Rydal Penrhos has an enviable history in cricket, with OR Wilf Wooller claimed as being one of the best all-rounder sportsmen Wales has ever produced. Our facilities are excellent, with the New Field square and pavilion being amongst the best in Wales.
The school’s cricket pitch was used as the venue for a first-class match between Wales and South Africa in 1929, and more recently the ground is regularly used as the home venue for Wales’ underage fixtures against Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire. The pavilion on the New Field site provides a fantastic venue to enjoy an afternoon of cricket in the summer months
The school boasts three pitches in total, and four bays of indoor nets and because of this we are often used as a base for the North Wales regional squads. While Rydal Penrhos is small in size, the school frequently punches well above its weight on the cricket pitch. The fixture list includes independent schools across the North West and West Midlands, with teams playing on a Saturday morning throughout the Summer term.
Cricket is taught in PE and Games sessions to both boys and girls under the watchful eye of Head of Cricket Mr Leach with winter nets taking place throughout the offseason, and we regularly produce cricketers who feature in Wales underage teams. Girls’ cricket is developing, and they regularly feature in the school’s cricket sides as we work towards fielding girls only cricket teams.
The highlights of the cricket season include the annual match against the MCC whom we have played annually since 1924, and the Rydal Dolphins Cricket Week, held in the penultimate week of term, where our Old Boys’ team play five games in as many days, including a match versus our current 1st XI. The school also plays in an annual 1st XI cricket festival with 3 days of action packed cricket against Bolton School, Ratcliffe College and Silcoats School. The position of 1st XI captain is one of significant responsibility and is considered a great honour.
The school has very strong links with Colwyn Bay and Mochdre Cricket Clubs amongst others with many players continuing their playing at both during the summer once they complete their studies at Rydal Penrhos. In 2016 the school strengthened their links with Glamorgan Cricket and the MCC through the inclusion of a MCC Foundation hub which is based at the school. The hub runs at U13 and U15 age groups and is aimed at providing a consistently high training environment for pupils in local state schools. The lead coach for the hub is Dion Holden who has previously played with Glamorgan and is currently in the Wales Senior XI.