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PENALLT CRICKET IN TWENTIETH CENTURY

Cricket was played at Moorcroft until the Second World War when the field was put under cultivation for the production of vegetables in War-Time Britain. After the War the land was returned to pasture and although some informal cricket was played by a Penallt side in the early 1980s it was not until the winter of 1982/3 that the Club was officially reformed.

The present owner of Moorcroft, Mr Dick Hartley, was approached and agreed that cricket could again be played in the field adjacent to the house and Pelham Hall. Cultivation of a square was put in hand under the direction of Bryn Boycott and within a very few months a respectable square was produced.

The re-born Club played its first match on 15th June 1983, away at Shirenewton and immediately recorded a 4 wicket win Two weeks later the first match was played at Moorcroft with Penallt recording a narrow 8 run win over Tintern. It should be noted that the euphoria of two wins in two matches was soon dispelled when Penallt met Aston Ingham for the first time, and were beaten by 137 runs, being bowled out for a meagre 44 runs.

The Moorcroft pitch continued to improve year by year although Penallt batsmen still were always wary of the "dreaded Penallt grubber", a ball just short of a length which does not rise more than 2" from the ground, but it was decided that it was time to acquire our own ground and lay a proper square.

We are delighted to welcome Worcester County Cricket Club today in a celebration match to open our new ground and we particularly welcome Mr Ossie Wheatley, Chairman of The Sports Council for Wales, to carry out the official opening. The acquisition and development of the ground was only made possible by generous grants from The Sports Council for Wales, Monmouth Borough Council and The Lords Taverners. We fervently believe that the opening of the new ground, together with the proposed redevelopment of Pelham Hall to incorporate a new pavilion will ensure that friendly and relaxed cricket will be played in Penallt well into the 21st Century.