2016 has proven to be a difficult season for the Vale, with the 1st XI struggling in their first season back on division two. Vale's situation has not been helped by last minute defections from the club by a host of last seasons players, which following a very successful 2015 campaign is very difficult to explain. Whilst the timing of their decisions left a bitter taste in the mouth and Vale in the lurch so to speak, with little time to recruit, the players who have stepped in to the squad throughout the season have performed admirably in difficult circumstances. Vale will be hoping to boost their ranks during the coming winter with a recruitment drive and their continued emphasis on producing their own young players. The club are always on the lookout for new players of all standards and everyone is welcome at the club which boasts what are probably some of the best facilities at any club in South Wales, including an indoor cricket school. Anyone interested in playing next season please contact the secretary on 07969240274 for further details.
First league weekend of the season and the 1st team came away with 10 points from an abandoned game with Cardiff Gymkhana. Chasing a big total of 312 Vale were 83 for 1 when rain intervened with Shoaib Waqar 48 not out and Nicky Pepper 27 not out. Meanwhile, the 2nd XI claimed an excellent win at Llantwit Fardre. Posting 125 on a very slow wicket the Vale bowlers dragged themselves back into the game with Jack Powell claiming 5 for 17 and Tim Roberts 3 for 5 as Llantwit were skittled out for 85 and Ebbw claiming 17 points.
The club has made a solid start to the new season with the 1st XI lying in third position and the 2nd XI sitting mid table. The 1st XI gained wins against Monkswood, Whitchurch and Vale and slipped to defeat at Cardiff Gymkhana after being in a strong position.
The first of three pres seaon friendlies takes place this coming Sunday at Lisvane with further fixtures at Croesyceiliog and Panteg taking us up to the start of the season on the 5th May.