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Squad List 2018

Harrison Allin (Newport), Seb Bowen (), Bruno Chitnis (Chepstow), Jak Cosker (Newport), Jac Couchman (Sudbrook), Olly Jones (Abergavenny), Jac Kenchington (Brecon), Thomas Krige (Newport), Rhys Miles (Abertillery), John Newington-Bridges (Llanarth), Ryan Price (Usk), Jacob Protheroe (Newport), Ellis Richards (Rogerstone), Teddy Smith-Milne (Usk), Will Truckel (Chepstow), Harry Wallace (Newport)

Match Report Summary 2018

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





196 for 6

53 all out Gloucester

won by

137 runs

Gwent welcomed Gloucestershire to Abergavenny CC for which, for most of the squad, was their very first match for the county. Gloucestershire won the toss and chose to bat first.  Their batsmen showed some great talent, despite their young age, in particular Bowden (55) and Burton (37*) caught the eye. Wickets were spread around the Gwent bowlers, who along with the rest of the team showed great character and stuck to their task throughout the innings.

Gwent started the innings losing quick wickets thanks to the bowling of Tegg (4 for 9). This was a theme throughout the innings as Taylor (3 for 6) continued Tegg’s good work. Some resistance was put up by the Gwent lower order but they never recovered from the early losses.

This was a baptism of fire for the inexperienced Gwent boys but it is hoped they will learn from the experience and improve as the season goes on.


145 fo9

48 all out Dorset

won by

97 runs

Dorset welcomed Gwent to their first away fixture at Bournemouth, where they were greeted by sunny skies and great hospitality. Gwent won the toss and, playing to their strength, decided to field first.  John Newington-Bridges and Seb Bowen took the new ball between them and kept the Dorset opening batsman on their toes.  However, a bowling change saw leg-spinner Ryan Price  take the first wicket of the innings. Further bowling changes saw Ellis Richards, Harrision Allin and Bruno Chitnis pick up wickets progressively with the Dorset batsman steadily adding to the total with some lovely stroke-play. Some excellent fielding from Chitnis and Bowen saw two more wickets fall to run-outs, with Bowen also taking a superb catch.

Gwent couldn’t quite muster a start to their innings. They lost two early wickets and, despite some stubborn resistance from Jac Couchman and Newington-Bridges, they lost wickets at regular intervals leaving them all out 97 runs short of the target.

Despite this the side continued to show great commitment on the field, and were commended for the spirit in which they played the game. It was a very good all-round bowling and fielding performance showing some lessons had been learnt from the previous match.  There is clearly development needed in the batting department and for batters to focus on 'occupying the crease'.

Best Performance: Ryan Price 2 for 23


133 for 4

131 for 3 Devon

won by

6 wkts

Gwent and Devon arrived at Newport CC to be greeted with another spell of excellent weather. At the toss, Gwent’s captain Thomas Krige decided to change tactics from the first two games, choosing to bat first. After two early wickets John Newington-Bridges joined Krige at the crease. The pair showed great determination to ensure the team would bat their 35 overs, improving on the last two team batting performances. Krige played a fine innings for his 36 runs while Newington-Bridges stole the rest of the show reach with an awesome 50 not out; the first for a Gwent player this year. 

Gwent took to the field for the second innings enthused at their accomplishment in the first. They bowled and fielded to the same great standard they had done so in their previous two games. However, the Devon batsman denied them their first win of the year.  Some brilliant batting from Devon’s Alsop (46*) and Matthew Whalley (37) ensured that Gwent’s first innings total was comfortably reached.

Gwent again have shown great progress with both the bat and ball, and look for further improvement when they face Wiltshire in a weeks’ time.

Best Performances: John Newington-Bridges 50 not out, Thomas Krige 36

166 for 9

60 all out Wiltshire

won by 106 runs

It took until the middle of August for Gwent U10s to encounter a very green wicket as they welcomed Wiltshire to Usk CC after a few days of rain. Gwent won the toss and elected to field which seemed like a good decision as Seb Bowen (3 for 27) took two wickets in his first over. Despite losing more of their top batsman opener Collingwood (46) continued to steady the ship, with an excellent partnership alongside Ollie Butterworth (37), leaving Gwent with a sizeable target.

Unfortunately, Gwent could never get going against a very strong Wiltshire bowling attack. Albert Weeden led the attack with the very impressive figures of 3 for 6 from 5 overs. Despite batting for 26 overs, none of the Gwent batters looked comfortable and they were eventually all out for a disappointing score.

