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Squad List 2015

Filip Chitnis (Chepstow), Matthew Hall (Ebbw Vale), Callum Harrington (Pontymister), Owen Harris (Monmouth), David Hawkins (Newport Fugitives), Jack Hope-Bell (Newport), Ethan Jones (Ebbw Vale), Iwan Jones (Newport Fugitives), Owen Jones (Ebbw Vale), James Kellaway (Chepstow), Ethan Oliver (Ponthir), Harrison Parsons (Abercarn), Ollie Rayner (Chepstow), Noah Rice (Newport), Kameel Sahabdeen (Chepstow), Nicholas Thomas (Newport), Gethin Weaver (Ebbw Vale), Joe White

Match Report Summary 2015

Denotes a gold star performance of scoring 40 or more runs, taking three or more wickets.







192 for 8

37 all out  

Gloucester won

 by 155 runs


Gwent won the toss and chose to bowl first. They bowled tight early on with captain Ollie Rayner and Owen Harris reducing Gloucester to 27-2 off their first 10 overs. Gloucester then lost regular wickets and were 83-5 at drinks. Jack Hope-Bell showed great control for an 8 year-old, taking 3 quick wickets on debut. Gloucester then scored quickly as T.Boorman hit boundaries with ease and brought his 50 up in the twenty third over with the score on 133-5. Gwent fought hard towards the end of their innings but the Gloucester captain was star of the show scoring 98 as they ended up on 192-8 off their 35 overs.

Unfortunately, Gwent's reply was weak and some early wickets from Gloucester applied more pressure on the younger batsmen. Considering this was Gwent’s first game of the season, with most players experiencing the game at this level for the very first time,  they showed great fight and spirit in the field but a lack of experience of hard ball cricket showed when batting.

Best Performances: Jack Hope-Bell 4-27, Ollie Rayner 2-28, Noah Rice 1 catch and 1 run out

Mid Glamorgan

113 for 7

112 for 7 Mid Glamorgan

won by 3 wkts

Gwent won the toss and a highly entertaining match ensued. They posted a score of 112 -7 from their 35 overs which was a much improved performance over the previous match in Gloucestershire. Matthew Hall (17) & Ollie Rayner (14) put on 50 for the 1st wicket but both were dismissed soon afterwards. Harrison Parsons continued the momentum with a solid 22 but the Gwent tail did not push on to achieve a decent total on what proved to be a good batting pitch.

In reply, Mid-Glam went off at a rate of knots scoring at very good rate with, unfortunately too many runs runs coming by way of extras. Iestyn Williamson (29) batted very well and set up an exciting finish as the Gwent side fought back near the end taking four quick wickets with spinner Joe White getting 3-20 in 6 overs.   Filip Chitnis (2), Ollie Rayner and James Kellaway also took wickets and were well supported in the field with Matthew Hall taking a stumping and David Hawkins a catch. Mid-Glam ran out deserved winners by 3 wickets but the Gwent youngsters can take a lot from this match with a battling performance.

Best Performances:  Joe White 3-20, Harrison Parsons 22


233 for 5

91 all out Wiltshire won

by 142 runs

Gwent came up against a very strong Wiltshire outfit who scored an impressive total in 35 overs. In fairness to the Gwent youngsters it was a very small ground and difficult to restrict such a strong batting line up. The players, including four under nines and three under eights, did field with a lot of courage and skill and put their bodies on the line on many occasions throughout the innings. Ethan Oliver, Kameel Sahabdeen, Jack Hope-Bell and Joe White took a wicket apiece and Filip Chitnis a run out.

In reply, Gwent got off to a great start with Ollie Rayner (26) & Owen Harris (10) seeing them to 52 for 2 in only 11 overs. But once these two were out it was left to Filip Chitnis (12) and Ethan Jones (10no) to make the scoreline somewhat more respectable.

