To play for the first team at that stage, as a 15 year old, was a great honour Lee Fox - Spondon CC
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Blaina is a small town in the Welsh valleys, close to Abergavenny and Ebbw Vale. It’s an old mining town, through the 19th Century thousands flocked there to work in the pits and the nearby steelworks. All the heavy industry has gone now, but what’s left is a proud, close-knit Welsh community. Blaina CC are a small club but one with a long history and a long tradition of playing hard – both on and off the pitch!

Brief club history 

Blaina CC played their first match in 1853 against nearby Ebbw Vale and made a good start – a convincing 81 run win. There were many local cricket clubs in the thriving mining town during the early 20th Century, but thanks to the efforts of mining engineer Evans Watkins these smaller clubs were amalgamated to create Blaina CC, with good sponsorship and strong enough to become founder members of the South Wales and Monmouthshire League in 1926. The club were very successful and were promoted to the premier division in the first season.

Unfortunately the league fell apart soon after due to economic difficulties, but Blaina CC continued to thrive before and after the Second World War. Strong links with the local collieries were developed as many players also turned out for the local pit teams. Another great period for the club was the economically turbulent 1980s, as a batch of talented youngsters helped the club rise up three divisions in the space of four years and dominate the local indoor league during the winter. The club also gained new facilities in the shape of a new pavilion. Today, the club remains strong with a committed group of players and volunteers whose only interest is in playing cricket and keeping the club going.
 

The club and Taking the Field 

Blaina CC was the first club to be featured in Taking the Field in Autumn 2010. The guys had been researching their history for several years with the help of Andrew Hignell at Glamorgan CCC, after being inspired by a mysterious photograph of a match in Blaina in the 1920s. Although they knew that this photograph must have been taken on Central Park, due to the distinctive pavilion in the photograph, they had no idea about the match or the club's presitgious history in the 1920s. From there on they began to collaborate with TTF to collect more recent stories, and are hoping to publish a book on the club.

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