Menai Bridge Cricket Club (Clwb Criced Porthaethwy) is situated on the Isle of Anglesey in the North West of Wales just off the shores of the Menai Strait. Its most famous landmark is the Thomas Telford suspension bridge which links Menai Bridge to mainland Wales. The town, with a population just short of 4,000, is situated approximately two hours drive from Manchester and Liverpool.

Menai Bridge is also very close to both the University town of Bangor as well as the magnificent scenery of the Snowdonia National Park.

Our most famous ex-player and current life member is Matthew Maynard who has previously held positions as the England Assistant Coach and Director of Cricket for Glamorgan County Cricket Club.

The North Wales league also attracts a number of overseas professionals every season.e have first rate pavilion and are currently looking at developing our ground even further. With the support of the local community firmly behind us and the number of members increasing all the time, Menai Bridge Cricket Club has an exciting future!

The Club

Menai Bridge was one of the first locations for the Pavilions Project under the ECB’s Channel 4 funding of grass roots cricket. Club Design had already built pavilions for the ECB at Nottingham and Wolverhampton. This club boasts one of the best views in cricket – with a view across the Menai Straits to the Snowdonia National Park. The little pavilion is very pleasing to the eye and is a credit to the club and to its funders.

Services provided:

  • All plans, elevations, site layouts and specifications
  • Submission of planning applications
  • All architectural work and project management, including tender action and appointment of building contractor
  • Liaison between governing body and club throughout

This coming season sees some big changes on the field for the club, with Dion Holden taking over the captaincy of the 1st team, and Calum Andrews now leading the 2nd team.

We would like to wish Dion and Calum all the best in their new leadership roles, and hope that they as well as Gaz Riley, who continues as 3rd team captain, receive all the support and commitment they need from their players.

This week also sees Zac Ringrose arriving from New Zealand, for his second season with us. Zac picked up over 50 wickets for the club, and was an extremely popular figure around the club. We would like to wish Zac the best for 2017.

The Groundsman

Serving the small town of Menai Bridge, the local cricket club has a willing team of volunteers led by Keith Hughes. Keith is a secondary school teacher; at any other time, he is the volunteer groundsman at the club. Our square is on a slight slope, so water tends to drain reasonably well. The square, when constructed, was laid on a stone and gravel base then built up with soil and loam.

We have, in the past, had a problem with low clay content in our profile which we have been rectifying over the years by using Boughton County loam. The ground is one of the smaller cricket fields in North Wales and can get a bit flooded, but this is mostly in the winter, and we do get quite a few gale force winds, given our location.

Pitch preparation begins about two weeks before that strip is required though, sometimes, the weather will have a say in how the preparations goes. We may also give each strip a small feed of fertiliser just to give them a little boost prior to cutting/rolling etc.

Our pitches are assessed for PQS by our pitch advisor on a rolling programme of visits year on year. Each ground in North Wales will be assessed and a full report produced for the club, with advice on any actions needed. Soil samples will be taken and sent for analysis and a report sent back regarding its chemical make-up and advising on what fertilising and feeding regime needs to be followed to improve its condition.

The Ground

With our double bay artificial net area, we roll with a light roller throughout the season to compact the surface. At the end of season, we lift the nets and weed kill the surrounds. We have called in the installers, ClubTurf, to lift the matting and re-level the base. During the winter we brush and vacuum-blow the net area to keep it clear of debris.

We endeavour to keep cutting the outfield during the winter at a height of about 25mm and sometimes cut it with a ride-on -mower collecting the grass as we go along. We spend a lot of time in the autumn collecting fallen leaves as we have a large number of hardwood trees surrounding the boundary edge. These have, though, been thinned out to allow more light to get to the outfield.

We have had more of a problem with moss this past winter, especially on the outfield. We used a local contractor to spray the outfield. We did this in conjunction with the local football club and rugby club who had their fields sprayed at the same time. This allowed us to keep the cost down.

We allow the community to use our cricket field for a variety of events beside cricket. For example, we have hosted a rounders tournament and various charity fundraising days. We have also hosted a wedding, which was something a bit different in that they spent three days erecting marquees, and then only had one day in which to take it down because we had to get it ready for our fixture on the Saturday!