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Squad List 2009

Ryan Avery (Croesyceiliog), Iestyn Harris (Croesyceiliog), Scott Archer (Malpas), Benito Carnevale (Malpas), Robert Clarke (Newport), Joseph Doherty (Newport), Martin Evans (Blackwood), Ellis Ferriman (Sudbrook), Sam Hope-Bell (Newport), Gavin Nash (Ebbw Vale), Lewis Parr (Croesyceiliog), Sam Proctor (Newport), Joseph Rabaiotti (Newport), Tom Simkiss (Ponthir), Charlie Smith (Ponthir), Ben Supple (Sudbrook), Elliot Thomas (Sudbrook), Ieuan Tippins (Panteg), Ryan Ward (Malpas), Joshua Waters (Blackwood)

Season's Summary

The Gwent U10s season was a good experience for all involved, with the highlight being the winners of the CBW Spirit of Cricket Cup at the Welsh Festival in Aberystwyth. (The above photos are of that squad.)  The squad played six friendlies leading up to the Welsh Festival, winning two games and losing four. These games were played against tough opposition from Wales and England and, even though the squad faced some heavy defeats, the team spirit didn’t drop and the experience had a positive impact on the players' techniques.

At the Welsh Festival, the squad won 2 out of the 3 games against West Glamorgan and Carmarthenshire and narrowly lost to Cardiff in the final over of the game.  It was the first time many of the boys had been away from home, yet their behaviour was outstanding at the accommodation and their cricket performances matched their off the field behaviour.

Throughout the year the squad has developed a good work ethic on the field with every player playing their part.  Players have been consistent in their performances throughout the year but special mention goes to Ben Supple, who performed very well as captain and  with bat and ball throughout the season.

As this was their first year for most of the squad, coaches Mike Beacham and John Davies were very impressed by the boy’s behaviour throughout the year and the improvements they made technically, tactically, mentally and physically. This year has been an ideal starting point for their playing careers and we hope all the boys keep improving, by working hard at their all-round game, and continue to enjoy playing their cricket.

The Happy Coaches!


Match Report Summary 2009








85 for 7


87 for 8

Gwent won by 2 wickets Gwent restricted the Hereford score through some good bowling in particular by Tom Simkiss, Ben Supple and Josh Waters and Robert Clarke took an excellent high catch.  In reply, Gwent lost wickets regularly but Scott Archer with 19no steadied the ship and with Ben Supple 15 saw Gwent home by two wickets.



51 all out




92 for 7



Gwent won by 41 runs

Gwent lost the toss and were put into bat first on a soft green wicket at Ebbw Vale Cricket Club. They had a nervous start with the loss of Ben Supple early but with some good batting by Ryan Ward (10), Scott Archer (16) and Sam Hope-bell (16) Gwent looked at ease. However, Carmarthenshire brought on their leg-spinner and captain Ellis Richards, and had Gwent’s batsmen in trouble, taking 3 wickets for 6 Runs off 7 Overs. But Charlie Smith (15no) and Josh Waters (10no) guided Gwent to 92 for 7 off their 35 Overs.

In the Carmarthen Batting innings Gwent bowled exceptionally well by making the batsmen play and only bowling 4 wides throughout the innings. Regular wickets fell in the Carmarthen innings but captain Ben Supple ended with figures of 4 Overs 2 Maidens 3 Wickets for 2 Runs and with the other wickets being shared around Gwent finished up winners by 41 runs.


West Glamorgan



Match cancelled due to the weather



130 for 7



27 all out


Devon won by 103 runs


Gwent won the toss and decided to bowl first on a green wicket at Exeter School. Gwent started well with opening bowlers Josh Waters and Scott Archer, however Devon scored at 4 runs per over consistently throughout the middle of their innings, until Ieuan Tippins and Martin Evans slowed the Devon innings, concluding on 130 for 7.

Gwent thought this was a competitive total, however with a combination of good bowling from Devon and some below average shots from the Gwent batsmen, Gwent were bowled out for only 27. Devon winning by 103 runs.




294  for  1




97 all out



Berkshire won by 197 runs

The game was dominated by an excellent batting innings by the Berkshire opening batsmen, Tom Scriven. Out of 294 runs, Tom scored 180 not out, being supported by Adam Barnes 55 not out. Tom was helped with some inconsistent bowling from Gwent but he showed that he could score all around the ground and put the bad ball to the boundary.

In reply, Gwent managed to score 97 off 33.3 overs, with star batsman Josh Waters 40 not out, playing with determination and intelligence. Ben Supple, Elliot Thomas, and Lewis Parr also provided some resistance to the Berkshire bowlers.  Robert Clarke performed an excellent direct hit to run the opening batsman out.


93 all out



Wiltshire won by 9 wickets Gwent were outplayed by a very strong Wiltshire team with only Scott Archer (24)  getting runs and Benito Carnevale taking the one and only wicket. However, the players stuck to their task in the field and never gave up.


22 for 1



80 all out


Match Abandoned

Dorset won the toss and elected to bowl on a overcast day, which proved to be a good decision. Regular wickets fell throughout the Gwent innings, with Ben Supple (22) the only Gwent batsman to put up any real resistance to the Dorset bowlers.

As the rain started to fall, Gwent started their bowling innings well, with Josh Waters bowling their opening batsmen who had previously made 110 in his last match. However, the rain became heavier and the game was abandoned.



77 for 6


75 for 9


Cardiff won by 4 wickets

On soft wicket after heavy overnight rain, Cardiff and the Vale put Gwent into bat. It was hard to bat on to begin with, however opener and captain Ben Supple managed to score 15 before being trapped lbw. Gwent’s middle order made hard work in scoring runs, but Josh Waters put up some resistance to the Cardiff attack with 10 no.

Gwent started their bowling innings very well, and created some early chances, however could not take all of them. With the introduction of spin and medium pace bowling into the attack, Gwent slowed the Cardiff and Vale run-rate down but they needed just 12 runs to win off 12 overs.  However,  with wickets falling against some accurate bowling, it came down to 6 runs off 2 overs and Cardiff sneaked over the line with some strong batting. Special mention goes to Sam Proctor, who took 2 wickets, and Josh Waters and Benito Carnevale who were unlucky not to take more than one wicket apiece.


Cardiff & Vale

101 for 4


109 all out

Cardiff & Vale won by 6 wickets Elliot Thomas made 21 out of the Gwent total and took a wicket as did Ryan Ward.  However, Cardiff's running between the wickets enabled them to pass the Gwent total with two overs to spare.
West Glamorgan     97 for 6  



Gwent won by 5 wickets Ben Supple was instrumental in keeping the opposition score down, taking 2 for 4 in 6 overs.  Josh Waters was the other Gwent bowler to take a wicket. 

Ben (23) and Josh (21) then led the reply as Gwent reached their target comfortably with 15 overs left


102 for 6


103 for 9

Gwent won by 1 wicket Carmarthen relied very much on Elis Richards who scored 61no of his side's total.  Sam Hope-Bell ,  Tom Simkiss , Ieuan Tippins, Joshua Waters each took a wicket while Ben Supple was the pick of the bowlers with 2 wickets for just 3 runs in 4 overs. 

In reply, Gwent passed the target with the last pair at the crease.  Ryan Ward top-scored with 22.