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Squad List 2012

George Bazley (Chepstow), Tomos Evans (Newport), Toby Haines (Chepstow), Krishnan Hariharan (Newport), Aadil Hassan (Malpas), Sion Hayward (Abergavenny), Ellis James (Malpas), Thomas Lynbeck (Newport), Richard Monnington (Abergavenny), Travis Morgan (Newbridge), Scott O'Leary (Sudbrook), Thomas Protheroe (Newport Fugitives), William Smale (Newport), Dewi Thomas (Machen), Jack Waters (Newport), Oscar Waters (Newport)



Match Report Summary 2012

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






West Glamorgan

130 for 2

132 for 7 Gwent won by

3 wickets

West Glamorgan batted first and started very slowly with Gwent bowling very tightly. However, a partnership of 97 in 34 overs by Nathan Lee (55 no) & Ryan Thomas (43) saw them reach a competitive score of 130-2 in 40 overs on a slow, low wicket. Ellis James took the 2 wickets to fall and Tom Lynbeck, again, bowled very economically only conceding 11 runs in 8 overs.

In reply Gwent lost early wickets and at one stage were 54-6 off 20 overs but Scott O’Leary was still there batting very well. He was joined by number eight Oscar Waters (12) and they put together a magnificent partnership of 75 runs which took Gwent to a nailbiting last over still needing eight to win. Scott was joined by Ellis James (6no) and with only one ball left still needed 3 to win. Ellis crashed a drive over mid off and they started running for their lives and incredibly ran three to win the game. Scott finished the match unbeaten on 67.  

Best Performances: Scott O'Leary 67no, Ellis James took two wickets



133 for 5

136 for 7 Gwent won by

3 wickets

Gwent asked Pembroke to bat first and the opening bowlers contained the top order batsmen to only 21 off 8 overs. The introduction of spinner Tom Lynbeck also kept the pressure on as he conceded only 14 runs in 8 overs taking 2 wickets. Gwent restricted Pembroke to 133-5 off 40 overs with L.Bartlett batting very well for 36 and O. Wheeler a patient 29. Aadil Hassan took 2 wickets in his 8 overs and Oscar Waters 1 in 4.

In reply, Gwent were 13-2 early on but a partnership of 66 in 17 overs by Dewi Thomas (31) & Scott O’Leary (32) steadied the ship. Pembroke made Gwent fight all the way but a timely knock of 24no by Travis Morgan saw Gwent home with only 4 balls to spare.

Best Performances: Scott O'Leary 32, Dewi Thomas 31, Tom Lynbeck and Aadil Hassan both took two wickets




146 for 8

169 for 4 Gwent won by

 23 runs

Gwent won the toss, elected to bat first and, after a slow start, were put in a good position by openers Richard Monnington (45) & William Smale (37). They put on 80 for the first wicket in 22 overs and set a platform for the rest of their batsmen. George Bazley came in and played a typical belligerent cameo of 21 off only 14 balls to give the innings some impetus and, with Tomos Evans getting 24no at the end, Gwent finished on a very competitive 169-4 off 40 overs. 

In reply Pembroke also made a slow start, due mainly to the accurate bowling of Dewi Thomas and Ellis James, and were only on 27 from the first 10 overs.  Aadil Hassan also bowled a miserly spell, only conceding 7 runs off 5 overs, which put Pembroke way behind the clock. Lewis Hough (28 no) & Noah Davies (24) tried very hard to accelerate the innings but spinners Thomas Lynbeck and Scott O’Leary kept things in check and only conceded 36 runs in 12 overs, taking 3 wickets in the process. A late flourish towards the end saw Pembroke reach 146-8 but Gwent ran out worthy winners by 23 runs.

Best Performances:  Richard Monnington 45, William Smale 37, Tomos Evans, Thomas Lynbeck and Dewi Thomas each took two wickets.

Mid Glam

77 all out

347 for 2 Gwent won by 270 runs

Upon winning the toss Gwent decided to bat and the decision was justified when William Smale and Richard Monnington put on 116 for the first wicket before Monnington was dismissed for 42. Smale then went on to make a magnificent 117 with 19 boundaries and retired in the 24th over. This brought Scott O’Leary and George Bazley together and both batted with confidence and some excellent strokes helped them compile an unbeaten stand of 155 with O’Leary finishing on 77no (11 fours and 1 six) and Bazley on 72no (13 fours). The innings closed on 347-2. Mid Glamorgan stuck at it in the field with some good fielding and bowling especially from Jessica Thornton. 

