WLBU Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Premier Division 2019

Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Logo [References: 1]


WLBU Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Premier Division 2019

1Newport (C)1202024L1
4Gower A605312W1
5St. Joseph's607112W1
6Canton Cross608-12L2
8Fairwater Ladies001130L14

Table Compiled from Results Grid in Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Facebook Page. For Official Table please vist WLBU Facebook Page at [References: 2] Note: One Game between Diamonds and St. Joseph’s was a double forfeit.


Despite a strong end-of-season surge that saw Diamonds win seven games in a row to dominate the second half of the season, Newport picked up the last Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Premier Division title in 2019 before the COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic struck, cancelling the 2020 and 2021 seasons. Newport had indeed lost their final game of the season, but finished on 24 points from 12 wins, with Llanrumney second on 22 points from 11 wins and Diamonds third on 20 points from 10 wins. [References: 2]

From those three teams there was a large gap back to Gower A, St. Joseph’s and Canton Cross, who each finished with 12 points from 6 wins and then Railway on 8 points from four wins and Fairwater Ladies who lost all 14 matches. [References: 2]


Welsh Baseball is a version of Rounders and Baseball played primarily in South Wales, and also in Liverpool, where it is known as English Baseball. It is like a cross between Baseball, Rounders and Cricket. During the latter half of the 19th Century, the famous A.G. Spalding of Major League Baseball fame organised a Baseball Tour of England and Ireland, and in the process played a number of games against English and Welsh Rounders teams, who adopted some of the rules (such as tagging a playerout with the ball and two-handed batting). It kept the poles rather than flat bases and left the diamond in an irregular shape with all four sides unequal in length. Welsh Baseball also has a bat more like a Cricket Bat than a Baseball Bat, and it tapers towards the handle. According to sources in referenced in the articles below, Irish immigrants to Liverpool and South Wales were numerous among the Working Classes playing the game in the 20th Century. It is still played in South Wales and Liverpool but is now mostly a Children’s and Teenagers Game. [References: 3]


Logo References

[1] Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Facebook Page (2017) Profile Picture April 12 2017 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/21387949710/photos/a.10154678147744711.1073741828.21387949710/10155257824239711/?type=3&theater [Accessed 30 November 2017]

Results and Table Grid References

[2] Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Facebook (2019) Post, July 19, 2019 [Internet] Available from: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=10157463399844711&set=pb.100042887265665.-2207520000.. [Accessed 13 May 2022]

About and History References

[3] Welsh Ladies Baseball Union Facebook (2017) Around the Bases : Welsh Baseball union April / May 1988 [Internet] Available from: http://www.facebook.com/21387949710/photos/pcb.10155902328909711/10155902302069711/?type=3&theater [Accessed 30 November 2017][Actual Page Reference: https://www.facebook.com/Welsh-Ladies-baseball-Union-21387949710/photos/pcb.10155902328909711/10155902303314711 [Accessed 30 November 2017][Last Accessed 15 October 2021]


Thanks to Kate Hartnett, Cardiff University.


Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

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Last Updated: 13 May 2022

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