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Aberdare Boys’ Grammar School

Sporting Activities

Old School

A joint-ABGS Old Boys Cricket Team
Containing some of those who toured Somerset in 1950

from Malcolm Lloyd

Somerset 1950

Back row: Geoff Pontin, Malcolm B Lloyd, John Duncan Evans, ?, S Aeron Davies, Richard Reynolds
Front row: Elfed Bowen, Walter Ryan, Ken Anthony, Peter Anthony, Hugh Dennis
Location: Cowfield (The Ynys) prior to the Somerset Tour

Peter Anthony commented on the boys in this photograph (May 2011) :
Geoff Pontin: cousin of Wally Ryan
Malcolm Lloyd: athlete, cricketer & fast bowler, went on Somerset tour
Duncan Evans: wicketkeeper, went on Somerset tour
Aeron Davies: fast bowler, went on the tour
Dicky Reynolds - not a cricketer, but like Elfed Bowen was a tennis player. Headmaster’s son
Elfed Bowen: tennis player, became a chemistry teacher, at ABGS, then in the Rhondda and finally at Mountain Ash
W.A. Ryan: keen cricketer, fast bowler, on the tour
Ken Anthony: no relation of Peter Anthony, though they were both from Hirwaun, a guest Captain of the tour team - not a past student
Peter Anthony: keen cricketer, opened the batting (or No. 3) and bowled a bit, went on the tour
Hugh Dennis: ambition to be a leg break bowler; he umpired on the tour.

Most of the ABGS boys in this photograph left school between 1945 and 1950.

The touring side was also augmented by two UCW Aberystwyth friends of Peter Anthony: Brian Morse, their opening bat and David Williams. The Aberdare team were headquartered in a Taunton pub and the fixtures were all in that area. The pub had a fine selection of ciders and an original, slate lined, bowling alley, with solid wooden pins and bowling balls. The lads had many a raucous night there - with pipe and jar!