Welcome to the second under the spotlight, delving a bit deeper into some of the characters involved with the cricket club. Bit of serious stuff, bit of fun, which hopefully you will enjoy reading. This article provides a…..
FOCUS ON THE BOWEN FAMILY
Village cricket clubs all have a strong element of family. Hook is no different with several generations of many families at the heart of the clubs history, present and future. One of the more recent families to join that list is the Bowens; Dafydd, Emily, Morgan and Mali. And a lovely family they are too.
Dafydd plays in the 2nd XI; Emily plays for Hook Ladies; Morgan plays for our Under 11s and Mali, hopefully a future cricketer herself is always around and about to support. More than that, these guys have immersed themselves into the heart of the club and village and are great supporters of the club.
Contrary to popular belief, Dafydd is not now a pig farmer from Rosebush. Along with Emily they run the very successful Moby Dicks food outlet (chippy to us commoners) in Merlins Bridge. And whilst we are at scotching nasty rumours, neither did Dafydd have an affair with a particularly attractive sheep in his younger days when living in the mountains. So can we all please move on!
But Dafydd, in his prime at 36, does hail from Rosebush in the hills of North Pembrokeshire. Best known in sporting circles for a successful rugby career, he notably played as part of an excellent Narberth side with the likes of ex-international and Swansea RFC legend Alan ‘Santa’ Reynolds and with Haverfordwest RFC. Dafydd played for Narberth from the age of 8 through to the senior team winning a host of trophies.
He captained the County team in all age groups and also made the Scarlets under 25 development side two years running, happily remembering turning over the Ospreys (get in there).
He now uses that experience as a very popular coach of Llangwm U13s, doing a great job having guided his young charges to the county cup semi-final last season.
After a brief flirtation with cricket in his teens at Maenclochog, Dafydd returned to the game with Hook and is a very popular member of the senior squad. With true determination Dafydd has turned himself into a handy cricketer, making his maiden 50 for the club last season and pouching a few wickets.
Current 1st XI skipper Jamie Phelps probably best summed up Dafydd’s involvement in cricket. Jamie said, “Dafydd epitomises what you can achieve in cricket with limited natural ability but steely determination to succeed – very little”.
Jamie didn’t actually say that, not aloud at least. That is just made up to get a cheap laugh!
Dafydd was also well known for showing cattle. In his younger days he very successfully competed in leading cattle around a field. “This is why I felt well qualified to stand for 2nd XI vice-captain” Dafydd says with a smile.
Emily also hails from Pembrokeshire and has immersed herself in club life. Along with her best friend Charlotte Neil, she is well known for running Rika Shake classes with a Hitleresque discipline. Her name is often taken in vain as her subjects stagger back home bathed in sweat at 7am after an early class. Emily herself is very active on the fitness front enjoying cycling, running and swimming. She also sits on the Community Council, further evidence of how the family has immersed itself in Hook life.
Emily plays for Hook ladies as a popular member of the squad. On turning up for a first practice to ‘give it a go’, Emily uncovered a talent for throwing a cricket ball. Akin to Lindsay Wagner (for those of you old enough to remember the bionic woman) she launched a throw of the like unseen in ladies cricket. They are still looking for that ball! She played a central role in 2017 when the Hook Ladies swept all before them in an amazing season.
10 year old Morgan, a pupil at Ysgol Glan Cleddau, is a great, popular young guy. As well as playing rugby for Llangwm, he is a key member of Hook under 11s. He loves his cricket and as with everything this lad does, he puts his heart and soul into every game. He was a member of the squad which reached the county final last season only to lose out to a very talented and deserving Lawrenny team. The highlight last season was a superb spell of bowling against Neyland, snapping up 3 wickets including the prize wicket of county player Charlie Malloy.
Typically understated, Morgan perhaps does not realise how good he could be but there is no doubt his talent will show through. The fact that he has already swum a mile, burning off a few older ones, shows his determination.
On the village and cricket club, Dafydd said, “We moved to Hook as we love the village environment and wanted our kids to be brought up in a safe and happy place. Hook has given us all of that and more. The community feel is great and everybody looks out for each other. Being part of the cricket club is an honour and we all thoroughly enjoy it, it’s one of the heartbeats of the village bringing people together.
It would be fair to say that this ever popular family are at the heart of the club. Let’s hope they remain there for many years to come. Think about it. If Dafydd wasn’t there who would we take the piss out of ?