Best Performances: Seb Bowen 3 for 27


104 all out

106 for 2 Gwent

won by

8 wkts

Herefordshire decided to bat first on a firm, but green wicket, at Sudbrook CC.  They started well with opener Kieron Dover (27) giving the away side a steady start.  However, it wasn’t long until Gwent took their first wicket, but despite this Dover continued to strike the ball well, maintaining the solid start.  However, a bowling change saw Ellis Richards and Ryan Price come into the fray and quickly dispatch five of the Herefordshire batsman. This was a sign of things to come and with Harrison Allin taking two wickets the opposition were bowled out in 28 of the allotted 35 overs.  There was also a good fielding display with Jac Kenchington taking a catch and a run out and Harry Wallace and Teddy Smith-Milne (who shared the wicket-keeping duties) completing one dismissal each.

Gwent captain Tom Krige opened the batting looking to build on his innings from the previous game. He went on to score his first half-century for Gwent, displaying some superb stroke play. Good support came from  Jac Couchman (16*) who saw Gwent home with an eight wicket win after only 19 overs.

This was a great team performance demonstrating how well the players had learnt from the previous three matches.  So much so, that they had turned a 137-run defeat in their first match into an eight-wicket victory in their fourth.

Best Performances: Thomas Krige 51, Ellis Richards 3 for 7 and Ryan Price 2 for 15 Harrison Alin 2 for 18
Cardiff & Vale

177 for 7

128 all out Cardiff & Vale

won by

40 runs

Cardiff and Vale won the toss and chose to bat on what proved to be a batsman's paradise. They got off to a solid start keeping the Gwent opening bowlers at bay.  The Gwent captain John Newington-Bridges had other ideas, though, running out both of the Cardiff openers with some great reactive fielding, then following it up by taking two catches. Walker (32) and Sheppard (23) produced a fine partnership to, seemingly, take the game away from Gwent. However, the Gwent bowling partnership of Ryan Price and Ellis Richards, whose combined 5 wickets cost just 41 runs, restricted the final total which, at one stage, seemed destined for 200 plus.

Gwent could never quite get their innings rolling however. Cardiff’s bowlers kept the lines and lengths tight giving them little opportunity to score runs. Harry Wallace, though, showed excellent character to keep his wicket intact, eventually reaching 30 runs before being dismissed.  From here on, the Gwent batsman gave it their all to chase down the total led by Newington-Bridges with. However, it was always going to be a tall order with the side falling well short in the final over.

Best Performances: John Newington-Bridges 4 dismissals in the field,  Ryan Price 3 for 35, Harry Wallace 30, Ellis Richards 2 for 6

Cardiff & Vale

111 for 8

108 for 8 Cardiff & Vale

won by

2 wkts

It was agreed to play a two innings game of 17 overs per innings. This was an interesting experiment which gave more players the opportunity to perform with bat and ball and was deemed a success in that regard.

The performance details of the Gwent side have not been made available but this was more an exercise in overall player involvement and development than individual performance.


85 all out

86 for 1 Gwent

won by

9 wkts

Gwent travelled to Brockhampton CC to play their reverse fixture against Herefordsire.  Batting first looked the correct decision, given the humid conditions, by the Hereford captain.  However, it did not take long for Gwent to pick up their first wicket inside the third over. This was to be the theme of the innings with Gwent picking up wickets at regular intervals. The leg spin pair of Ryan Price, with a terrific 4-over spell of 4 wickets for 7 runs, and Harrison Allin (2 for 13) stole the show with the ball.  There was also a great all-round fielding performance with Bruno Chitnis taking 3 catches and keeper Will Truckel two with the opposition bowled out within 25 overs.

In reply, Harry Wallace led the way with a superb undefeated half-century, never looking like he would be dismissed as Gwent cruised to victory inside 14 overs. 

(Credit should be given to the Herefordshire players and coaches who, despite suffering a heavy defeat,  were willing to continue to play on, allowing all the Gwent batsmen to reach the crease by playing a short 10 over pairs format game.)

Best Performances: Harry Wallace 50no, Ryan Price 4 for 7, Bruno Chitnis 3 catches
West Glamorgan

96 all out

139 all out Gwent

won by

43 runs

Electing to bat first, Gwent looked to score a good total of another dry summer's day. This, though, was not to be the way the West Glamorgan bowlers wished for the game to go. Wickets tumbled throughout the course of the innings led by H. Thomas and T. Sona of West Glamorgan.  was the most notable batsman for the Gwent side, with his innings allowing the team to at least reach a defendable total.

