Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School
Newspaper Reports of 1941 Cricket
from Elfed Davies
ABERDARE C.S.’ BRILLIANT VICTORY.
Aberdare C.S. entertained Neath C.S. on Saturday at the School Field, Aberdare, batting first on an ideal wicket, suffered a temporary setback when their two opening batsmen lost their wickets cheaply, but with the help of R. Mills, who made a very useful 17, the situation improved. With the additional help of G.S.Bird and Leslie Evans, who made 16 and 17 respectively, Aberdare finally reached 76. After the lunch interval, Neath, losing their first three batsmen for 2 runs, recovered sufficiently to make 47 runs. Aberdare won, therefore, by 29 runs.
Credit is due to the Aberdare team for brilliant teamwork, and it must be remembered that Neath have one of the finest teams in South Wales. “Laurels” must be accorded to John Davies, who took five wickets for 10 runs; to Leslie Evans, who took 3 wickets for 9 runs; to G. Bird; who took 2 wickets for 20 runs, and to a newcomer of the team, Nantlais Evans, who is to be complimented on his brilliant wicket keeping.
Aberdare Leader, 28 June 1941
County School Cricket.
REVIEW OF SEASON, 1941
It can be safely said that this season has been one of the best that the Aberdare C.S. has experienced for a very large number of years.
Out of 11 games played, 8 were won, 2 lost, and 1 drawn.
A “friendly” game with Public Schools XI was also won. The most conspicuous win was the one over Neath County School, when the school won by 29 runs.
Other wins included a win of 105 runs over Vaynor, one of 85 runs over Ilford, and one of 7 wickets over Cyfarthfa.
The head of the batting averages was Raymond Mills, the vice-captain who, with an aggregate of 203 and an average of 22.5 was easily ahead of the second, Fred James, who with an aggregate of 61, had an average of 12.2. Next came G.S. Bird (capt.) and Owen Thomas, both with averages of 9.66; then Leslie Evans with an average of 9.13. The last-named was very unfortunate in being run out no fewer than 4 times during the season.
D.M. Barling, headed the bowling with an average of 3.66 (33 wickets for 121 runs); then came Leslie Evans with 5.69 (26 for 148); then G.S. Bird with 6.39 (18 for 115); and then J. Davies and R. Mills with averages of 7.10 and; 7.66 respectfully [sic].
The highest individual, scorer was R. Mills with 44, and the highest score made by the team was 150 for 4 declared (v. Ilford).
So ends a great season.
Aberdare Leader, 16 August 1941