The loss of Peter Hardwick at an all too young age was keenly felt by everyone who was part of Cowbridge Cricket Club during his decade of involvement with us.
We recall Pete as ‘Santa’ a popular and effective Club Coach, as a top class slow left arm bowler, as a groundsman and always as a source of wisdom. He loved cricket and all its camaraderie, but he loved his family more and it was a delight to have Dawn, Paul and Jayne accompany (and of course in Paul’s case play alongside) Pete for so long.
Pete was a Bristolian by birth and played all sports to a high standard but it was at cricket that Pete excelled. When Pete and his family moved over to South Wales it was to St Fagans that Pete first looked for his cricket and he enjoyed a long period of success there becoming the St Fagans’ leading wicket taker. However the prospect of becoming the Club Coach attracted Pete to the opportunity that Cowbridge presented.
The success of the Cowbridge Junior Section was dependent on Pete and he brought to the role humour and expertise in equal measure. The number and quality of the cricketers he produced was testament to his ability to motivate children; a part of Pete that was in evidence after his Cowbridge days as he worked in sports coaching for the Dragon Sport initiative.
Pete played a huge part in Cowbridge climbing the divisions of the SWCA as well. His economy rate was around two runs an over and the pressure on the batting side this created was extreme. No one was happier than Pete when in 2002 Cowbridge made it to Division One.
Pete’s love of cricket saw him turn out for all sorts of teams, many with a Wales title much to his amusement. For such a sociable man it was not a surprise that he made so many friends through sport.
We shall all miss Pete Hardwick.