The Mid Glamorgan batters found it extremely difficult against the Gwent bowlers who were well led by Ellis James and lost wickets at regular intervals due to some good line and length bowling. This was well backed up in the field resulting in two run outs.  Mid Glamorgan’s innings ended in the twenty-first over as they were dismissed for 77, Gwent running out worthy winners by 270 runs.

Best Performances: William Smale 117no rtd, Scott O'Leary 77no, George Bazley 72no, Richard Monnington 42, Ellis James 2 for 7 in 4 overs

Note:  This was the highest ever innings score by a Gwent team, of any age (in terms of runs per over) on record, as was the partnership between Scott O'Leary and George Bazley.  William Smale, meanwhile became the second-youngest Gwent Young Cricketer centurion!


Match cancelled due to the weather

Cardiff & Vale

99 for 9

155 for 7 Gwent won by

 56 runs

Gwent were asked to bat first on a damp wicket and played very sensibly in the conditions with most batsmen contributing.  William Smale (24) and Richard Monnington built a solid foundation with an opening partnership of 36 in 12 overs. Three quick wickets then fell but a typically belligerent innings of 39 off 40 balls by George Bazley gave the innings the impetus it needed. He helped take the score from 46 for 3 to 103 for 5 and was ably supported by Monnington who was out in the 26th over for a patient 27.   Jack Waters (21no) and Sion Hayward (17) then ensured a very competitive total was achieved.

In reply Cardiff never got to grips with the accurate Gwent bowlers and lost wickets on a regular basis.  Much credit must be given to ten year-old Teg Phillips who batted right through the innings for 41no and was the only batsman to get into double figures. Tomos Evans put in a 'gold star' performance by taking 4 wickets for 8 runs off 7 overs. Jack Waters took two wickets and Oscar Waters, Tom Lynbeck and Aadil Hassan one apiece.  A fine all-round performance by Jack Waters saw him also take two catches while Aadil Hassan and Ellis James also showed they had safe hands.

Best Performances: Tomos Evans 4 for 8, George Bazley 39



  Gwent Pembroke Mid Glam Carmarthen Cardiff & Vale   Played Won Lost Aband Pts
Cardiff & Vale 4 22 22 22 XXXXXXXX 4 3 1 0 70
Gwent XXXXXXXX 20 22 6 20 4 3 0 1 68
Pembroke 5 XXXXXXXX 20 22 1 4 2 2 0 48
Carmarthen 6 4   XXXXXXX 3 3 0 2 1 13
Mid Glam 2 2 XXXXXXXXX   4 3 0 3 0 8

The team for the first match against Gloucester


151 for 5

88 all out Gloucester won by 63 runs  It was thought that the toss would be crucial to win so Gwent thought they had the edge when they won it and put Gloucester in to bat.  However, the pitch played well throughout, although it did get rather low in the second innings.  The opposition got off to steady start putting on 43 for the first wicket before three quick wickets brought Gwent back in to it.  However, a 48-run partnership between Theo Hayward (55)and Sujan Canagarajah (25) put them in the driving seat and they finished on a competitive total.  The pick of the bowlers was Richard Monnington with two wickets, while Oscar Waters and Tomos Evans also bowled tight spells.  However, the downside for Gwent was the fielding with several mistakes costing boundaries and while four catches were taken, with Travis Morgan taking two on his debut, as many were dropped, all off their top-scorer.  An extras total of 33 also tells its own story.

In reply, Gwent got off to a slow start with their runs coming mainly from extras.  However, at 43 for 2, with Tomos Evans (13) batting steadily and George Bazley (17) blazing away with four boundaries, the wheels came off, and the team collapsed to 61 for 9.  The last-wicket pairing of Richard Monnington (11no) and Ellis James (13) then showed the others how it should be done by hitting bad balls for four and scampering singles, putting on 19 in the last four overs.  Gwent were all out off the last ball as the pair tried for one last run.


