On the back of Cricket Wales' announcement on Tuesday regarding significant changes to the structure of regional cricket in the pathway, we are delighted to reveal details of the Cricket Wales 'Super Series' competitions
The series consists of 8 days of cricket over the course of the summer for each age group squad with East, South, North and West hosting 2 consecutive days each. Younger age groups (i.e. U11s and U12s) will be largely T20 focused, whilst U13s, U14 & U15 will see a mixture of T20 and 50 over cricket.
Cricket Wales are delighted to share the names of the new trophies for each Super Series competition, which have been brought together with consultation all the current regions across Wales. They are as follows:
U11 Boys: The John Williams Trophy
phenomenal contributor and servant of Pembrokeshire
cricket, John was a hugely respected player, administrator and umpire before he
was tragically died (aged 80) after being struck by a ball in 2019 whilst
U11 Boys Development: The John Prickett Trophy
of young players, particularly in West Wales have John to thank for his work
within junior cricket which spans over 40 years. A former manager for the Welsh
Schools and national U15 teams, John contribution lives on today.
U12 Boys: The Tom Cartwright Trophy
influence and impact on Welsh Cricket was immense.
Despite a brief spell at Glamorgan, Tom was an integral member of the former
Welsh Cricket Association. He was the first from cricket to be inducted into
the National Coaching Federation’s hall of fame.
U12 Boys Development: The Harry Lazarus Trophy
many had more passion for the junior game than Harry.
One of the founding members of West Glamorgan Schools & Coaches
Associations, Harry worked tirelessly for over 25 years to ensure youngsters in
the area had the platform to develop their cricket.
Girls U13 & Under Trophy: The Hannah Lloyd Trophy
remains a role model for many aspiring women and girls today. Born in Neath,
Hannah joined a very illustrious group
when she made
her international debut in 1999 and remained involved up until 2003, winning a
European Cup as an U21.
U13 Boys: The Robert Croft Trophy
legend of Welsh cricket, Crofty
amassed 94 international wickets for England, in addition to 1673 wickets in
903 appearances for Glamorgan. A fierce competitor and proud Welshman, he
remains a role model for many youngsters up and down the country.
U13 Boys Development: The Tony Moss Trophy
Tony’s involvement in North East Wales
junior cricket spans over 40 years. He has been a key figure in the game
growing in the North, and his work
in girls cricket has been particularly valuable. A
former coach and chairman, Tony remains
highly respected and influential across the network, and sits on the Cricket Wales board.
U14 Boys: The Alan Jones Trophy
crown jewel in Welsh cricket’s history, Alan remains Glamorgan’s highest ever
run scorer amassing over 36,000 runs over a 26 year career. A fine coach as well, Alan was recently
awarded his international cap at the age of 81 by the ECB during his only test
appearance in 1970 against the Rest of the World.
U14 Boys Development: The Robin Varley Trophy
former secretary of the Welsh Cricket Association, and coach of the former
Welsh Schools there aren’t many that wouldn’t have come across, or had success
through Robin’s ongoing work. A stalwart of Mid Wales and Aberystwyth CC,
Robin’s contribution to Welsh cricket has, and continues to be enormous.
U15 Boys: The Tom Maynard Trophy
Simply put, one of the most talented and
popular players of his generation Tom remains close to everyone associated with
Welsh cricket since his tragic passing in 2012. Tom was destined for a long and
prosperous career in the game, after making his first class debut for Glamorgan
aged 18 before moving to Surrey in 2011, scoring an emotional maiden century
U15 Boys Development: The Nick Evans Trophy
Very few can say they have contributed
more to Pembrokeshire cricket than Nick over the last century. Over 60 years of
dedicated involvement to the area, as a player, administrator, official and
coach. Nick is a true unsung hero and cricket in West Wales owes him an
Head of Talent Pathway Matt Thompson commented, "there are so many worthy people across Welsh cricket that deserve to be recognised for their invaluable contributions over the years. It is a lovely touch however that those recognised by the regions will have an indelible mark on the new structure for many, many years to come. Every junior cricketer that comes through (and has come through) from here on in will benefit indirectly from the amazing work that these individuals have put into Welsh cricket and we are eternally thankful and proud of that."