Martyn Inward loves his involvement at Pill Parks

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Martyn InwardIf you visit Pill Parks in Llangwm to watch some cricket it is a fair bet that you might bump into Martyn Inward because he is a great club supporter as well as helping out on the ground by cutting the outfield or helping Ian Gow with the wicket.
Martyn played cricket for Llangwm as a fiery fast bowler and batsmen who loved nothing better than hitting big sixes on the basis that defence was no good for his form of batting.
In fact, Martyn would be the first to admit that he was, in his own words, “a gobby sod during the game but always ready to enjoy a pint and a chat with the opposition in the bar afterwards!”

Learned a lot from some of Llangwm’s ‘legends’

He started out at Pill Parks as a very keen youngster and learned the skills of the game from players of the calibre of Barry Jones, Peter Rees, Colin Phillips, Dai Davies and Martin Charles, with whom he formed a “pretty aggressive opening bowling attack.
He certainly took his share of the wickets with a haul 8 for 20 haul at Narberth as his best bowling and a top score of  64 at Lawrenny, which he laughingly described as not taking very long before he shut his eyes and was bowled head over heels!
His reward was to be a regular in the county team for several seasons and he loved being involved against teams from ‘up and the line’ - and other proud moments also centre on success with the club, having played in four Harrison-Allen Bowl Finals and leading Llangwm to victory as captain in 1993.
“We also won the Duggie Morris Cup a few times but we never won the league, with second place as our best, which was a regret.”

A family involvement continues with Chris and Steve

Martyn and his wife Tina have two talented cricketing sons in Chris and Stephen, who was on Glamorgan’s books for a long time - but both are playing together again for Llangwm, which pleases him greatly because they helped them to promotion last season and are sure to feature again this campaign.
He enjoys looking after the outfield at Pill Parks whilst Ian Gow focusses on the pitch and took part in one game recently at 58 when he wanted to watch a game against Lamphey where old pals Andrew Skeels and Haydn Cole were playing for the opposition.
“I went on to field for a short while and heard the bang as I damaged my Achilles tendon – to confirm my wife’s belief that I should leave it now to younger players!
“So it wasn’t  the best way to bow out but I still love the game – and meeting old rivals like Martin Cole (Carew), Kevin Jenkins and Nigel Phillips (Pembroke) around the boundary – and chatting about the good old days when we were young!”

 Mark Williams and Martyn Inward