99 for 5

98 all out  


 won by 5 wkts

Gwent batted first on a drying wicket and were soon in big trouble losing their first six wickets for 30 runs in 16 overs.  Jack Waters(31 no) & Ellis James (20) steadied the ship with a 25-run partnership. Nine year-old Max Herring joined Waters and hung around for a few overs helping to put on 15 for the last wicket.  He also took a catch and fellow debutant Daniel Leonard was one of only three Gwent batters to get into double figures.

In reply Hereford also lost early wickets and at one stage were 3 wickets down for 11 runs and then 31-4 after 9 overs. A 37-run partnership by T. Hubbard (18) and D. Larkin (32 no) steadied the innings and with extras piling up they soon got over the line to win by 5 wickets.  Aadil Hassan took two wickets and Max Herring and Ellis Jame ones apiece.


Match cancelled due to the weather.


148 for 5

151 for 7 Gwent won by

3 wickets

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat on a dry pitch and got off to a good start due to some early wayward Gwent bowling. Both openers reached double figures but the introduction of seamer Richard Monnington (Abergavenny) and spinner Thomas Lynbeck (Newport) put on the brakes to the free scoring. Monnington finished his spell with 1-21 off 5 overs and Lynbeck bowled a superb spell of off-spin only conceding 4 runs in 8 overs with 6 maidens. The continuance of spin with Scott O’Leary (Sudbrook) also reaped dividends with him taking 2-27 in 8 overs. However Somerset rallied in the latter part of their innings,  with Sam Young getting 40 no and Josh Whitemore 31and finished on 148-6 off 40 overs. William Smale had one stumping, Krishnan Hariharan a catch and George Bazley a run-out.

In reply Gwent, got off to a very good solid start with Dewi Thomas (Machen) 26 and William Smale (Newport) 31 putting on 53 for the first wicket. A mini collapse saw Gwent struggle a bit in the middle overs but most batsmen made a contribution. It was left to man of the match Thomas Lynbeck (17no) and Scott O’Leary (10no), who put on 28 in an unbeaten eighth wicket partnership, to see Gwent home with 3 wickets and 2.4 overs to spare.

Best Performance: William Smale 31.  While not strictly meeting the above criteria, it was agreed by the coaches that Thomas Lynbeck should be awarded a star for his all-round performance with bat and ball.


183 for 8

136 all out Wiltshire won

by 47 runs

Gwent asked Wiltshire to bat first and an indifferent bowling & fielding display in the first 20 overs saw Wiltshire get off to a flier (95-2). However, a spirited fightback by Gwent saw Wiltshire reach only 183-8 off their 40 overs.  Miles Kantolina got 50 and four other batsmen got 20’s.

In reply Gwent lost two early wickets but Richard Monnington (24) & Scott O’Leary (26) steadied the ship and took them past 50 before Monnington was bowled. All seemed lost when O’Leary lost his wicket soon after but U10 player James Archer got 30 in quick time to give Gwent some hope. However, two 2 run-outs and the return of opening bowler J. Brown (3-10) left Gwent all out on 136.  Tomos Evans and Sion Hayward each took a catch.

This was a supreme effort by a Gwent side with several regular players missing and three U10 squad players in the team. It was a great experience for these youngsters who performed admirably against their older counterparts.  Max Herring took 1 wicket for 30, Harry Bachelor took 2-35  & James Archer top scored in the innings with 30.

Best Performance: James Archer 30


150 for 5

156 for 6 Gwent won by

8 runs

Gwent won the toss and decided to bat first on a firm but green wicket and got off to a fair start with Richard Monnington (8) & William Smale (20) seeing off the Dorset opening bowlers. But it was Scott O’Leary (39) & George Bazley (38) who set up a competitive score with a 69-run partnership which took Gwent to a total of 156-6 off 40 overs.  

In reply, Dorset had a slow but solid start with Sam Taylor getting 16 but Gwent opened with spin from one end which proved to be crucial as off spinner Tom Lynbeck bowled 8 overs and took 1-16. This put Dorset behind the run rate and with star player Scott Currie losing his wicket, to a superb catch by Jack Waters, for only 5 runs, Dorset were always up against it. But Harrison Bowles (70 no) batted extremely well and kept his side in it to the very end though Dorset came up only 7 runs short in an exciting finish  The wickets were shared around with Tom Lynbeck, Tom Protheroe, Travis Morgan, William Smale and Richard Monnington taking one each.

Best Performances:  Scott O’Leary 39 and George Bazley 38