Rogerstone Welfare CC – recent times

An aerial view of the Rogerstone Welfare Ground, taken in 2019. Photo Credit – Stephen Meek

Rogerstone Welfare CC has continued to enjoy much success in recent times. In 1976 they were the winners of Division Two of the Gwent League before the following year being founder members of the Welsh Club Cricket Conference, a new competition that was part of the new ECB pyramid organisation in South East Wales. They won Division Three of the competition in both 1984 and 1988, besides being finalists in the Conference Cup in 1989.

The 1990s also saw further enhancements to the facilities at the Welfare Grounds with the Club securing in 1997 a SportsLot grant for a new two storey pavilion to replace the old and extended structure which had begun life as the facility for the members of the Bethesda Chapel tennis club. The new structure was opened in May 1998, although because of the unexpected realisation that VAT had to be paid on the works, the original plan for a balcony was omitted. This meant that the upstairs front door led to nowhere – an anomaly that was duly rectified during 2005, albeit not along the full length of the exterior as originally planned.

The new pavilion at Rogerstone Welfare CC, as seen in 2012.Photo Credit – Derek Picken.

In 1999 Rogerstone Welfare were the founder members of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League, and during 2002 they won both Division One of the competition and the Conference Cup Final.

Photo Credit – Derek Picken / Andrew Trinder.

2003 saw the club win Division Two of the newly-instigated South Wales Cricket League, before winning Division One the following year. In 2006 a state of the art electronic scoreboard was added to the front of the pavilion and filling the space to the right of the door left by the shortened balcony. Its installation – the first of its type in the area – was further evidence of the go-ahead attitude of the club’s committee who, soon afterwards, oversaw the development of new practice nets in the south corner of the Welfare Field and authorized the purchase of a bowling machine.

Community activities at the welfare Grounds. Photo Credit – Derek Picken.

In November 2007 the Club gained the prestigious ECB/Cricket Board of Wales Clubmark Accreditation. This award recognized the Club’s efficient organization plus their procedures as being a safe place for children to play cricket.

2010 saw Rogerstone Welfare win Division Two of the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League whilst in April 2015 their application for a grant was approved by Cricket Wales and the ECB for new non-turf practice facilities, with the funding being split 60:40 between Cricket Wales/ECB and the Rogerstone Community Council. The new facility was subsequently opened by Beth Reekles, a best-selling local author who had attended Bassaleg Secondary School. 2015 also saw the purchase of new roll-on covers allowing Rogerstone Welfare to boast some of the best facilities for teams in the Glamorgan and Monmouthshire Cricket League.

The new roll-on covers in front of the pavilion at the Welfare Grounds. Photo Credit – Derek Picken.

The Club’s President since 2007 has been Stephen Jones, the Rugby Correspondent for The Times and The Sunday Times. The award-winning journalist (seen below)hails from Rogerstone and now lives in Taplow. He played for the club in his youth and the cricket with Rogerstone is, apparently, the only thing he misses after leaving the area!

Stephen Jones – the current President of Rogerstone Welfare CC. Photo Credit – Derek Picken.

The Rogerstone Welfare first and second XIs currently play in the newly-organised South East Wales Cricket League in Divisions 2 and 9 respectively, whilst they also have a thriving junior and ladies section, as seen in the final two images.

Rogerstone Welfare CC 1st XI 2019. Back Row: J. Percival, A. Trinder, J. Tutton, K. Sharratt, A. Harris, R. Fair, M. Akhtar. Front Row: B. Williams, L. Harris, J. Ramji, A. Holldaway, M. Tutton. Photo Credit – Derek Picken / Andrew Trinder.
The Rogerstone Welfare juniors taking part in the All Stars initiative with Carmel Reed and Hayley Plant in 2019. Photo Credit – Derek Picken.
The Rogerstone Welfare CC Ladies – seen in 2019. Photo Credit – Derek Picken.

Click here to read about the Club’s early history and the links with the Castle Works at Tydu.

Once again, we would like to acknowledge the help of Derek Picken in compiling these notes.

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