Best Performance: Ollie Rayner 26


182 for 6

64 all out Somerset won

by 118 runs

Somerset batted on a beautiful Millfield ground and posted a commanding total of 182-6 in their 35 overs with J. Burston getting a very good 49. He was dismissed one short of a deserved half century by an outstanding catch a short mid-wicket by Nicholas Thomas who displayed incredible reflexes and agility in getting to the ball. Burston was well supported by Rufus Williams-Pritchard (30) & Ollie Heard 30 not out. Owen Harris took 2 wickets for Gwent who really fielded well as a team for the full 35 overs.  Jack Hope-Bell, Ethan Oliver and Ethan Jones each took while Matthew Hall also took a catch and Hope-Bell a run out.

In reply Gwent got off to a shocking start losing their first 4 wickets for just six runs and never recovered.  They finally succumbed to 64 all out, although they did well to last 24 overs, with only James Kellaway (14) getting into double figures.  Again, this was another massive learning curve for Gwent’s youngest squad but they are improving in most areas from match to match.


177 for 3

65 for 6 Devon won

by 112 runs

Gwent asked Devon to bat first in freezing conditions and they proceeded to post a very good total 35 overs. Lawrence Walker (79no) & Cameron Ford (52) put together a partnership of 132 batting extremely well. Ollie Rayner, Ethan Oliver and Nicholas Thomas took the wickets, and Thomas a catch, for Gwent with Rayner bowling particularly miserly; his five overs costing just twelve runs.

In reply, Gwent never got going and only reached 65-6; only Ollie Rayner (20), Ethan Oliver (11no) & Owen Harris (10no) got into double figures. Devon strike bowler Ed Butler took 3-6 in his 4 overs.  However, they did occupy the crease for their allotted overs for the first time against an English county this season.

Best Performance: Ollie Rayner 20 & 1-12 in 5 overs


144 for 8

140 for 8 Herefordshire

won by 3 runs

Herefordshire won the toss and batted first.  They soon lost an early wicket but an 85-run partnership put them in the driving seat at drinks. Harry Sockett, with 50, retired and Luke van Vuuren 28 also batted well. Gwent then got back into the match with Jack Hope-Bell and Owen Harris bowling very well in the middle overs.  Harris, Iwan Jones and Owen Jones each took two wickets and Rayner one with he and Harris also taking a catch each.  This meant Herefordshire were restricted to an achievable total

In reply, Gwent also lost an early wicket but Ollie Rayner (45) & Matthew Hall (16)  put together a 57-run partnership at a good rate to put Gwent in a strong position. Needing a run a ball for the last eight overs Gwent kept going with James Kellaway (22) and Harrison Parsons (19) taking them very close. The team needed 8 off the last over but only managed 3 to just lose out in an exciting matchFull credit goes to Herefordshire for their fielding as they had 5 direct hit run outs.

Best Performances: Ollie Rayner 45,James Kellaway 22, Owen Harris 2-7, Owen Jones 2-2, Iwan Jones 2-25 
Cardiff & Vale

111 for 1

110 for 6 Cardiff & Vale

won by 9 wkts

Batting first, on a very cold day, Gwent batted very slowly all the way through their innings and, although they comfortably saw out their overs the total score was somewhat disappointing.  Ollie Rayner (16), Owen Harris (16), Nicholas Thomas (14) and Matthew Hall (12) all got starts but failed to build decent scores. It was left to James Kellaway (26) to give the innings some respectability and he batted very well in doing so. 

In reply, Cardiff & Vale comfortably reached their target in less than 14 overs with Zach Essenhigh getting 41 no off only 24 balls with seven boundaries. He was well supported by R. Leach who got 24no.  Owen Harris took the only wicket which he caught and bowled.

Best Performance: James Kellaway 26

Hereford     This match was cancelled by the opposition

281 for 3

58 all out Dorset won

223 runs

The young Gwent side came up against a formidable Dorset side at Bournemouth.  They had bowled and fielded well and restricted the opposition to 90-2 after 20 overs. However Connor Smith (77) and Keiron Laird (104no) led the Devon charge which saw 191 runs scored in the second 20 overs.  

In reply, Gwent collapsed to 58 all out with only Ollie Rayner reaching double figures, scoring a very good 23 before being bowled. The rest of the boys tried their hardest but the Dorset bowling attack was as impressive as its batting and they ran out worthy winners.

