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Squad List 2008

Gareth Ansell (Llanarth), Henry Breeze (Llanarth), Ben Brooks (Monkswood), George Collins (Monkswood), Matthew Doyle (Llanarth), Luke Harris (Newport), Lewis Holley (Abergavenny), Matthew Jones (Newport), Adam Laasna (Croesyceiliog), George Lewis (Llanarth), Adam Malson (Monkswood), Amir Mian (Newport), Jamie Norman (Llanarth), Guy Nicholas (Chepstow), Callum Philpott (Llanarth), Sai Shesak Raju (Newport), Richard Rhyderch-Roberts (Llanarth), Oliver Thornhill (Chepstow), Ben Wellington (Newbridge)

Welsh National Championships

Having won the South Group, Gwent beat Mid Glamorgan in the semi-final and were due to play West Glamorgan in the Final but this was not played due to the weather.

Match Report Summary 2008









Mid Glamorgan

34 all out




139 for 6


Gwent won by 107 runs

Gwent scored a good total on a very damp wicket with Gareth Ansell and Richard Rhyderch-Roberts making half the total between them.  In reply, the opposition were skittled out thanks to a fine all-round bowling and fielding display.

Best Performances: Gareth Ansell 42, Richard Rhyderch-Roberts 32 with Luke Harris , Lewis Holley and Jamie Norman each taking two wickets.


Mid Glamorgan

101 All Out



                        174 - 5


Gwent won by 73 runs

A fine opening partnership of 58 by Matthew Jones and George Lewis was followed by a second-wicket partnership of 48 between Jamie Norman and Matthew Jones and led to a final total of 174 for 5.  Mid Glamorgan lost wickets steadily and were bowled out for 101 with some good bowling supported by excellent fielding.  A very good start to the Welsh Championship campaign.

Best Performances: Matthew Jones 70, Jamie Norman 26, George Lewis 25, Adam Malson 3-5, Matthew Jones 2 - 20


West Glamorgan

  62 -5



61 all out




West Glamorgan won by 5 wkts

Gwent got off to a slow start and were only 6 runs off 8 overs as the West Glamorgan bowlers gave nothing away.  In an effort to up the run-rate wickets were lost, mainly to poor shots, and Gwent slumped to 51 for 5 after 19 0vers.  Worse was to follow as the last five wickets added just 10 runs in 6 overs.  When West Glamorgan batted they to found it just as difficult as Gwent tried to get something out of their poor performance so far.  Three quick wickets fell as West Glam fell to 21 for 3 after 9 overs, thanks mainly to Ben Wellington, but a good 4th wicket stand of 32 runs by West Glamorgan put the game out of Gwent’s reach as they got their runs with the loss of 5 wickets in just 22 overs.

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 2-5, Matthew Jones 2-9



     78 all out 




111 all out  




Gwent won by 34 runs

Gwent got off to a poor start and were on 41 for 5 off just 14 overs and 70 for 7 after 23 with only Ben Wellington and Gareth Ansell scoring any runs.  A rearguard action by Lewis Holley and Adam Malson gave Gwent a respectable total of 111 in 38 overs.  Pembrokeshire got off to a slow but steady start until leg-spinner George Lewis came on and took three quick wickets to reduce them to 31 for 3 off 18 overs.  A good stand then put on 36 runs in the next 9 overs but Ben Wellington then took two quick wickets and some good fielding, with two run-outs, and bowling saw the opposition collapse from 67 for 3 to 78 all out in the space of 5 overs.

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 20, George Lewis 3-14, Ben Wellington 2-14, Matthew Jones 2-19, Luke Harris 1-8 (in 8 overs).


Cardiff & Vale

128 - 8




105 - 9


Cardiff & Vale won by 23 runs

Cardiff & Vale were on the ropes at 4 for 4 but a fine 5th wicket partnership of 90 between T Edwards and C Brown, abetted by several dropped catches and poor fielding, saw them reach 128 for 8 in their 40 overs.  Gwent also got off to a bad start and struggled to 23 for 4 after 10 overs and the poor batting continued with only Matthew Jones showing any resistance.

Best Performances: Matthew Jones 37no, Ben Wellington 2-11, Luke Harris 2-19




102 all out








Gwent won by 8 wkts

Carmarthen lost two early wickets, as both opening Gwent bowlers Sai Shesak Raju  and George Collins both bowled a good line, but recovered well with a good 3rd wicket stand of 40 runs to put them in a good position of 50 for 2 after 13 overs. Richard Roberts then ripped through the Carmarthen middle order with a good spell of leg break bowling and at 63 for 6 Carmarthen were in trouble.  A mini revival of 20 runs for the 7th wicket helped restore confidence but then the Gwent bowlers found their line and took the final 4 wickets for just 18 runs as Carmarthen collapsed to 101 all out in 35 overs.

