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Pete Hardwick was an adopted son of Wales and in particular Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan Cricket. Originally from the West Country he played his early cricket for Brislington CC in Bristol as a left arm fast bowler. He quickly realised that perhaps he wasn’t quite fast enough so changed his action to left arm spin and the rest, as they say, is history. When he moved his young family, wife Dawn and children Paul and Jane, across the bridge to South Wales and the village of Wenvoe on the outskirts of Cardiff he was lured to St Fagans Cricket Club by the club skipper, Ricky Needham. It was to be a fruitful union with Pete going on to twirl his way into the club’s record books.
Over time coaching became a greater and greater part of his life coinciding with his career with Vale of Glamorgan council as a Dragon Sports officer. From St Fagans his travels took him to Cowbridge CC and from there to Penarth CC enabling him to combine his playing and coaching talents. He was invited to play for Wales Minor Counties, as well as the Wales over 40s, 50s and 60s and, though Gloucestershire born and bred, he wore the dragon on his chest with pride.
At the same time he was invited to join Cardiff & the Vale Regional Cricket and would become our longest serving coach and our most successful. Pete would describe his coaching style as “old school” and would spurn the use of cones and complex warm up routines but this did not do justice to his coaching philosophy which was thoughtful and effective, frequently turning around under-performing squads. At his heart Pete loved the game and had a real passion and belief in improving players. He liked nothing better than working with young left arm spinners but he would have pearls of wisdom and great insight to pass on to seam bowlers, wicket keepers and batters alike.
He was a great raconteur and fantastic fun to be with whether sharing a bottle of wine or a Black Sheep Ale on a far-flung cricket tour or simply strolling around a boundary. His dry, rich humour sat well with his softly spoken West Country burr and he never ran out of stories to tell of distant games or funny incidents such as the day he snaffled the prize wicket of Steve James for a duck in his benefit game!
Pete passed away on December 23rd 2014 at the University Hospital in Cardiff with his family at his bedside. He will be sadly missed by all his friends and family and by so many young cricketers who benefited from his wit and wisdom.
Unfortunately Barry Athletic have written to us to say that they have been unable to generate sufficient numbers at under 13s this season to field a team in the U13B Division West. We have therefore reluctantly scrubbed their fixtures from the schedule.
Children under 16 are able to witness Glamorgan’s T20Blast return match with Hampshire on Wednesday 25th June free of charge at the SWALEC Stadium. Glamorgan have already won the away fixture at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton with an exciting last over, ten run victory. Expect another close finish when Hampshire come to Cardiff on 25th June.
For further details and conditions please visit Glamorgan’s website at www.glamorgancricket.com.
Today marks the start of the 2014 Cardiff & Vale Junior League Season. There is a full under 13 league programme this evening followed by under 15s on Thursday, under 9s on Sunday and under 11s on Monday. All matches are to be completed by Sunday 17th August with the League Finals Day on Sunday 31st August.
Good luck for a successful season!
Ian Morgan – League Chairman