In reply, however, Gwent were every bit as good with the ball in their hands. Olly Jones and John  led the way for Gwent swinging the ball both ways and taking two wickets apiece. The remaining wickets were spread around the other bowlers as Gwent bowled their opposition out in 27 overs.

 Best Performances: Jac Couchman 32, John Newington-Bridges 2 for 8, Olly Jones 2 for 13

West Glamorgan

44 all out

106 all out Gwent

won by

62 runs

Another hot summer's day saw Gwent travel to Briton Ferry Town CC to face West Glamorgan. Winning the toss, they went into bat optimistic of posting a good total on a dry and flat wicket. However, the West Glamorgan bowlers went to work quickly dismissing the top order for less than 40 runs. This pattern continued despite stubborn resistance from the lower order. The final total was disappointing and the players left the pitch with all the West Glamorgan players sharing the spoils. 

Gwent returned to the field undeterred by the first innings. Knowing they needed to bowl out the home team to secure the win, they quickly set to work. JakCosker and John Newington-Bridges led the fight back with three wickets apiece for a combined total of just 19 runswith some superbly accurate bowling .  What promised to be a run-fest had turned into a bowler's paradise. a

Best Performances: JakCosker 3 for 7, John Newington Bridges 3 for 12

West Glamorgan

108 for 6

134 for 2 Gwent

won by

26 runs

Gwent won the toss and elected to bat on a very wet day on the astroturf. Harry Wallace batted superbly aided by Thomas Krige and Olly Jones. A key feature was the brilliant running between the wickets which was highlighted by Wallace (24no) and Jac Couchman (17no). Also the left hand right hand combination caused the West Glamorgan bowlers problems with their accuracy although the ball must have been like a bar of soap.  Gwent posted a competitive total in their 20 overs.

When West Glamorgan had their chance to bat, they got off to a good start but the accuracy and variety of the Gwent attack coupled with brilliant fielding in such atrocious conditions meant they fell short by 26 runs.

Cardiff & Vale

169 for 14

184 for 5 Gwent


Gwent won the toss and elected to bat on a very wet day in a two innings T20 against Cardiff & Vale.  Opener Harry Wallace batted well for his 34 in support of an excellent 40 from Thomas Krige. Once more the key feature was the brilliant running between the wickets which put the opposition fielders under severe pressure. Gwent finished on 93 for 2 and, when Cardiff & Vale had their chance to bat, the accuracy and variety of the Gwent attack coupled with brilliant fielding meant they were 18 runs, behind with the first innings completed, having lost 6 wickets.

Teddy Smith-Milne (19), Will Truckell (18), Jack Couchman (18no) and Jack Kenchington (11no) were the key batters in the Gwent second innings total which set the opposition 109 to win. The stage was set for an exciting run chase by Cardiff & Vale and they did not disappoint. Blades, Griffiths, Sheppard, Burrows and Carnell all batted well but it was left to  Popple (28) to really put Gwent under pressure with an aggressive innings. When he eventually perished Gwent turned the screw and more wickets tumbled than runs scored and 5 run outs by the excellent Gwent fielding unit saw Gwent win by 15 runs.

Over the two innings Ryan Price, Kenchington and Jak Cosker took two wickets apiece and John Newington-Bridges, Harrison Allin and Richards took one each.

North East Wales

94 for 3

96 for 8 Gwent

won by

2 wkts

North East Wales won the toss and elected to bat in a game reduced to 15 overs because of the weather.  Gwent started well by taking two early wickets – one a run out and the other a fantastic one handed catch from Tom Krige.  Kalmai and Pryde then took control with some excellent batting and running from the two batsmen. They finished on a competitive total and Gwent, who had decided to get everybody involved both batting and bowling, would be asked their biggest question of the tour so far.  Ellis Richards took 2 wickets and Thomas Krige one.

Gwent lost 4 wickets with only 14 on the board and if Gwent were to maintain their unbeaten record on tour someone would have to stand up to the pressure. The two Jacs, Couchman and Kenchington, brought much needed impetus to the innings until a ball to Couchman did not bounce and he was bowled. Wickets fell at regular intervals but Kenchington was still there looking for someone to stay with him. He eventually found that partner in number ten for the day, Ellis Richards. Kenchington had played a fantastic nerveless innings of 36no and, with Richards (11no), saw Gwent to victory off the very last ball of the game.