Gwent lost an early wicket, but then a good partnership of 50 runs between Matthew Jones and Jamie Norman put Gwent in control. After losing Matthew, run out attempting a quick single, Jamie Norman and Ben Wellington put on 46 runs to win the game in just 30 overs.

Best Performances: Jamie Norman 54 no, Ben Wellington 22no, Richard Rhyderch-Roberts 4 for 11, George Collins 2 for 13






72 all out



138 all out


Gwent won by 66 runs

At 32 for 3 after 8 overs Gwent were in trouble but a partnership of 36 between Gareth Ansell and Ben Wellington rescued the situation although the team still only managed 138 all out.  In reply, Hereford got off to a flier and were 30 for 1 off 5 overs.  However, Ben Wellington ripped through the top order and George Lewis ensured they finished on 72 in just 23 overs.  A good win but the Gwent running between the wickets needs addressing after four run-outs.

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 35, George Lewis 3-5, Ben Wellington 3-6




140 - 7




139 - 5




Somerset won by 3 wkts



Gwent got off to a good start and were 31 for 1 after 10 overs and, with Ben Wellington and Jamie Norman putting on 45 runs together, they reached a reasonable total with Ben reaching his fifty.

When Somerset batted  Luke Harris took a wicket in his first over. A good partnership then developed before Richard Roberts and Jamie Norman took three quick wickets to leave them struggling on 53 for 4 after 21 overs.  However, they then recovered the situation and eventually won the game in the 37th over.

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 51,  Jamie Norman 40no & 2-11, Luke Harris 2-12




Match cancelled due to the weather 





51 all out





114 all out



Gwent won by 63 runs

A good second-wicket partnership of 50 runs between Gareth Ansell and Matthew Doyle (19) put Gwent in charge but the middle order collapsed and to 95 for 5 after just 25 overs. Gwent had George Lewis (14) to thank for reaching the moderate total of 114 all out in 31 overs and Gareth Ansell contributed nearly half the team's runs.

Worcester  were soon in trouble, however, as the Gwent seamers Luke Harris and S.Raju took 3 quick wickets to leave Worcester on 21 for 3 after 8 overs.   Seamer Henry Breeze carried on the good work by taking 3 wickets in a devastating spell of bowling which left Worcester in deep trouble at 29 for 6 after just 12 overs.   Gwent then introduced spin with good effect as George Lewis helped finish off the Worcester batting for just 51 runs.

Best Performances:  Gareth Ansell 43, Henry Breeze 3-6, George Lewis 3-8, Luke Harris 2-9 











Gwent won by 51 runs

Gwent lost a couple of early wickets and were 15 for 2 after 4 overs and 36 for 3 after 12 overs. Gwent were finding things difficult with only Matthew Jones batting with any fluency,and continued to struggled to 119 for 6 after 32 overs. Gwent then lost Jones for a fine 79 and it seemed, at 127 for 7, that Gwent would do well to reach 150.  Howver, a good unbeaten eighth wicket partnership of 45 between Richard Roberts and Luke Harris (13 n.o) enabled Gwent to reach 172 in their 40 overs.

Wiltshire batted they found the bowling of seamer Luke Harris difficult to handle as he took 2 wickets quickly to leave them on 16 for 2 after 7 overs. They then lost wickets regularly until they were 86 for 6 after 31 overs.  Richard Roberts bowled a fine spell of leg spin, conceding only 10 runs in his 7-over spell, which effectively ended any hopes of Wiltshire reaching the Gwent total despite having four wickets left at the finish.

Best Performances:  Matthew Jones 79, Richard Roberts 33no, Luke Harris 2-8, Richard Roberts 1-7

Cardiff & Vale     Match cancelled due to the weather 
Dorset     Match cancelled due to the weather 



87 all out




87 all out




Gwent got off to a solid start thanks to Matthew Jones and Ben Wellington who comfortably reached 41 for 0 after 10 overs.  Wickets then started to fall and, with Matthew  third out with 27, the innings fell apart and Gwent were all out for just 87 in 30 overs.

Gloucester also got off to a solid start and, at 20 with out loss after 8 overs, looked in control.  However, Richard Roberts and Matthew Jones bowled two fine spells of leg spin to claim 3 wickets each and reduce Gloucester to 84 for 8 after 30 overs.  Gwent's third leg spinner, George Lewis, then took the ninth wicket and finally the tenth, stumped, when the scores were level.

Best Performances: Richard Roberts 3-9, Matthew Jones 3-15 & 27, George Lewis 2-12