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 African in 1929, and more recently the ground is regularly used as the home venue for Wales’ underage fixtures against Lancashire, Cheshire and Yorkshire.
The school boasts three pitches in total, and four bays of indoor nets. Rydal Penrhos is currently used as a base for the North Wales regional squads, and the pavilion on the New Field site provides a fantastic venue to enjoy an afternoon of cricket in the summer months. 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.
The highlights of the cricket season include the annual match against the MCC, 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 hosts an annual 1st XI cricket festival. The position of 1st XI captain is one of significant responsibility and is considered a great honour.
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 Mr Leach is supported in his delivery by Will Owen, who has eight years playing experience as a professional cricketer for Glamorgan. Will’s expertise is invaluable and he delivers evening team sessions and 1:1 sessions, as well as using the school facilities to run the Rydal Penrhos High Performance Centre. The school has very strong links with Colwyn Bay and Mochdre Cricket Clubs with many players continuing their playing at both during the summer once they complete their studies at Rydal Penrhos.