Inside Alder Meadow - An interview with Pontblyddyn Legend Rhys "Flame" Jones
Pontblyddyn Legend : Rhys Jones
Next up is current 1st XI Captain Rhys Jones. Flame is well known throughout the North Wales League and beyond, thanks to his high level of skill with the ball but also his ability to give any batsman he bowls at a few hints and tips throughout a game.
Playing for Pontblyddyn has always been a family affair for Rhys and he is well respected after years of service to the Club. He helped Pont win Division 1 (Premier Division) and Denbighshire Knockout in 1992 and has been a key part of some of the strongest sides, not just in Ponts history, but across North Wales during his time and more recently was the leading wicket taker in Ponts 2018 Division one winning side, showing his longevity and skill.
Here are his favourite bits about playing at the Bont (just don’t mention his 9 Wicket Haul around him).
My earliest memories of the great game go back to watching my Dad play for Pontblyddyn and Bistre Church. I used to go and watch every game in my early years. My favourite player was a guy, you may know, called Paul Higginson.
Pontblyddyn also used to play annual games against Glamorgan, I remember them being great days.
My first memories playing would be with my great mate Phil Davies on his yard, the School Yard and on Holidays. I used to bowl all day at the Big Lad and not get the rascal out.
My first and only team has been Pontblyddyn starting at the Under 13 age group.
At nearly 50 years old, trying to say the best game I’ve played in is very difficult. Most of the biggest games I’ve played in I’ve come off second best. I would like to pick two games. My first was the Denbighshire Knockout Final in 1992 against Llay over two legs (sixteen eight ball overs over two legs). A very close encounter that we just won, I got seven wickets in the match and closely pipped my partner Phil Snell for the Man of the Match award. This was the first real trophy I won, we celebrated in Chester with a few small sherries that’s for sure.
Second was a benefit game for John Probert, whose house had unfortunately burnt down. Featuring in the game were West Indians and Aussies. Our team consisted of Collis King, Rod Esthwick, Steve Dublin and Patrick Holder – Test and First Class players. I’ll leave it there as to why this was a memorable game. Collis has a BDM bat, he said you know what that means, I laughed, he said ‘bad damn man that’s what I am’. I played three times with Collis and I think he is the most charismatic and funny person I’ve ever met.
My favourite blogs will be recent and past as I’m fortunate enough to still be playing.
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