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Ronald Kenneth Valentine, or "Sir Ron" as his clubmates fondly refer to him, has been the YMCA C.C. President since 1997 and is only the sixth person to hold this prestigious post since the end of World War Two.

Ron began his cricketing career for Gedling C.C. in his home town of Sheffield during the late 1950's and early sixties before moving to the west country in the late sixties where he eventually settled into his adopted home town of Portishead. However, it was not until 1975 that Ron was introduced to the Golden Hill based cricket club thanks to his former Bristol City Council colleague and current YMCA Vice Chairman, D.G.Williams.

The popular wicketkeeper batsmen made regular appearances in the Second, Third and Wanderers teams throughout the seventies and early eighties, making many vital contributions including a top score of 35* and countless catches and stumpings from behind the wickets. Sadly, many of Ron's runs and catches have been lost together with the scorebooks and, as a result, are not recorded in the Club Records.

It was not long before Ron took on extra duties and between 1983 - 1986 he successfully captained the Wanderers Eleven (now the Fourth Eleven) before becoming a regular wicketkeeper in Chris Drew's 'A' team during the early 90's.

After 15 or more years as a player Ron finally hung up his boots in 1997, although he continued to help out the club with occasional 'guest appearance'. To the majority of today's members, Ron is best known for his tireless 'off the field' contributions as Club President but also for his umpiring at home matches during the summer months.

Ron can truly be regarded as a YMCA CC clubman through and through.


Batting Average 7.3
Highest score 35*
Runs Scored 255
Bowling Average 19.0
Best Bowling 2-38
Wickets Taken 2

Born: 13 January 1925 in Sheffield

Year Joined YMCA: 1975

Nick Name: "Sir Ron" (given to me by Phil Dowle)

Playing Details: No longer playing at the club, but now Club President. Former wicket keeper batsmen.

Other clubs played for: Barrow Gurney

Best YMCA Match Played In: A match in the late eighties for the Wanderers Eleven, where we won by a narrow margin in a very high scoring game.

Favourite YMCA Batsmen (past or present): Alan Whale

Favourite YMCA Bowler (past or present): John Day

Favourite Cricket Ground: Golden Hill

Least Favourite Cricket Ground: Dundridge Farm, where I was unfortunate enough to loose five teeth!

Favourite Professional Cricketer: Len Hutton

Favourite Food: Steak

Favourite Drink: Whisky and Dry Ginger

Favourite Football Team: Sheffield Wednesday

Favourite Holiday Destination: Teneriffe

Motto In Life: Always try to be positive and look on the bright side of life.

2004 YMCA Cricket Club