showed just how prolific he was with the bat. Naturally attacking and numerous tons to his name, and could also bowl and keep wicket too. Ultra-competitive and still playing now in the second team.
 





Tony Kitchell





Tony Kitchell
A very reliable all-rounder and a great club servant. Underrated as a bowler, and doesn’t die wondering with the bat. Helped the first team rise through the divisions before going on to captain the second team to two promotions – and still a key man!