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The 1st XI skipper goes under the Stags Spotlight…


Rob Litchfield was the first Stag to go under the Stags Spotlight. Given the excitement that caused, we decided to take a sabbatical. But now we’re back with a bang with first XI skipper, Chris Thorne, fielding the questions. Hopefully somewhat better than he does the ball. Pictured above in 2013, looking like a pillock and with what looks like awfully highlighted hair…

Right Thorney….

Your earliest cricketing memory? Breaking my open championship bat in the back garden of my house because my Dad refused to buy me a new one. To this day, I’m not sure he knows about that one. Once a brat…

Funniest St Fagans teammate? Played with a few characters but the space cadet-‘Mensa-duo’, of Gareth Weatherall and Jeremy Lawlor probably take the biscuit. Two very special individuals indeed, particularly when they are working in tandem.

Favourite part of cricket? Winning and the beer afterwards.

Most intelligent SFCC teammate? Adam Keane, although don’t trust him to run on a message onto the field successfully, that does seem strangely beyond a man who got 9A*s and 4 As last summer.

The one thing you couldn’t live without? Simon Joseph. Oops thought that said one thing I could do without!

Biggest influence on your cricket? Phil Makinson, and most importantly the infamous hand gestures! Hands on the belly – O’Shea. Hand on the head – Maynard! Whatever could he have meant!

Your best moment as a Stag? Winning the league in 2014 or the many Welsh Cups as a kid growing up through the hugely successful noughties for the junior section of St Fagans. Good group of lads.

Your favourite part of a cricket tea? St Fagans’ jam scones. Superb.

Gutsiest Stags team-mate? Loved Craig Maloney. Good competitive bloke, good competitive cricketer.

If you could be another player at the club who would you be and why? Close call. Between Matt Thompson and O’Shea as and when he fancies donning the pads again this season! Both class acts.

Player to look out for? Adam Keane has all the potential to go on to an excellent level. Quality batter and undoubtedly a future 1st XI captain as well at some point. Younger than that worth keeping an eye on Charles Griffith, Callum Nicholls and Zak Williams.

Best part of playing for St Fagans? The ground, teammates, and the Chairman’s excellent collection of waterproof sheets.

Longest in the shower? Kristian Bell had an excellent line and length, and a superb googly!

Your worst moment as a Stag? Relegation last summer – coulda, woulda, shoulda!

Your unsung hero at St Fagans? Two – Tim and Val Hopkins. What they do for the club is ridiculous.

What do you best in 2 minutes? Many people could probably answer that question on my behalf! Boys would say batting, girls would say…

Your all-time St Fagans XI (only condition – had to play with them in the maroon)? O’Shea, J Lawlor, Merilaht, Maynard, Swetman, Thompson, John, Hopkins, J Sylvester, Slade, K Bell. Strong batting, keeping and spin options in that side. All quality cricketers, all of them potential all-rounders!


2 minutes with 3rd XI skipper Rob Litchfield…

2 minutes with 3rd XI Skipper and Social Sec, Robert-Marcus Arthur Duncan Llewellyn Bishop Litchfield

Rob Litchfield

Your earliest cricketing memory? Being told by Graham Lewis I would be a good seamer if it was only one ball an over
Funniest St Fagans teammate? Dagsie – he’d forget his head if it wasn’t screwed on
Favourite part of cricket? Having a full eleven available
Most intelligent SFCC teammate? Tom Bevan
The one thing you couldn’t live without? A sense of humour
Biggest influence on your cricket? Phil Makinson
Your best moment as a Stag? Pitching it
Your favourite part of a cricket tea? Pizza
If you could be another player at the club who would you be and why? O’Shea as he is class (urgh pass me the bucket)
Longest in the shower? Steve Provis liked to do his hair…
Your worst moment as a Stag? Standing in as captain for Lewy, been given a dud team, and losing by 300 runs
Your unsung hero at St Fagans? The tea ladies – cricket at St Fagans wouldn’t be the same without the work that they put in
What do you best in 2 minutes? Send people to sleep

Photo tribute to Peter Hardwick

Peter Hardwick

A photo gallery of some Pete’s best moments at St Fagans, including some classic shots from the 1991 Village Cup Final victory. 

St Fagans CC tributes to Peter Hardwick



St Fagans CC tributes to a true Stags legend, Peter Hardwick

Peter Hardwick

Penned by Club President, Ricky Needham

We were all shocked and saddened to learn of Peter’s sudden and untimely death before Christmas.

I first met Pete in the early years of the Western League, when he opened the bowling for Brislington, before reverting to left arm spin. He would often bowl for an entire innings from one end, and consequently could never understand why there should be a restriction on the number of overs a bowler could bowl, when there was no such restriction or limitation placed on batsmen.

He was always competitive, but after the game he would enjoy very much the social side of the game, discussing the day’s play or cricket in general, a subject on which he held strong views and was keen to share.

