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Southerndown Cricket Club Pavilion and grounds

One of the earliest recorded cricket games for Southerndown is a First 2nd XI match against Bridgend Junior XI in 1870.  There is also reference to another game in 1947 which was a charity match for Emyrs Davies. 

Owing to falling numbers, the Vale Cricket Club was formed in 2004 from Southerndown, Ewenny and Corntown clubs with Registration Night in March/April each year.  Youth, 3rd team and Sunday cricket played at Southerndown; 1st and 2nd team cricket was played at Corntown for players aged 7 and over;  Nets started in May in the Pavilion, Corntown.  By 2011, First, Second and Third senior sides and Junior teams including under 9s, 11s, 13s and 15s met on Saturdays with regular Sunday and mid-week friendly fixtures as well as winter nets for Seniors/Juniors at Cowbridge School/Neath Cricket Club. 

In 2012 it was reported that the merger of the local clubs had failed and the continuation of cricket at Southerndown was under threat, which would mean the cessation of games after more than 125 years.  In early 2013 a group of villagers from Southerndown put forward plans to take over the management of Southerndown Cricket Pavilion and Grounds with the intention of increasing the number and range of activities held.  This would complete a circle as many groups and clubs used to gather there and, indeed, the inaugural meeting of Southerndown WI was held in Southerndown Cricket Pavilion on Monday, 1st November, 1948. 

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