Phil Davies

Inside Alder Meadow - An interview with Pontblyddyn legend Phil Davies

Pontblyddyn Player/Legend: Phil Davies 
First up is one of the greatest opening batsmen the League has produced. One half of the fantastic opening partnership with Glenn. Phil Davies looks back on some of his best moments playing this great game wearing the Baggy Green at Alder Meadow

First Memory - My first memory was playing on the yard at home and on the school yard with bins as stumps. Also playing beach Cricket with Rhys 'Flame'and his Dad, Nige on Family Holidays. I joined Buckley at 13 after being invited by Cyril Hodgson after School trials. I played 2nds following season and made my 1st Team Debut at the age of 15. I had North Wales school trials and joined Pont in 1995.
Best Game I’ve Played In:
Probably playing for Wales v Ireland u15s – a one cap wonder.
Best Personal Performance:
153 Not Out v Marchweil was probably my best score
Proudest Cricketing moment:
Proudest movement would be being made captain at PCC in 96 . We came very close to winning League losing only 2 games all season.Brymbo just too good again!!
Could say our trips in the village knockout were always top days out. Playing teams we didn’t no anything about and we were often worse for wear after Saturday night on the tiles!
Best Overseas Player:
Charlie Fernando – had so much talent with bat and ball. A Sri Lanka u19s international who could hit the ball miles and a very sharp bowler. Just needed a brain to go with it.  
Favourite Ground:
Anglesey Aluminium’s Ground – had two knocks there and two hundreds. One for the County and one for Pont.
Favourite Team to play against:
Seemed to be lucky in the runs scored against Hawarden. Denbigh I didn’t seem to be so lucky against.
Most Feared Opponent:
Nige Roberts – was always a tough competitor. If he didn’t smash you round the park he’d get you with the ball.  
Best Player Played Against:
Indian Test Batsman Devang Ghandi. Made the game look very easy. The Pont pitch suited him perfectly.
Best Player Played With:
Adrian Dale (Glamorgan) – batted with him in a Wales Trial Match. He went on to have a good career for Glamorgan and a decent lad.
Best Batsman Played With:
My long time opening partner, Mr Chambers. Very consistent over the years.

Best Batsman Played Against:
Mark Jones (Brymbo) – Fine clean hitting opener. Retired too early.
Best Bowler Played With:
Rhys Jones – Fastest with his tongue.
Best Bowler Played Against:
David Williams in his Colts days was rapid.
Best in the Changing Room:
Rhys Jones – never a dull moment. The Shampoo Twirling should have been banned.
Longest In The shower:
Chris ‘The Horse’ Myles – no explanation needed.
Best Drinking Partner:
Rhys and Jules. Always had a few pints with the opposition after the game, then the fun starts.
Favourite Drink:
I've developed a liking for rum and coke since trips to Barbados.
Favourite Umpire:
The late Wilson Jones was a fine Umpire. Enjoyed the banter as well.
All Time Pont XI – No Pros
1.    Phil Davies
2.    Glenn Chambers
3.    C. Lamb
4.    Mark Hughes
5.    Jules
6.    Mark Neath
7.    Phil Snell
8.    Nige Snell
9.    Kevin Owen
10.    Mark Chambers (wk)
11.    Rhys Jones
All Time North Wales XI – No Pros 
1.    A Puddle
2.    Stewart Williams
3.    Mark Jones
4.    Nigel Roberts
5.    Glenn Chambers
6.    Will Evans
7.    D Williams
8.    Brian Williams (wk)
9.    Jack Rimmington
10.    Gaz Ryan
11.    Rhys Jones
Advice to youngsters starting out:
Give it your best shot. Determination, commitment and don’t forget to enjoy it.