Best Performance: Ollie Rayner 23

Cardiff & Vale

144 for 8

101 all out Cardiff & Vale

won by 43 runs

Gwent won the toss and decided to bowl first at Ebbw Vale. They got off to a fantastic start having Cardiff & Vale in huge trouble at 6 for 5 off the first 8 overs. Opening spells from both Jack Hope-Bell and Ollie Rayner, with three wickets apiece, saw Cardiff & Vale’s top order crumble. Zac Essinghigh then came in at number 8 and batted superbly well rotating the strike and hitting the bad ball for four. He hit a superb 71 not out, scoring half his side's runs.  Gwent battled hard through the middle overs with James Kellaway bowling tightly with a good 7-over spell of off-spin.

In reply Gwent got off to a fantastic start scoring 36-0 off their first 10 overs. Ollie Rayner played very well with shots all around the wicket. Gwent then lost wickets regularly throughout the innings, however Ollie batted through and scored a fantastic 58 including 8 fours and a six. However, the team couldn't score fast enough to trouble the Cardiff & Vale total.

Best Performances: Ollie Rayner 58 & 3-25, Jack Hope-Bell 3-17



    This match was cancelled by the opposition
Aberystwyth Festival
Cardiff & Vale

101 all out

102 for 5 Cardiff & Vale

won by 5 wkts

Gwent lost the toss and were asked to bat by Cardiff & Vale. Gwent started well, scoring 30 off the first 8 overs with Ollie Rayner and Kameel Sahabadeen looking good at the crease.  Cardiff bowled well and used spin through the middle overs while Gwent lost wickets and ran poorly. Matthew Hall (15) and Ethan Jones (14) provided a fightback but Gwent were finally bowled out with eight balls left of their allotted total.

Cardiff & Vale started confidently scoring 25 for the fall of their first wicket. Filip Chitnis then bowled great off-spin taking three wickets including that of the dangerous Zac Essinghigh. Cardiff & Vale were restricted to 56-5 at the halfway stage and it was anybody's game. However, Henry Hurle then took the game away from Gwent by scoring 51 not out, including 10 fours leading to a Cardiff and Vale victory but only with eight balls left.

Best Performances: Filip Chitnis 3-12, Ollie Rayner 23

North East Wales

80 for 5

81 for 3 Gwent won

by 7 wickets

Gwent lost the toss and were asked to bat by North East Wales. They started their 20 overs slowly and scored at 3 runs an over off the first 6. Ollie Rayner found it hard to score boundaries and tight bowling from North East Wales applied lots of pressure but Harrison Parsons played with patience supporting him. After twelve overs Gwent were 46-2 and looking to push on with wickets in hand. When Harrison was run out from a direct hit by Wes Evans, Matthew Hall  joined Ollie Rayner and scored some quick boundaries helping Gwent to a creditable, but achievable, score.

The North East Wales openers started off well and kept up with the run rate and Filip Chitnis went for 16 off his first over but fought back with 3 quick wickets. North East Wales eventually needed 12 off the final 3 overs and 5 off the last one but the team held their nerve and Matthew Hall run out their batsmen off the final ball ensuring victory by the closest of margins. This was Gwent’s first win of the season!

Best Performances: Filip Chitnis 3-7, Ollie Rayner 2-8


69 for 7

70 for 2 Gwent won

by 1 run

Gwent lost the toss and Carmarthenshire decided to bat first and their openers started very slowly scoring 21 off the first 7 overs. Gwent looked to apply more pressure by putting spin on at both ends. Carmarthenshire took too many chances and lost wickets regularly. Filip Chitnis was yet again star of the show taking 3 wickets. Both openers scored double figures but the rest failed to trouble the score and Carmarthenshire finished on an achievable off their twenty overs.

Gwent started very positively with Matthew Hall timing the ball superbly. He scored quickly hitting the ball hard. Ethan Jones stayed with him and showed great patience in a supporting role. With the score on 50 Matthew was bowled for a quickfire 36 off 35 balls. Ethan Oliver and Noah Rice saw Gwent through to victory in the fifteenth over.  

Best Performances:  Filip Chitnis 3-23, Ollie Rayner 33, Mathew Hall 23