When his job moved him to Cardiff in the late 1980’s, he bought his house in Wenvoe but still travelled back to play for Brislington each weekend. The following January Pete telephoned me and asked to meet me in The Plymouth Arms, when he told me that he was considering joining St. Fagans CC. He indicated that the way we played and socialised afterwards met with his approval. I told him that he would be a most welcome addition to the club, but that as he could not bat or field that I could not guarantee him a first team place! He advised me that he was prepared to take his chance. The fact that he was still playing first team cricket long after most of the side he joined had themselves retired speaks volumes for how good a bowler he was and how valuable a member of the side he became.

Pete was a man of cricket, firstly as a player both at club level and for Wales over 50’s and 60’s, secondly as a coach for Cowbridge CC, Penarth CC and Cardiff & The Vale Regional Cricket, and thirdly as a raconteur on the game that he so loved and cherished.

He was a delight to play with and we shared many enjoyable occasions together. He was one of, if not the best left arm slow bowler that I had the pleasure of playing alongside. He was a slow bowler with a fast bowler’s temperament, always willing to give a batsman the benefit of his opinion of a shot played against his bowling, but reluctant to concede any runs whatever, even if trying to buy wickets.

It was a considerable privilege to have had the experience of playing alongside him, and an honour to have been able to call him a friend.

Our thoughts at this extremely sad time are of course with Dawn, Paul and Jane, but we shall all doubtless also recall our own memories of a very decent man and a remarkably good cricketer.

Penned by former skipper and head of youth cricket, Phil Makinson

Pete Hardwick – The best club bowler I’ve ever played with.

Pete joined St Fagans in 1988 when his job brought him to Cardiff. His left arm spin was already well known to St Fagans batters as he had played with great success for Western League rivals Brislington for many years.

In those days there were no bowling restrictions and a bowler could bowl all day – Pete regularly did, quite often taking the new ball and twirled away all afternoon for 25 overs. He very quickly became the leader of the St Fagans spin attack which in 1991 consisted of the formidable quartet of Pete, Pete Lawlor, Kristian Bell and Jamie Sylvester. The club won the Village Cup that summer and Pete’s figures in the final at Lord’s were 2 For 24 off 9 overs.

He would bowl to 6/3 and occasionally 7/2 off side fields and batters had to sweep or slog him if they were chasing a half decent target. I can vividly remember Pete’s battles with Huw Ellison of Bristol Optimists. Huw would sweep or slog Pete from ball one and they would have a lively discussion. I think it was good natured but couldn’t be sure as the discussion was in broad Bristolian Wurzel.

As a fielder Pete was a specialist square leg. After completing his over he would wander off to square leg with the Umpire and debate the previous overs lbw appeal – there was sure to have been one!

Pete was generally a number 11 batter but took it deadly seriously. I can recall a match at Bath where he bravely saw off their fearsome quickie, Ian Shrubsole. He loved to open the batting on tour and would enjoy surviving longer than recognised batters, and would remind them of the fact all evening long.

I captained Pete for three seasons and it was great to have somebody so reliable and dependable to call upon. When asked what end he would prefer to bowl he rarely thought of wind, slope or boundary size, his answer always being “first available end”.

At the advanced age of 45, Pete made his Minor Counties debut for Wales, playing four games during the 1994 season. I spent a couple of hours watching Pete bowl at Usk for Wales in a personal battle against Aftab Habib, who went on to play for England.

He left the club after the 1997 season when the Western League brought in bowling restrictions. In his 10 seasons with St Fagans Pete took a staggering 923 first eleven wickets (including sunday cup matches and mid week friendlies). He took 50 league wickets in 7 of of those 10 seasons – no other St Fagans bowler has taken 50 wickets in a league season before or since.

The early stars of St Fagans CC

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TMT Game – Tom’s Memories of St Fagans

Tom Maynard Trust Game 

This Friday (13th Sept) we host the inaugural Tom Maynard Trust fixture to raise funds for a Trust that aims to help the development of aspiring disadvantaged cricketers and other sportspeople who require support with their career. As most will be aware, it has made a huge difference to a number of young people already. This good work we are sure will only continue.

Tom joined the club at the age of 7 and was the finest young cricketer the Club has produced. As the tributes over the past year have showed, while he was an incredibly talented cricketer, he will be remembered for being a far better man.

For our 150th anniversary brochure, Tom contributed an article discussing his memories of being a Stag, playing with his Uncle Charlie, being run out by his Dad, Matt and being involved with league-winning sides led by Alun Evans. It is reproduced below.

The match, subject to the weather of course, is scheduled to start at 2.30pm. We ask for a £5 entry donation fee. Please follow us on Twitter for regular updates leading up to the game and during the day. The Matt Maynard XI includes the likes of Jim Allenby, Simon Jones and Phil DeFreitas.

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Memories of St Fagans – New Glamorgan Supremo Hugh Morris

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Memories of St Fagans – Glamorgan Skipper Mark Wallace

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Rob King takes a trip back in time…

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