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Squad List 2008

Gareth Ansell (Llanarth), Henry Breeze (Llanarth), Ryan Cobb (Newport), David Cook (Newport), Luke Furnell (Chepstow), Iwan Gane (Blackwood), Luke Harris (Newport),  Conor Hopkins (Newport), Matthew Jones (Newport), Hamish Matthews (Llanarth), Matthew Nash (Ebbw Vale), Richard Rhyderch-Roberts (Llanarth), Stuart Roberts (Pentyrch), Cameron Tippings (Ebbw Vale), Ieuan Veall (Crumlin), Corey Wallace (Ebbw Vale), Ben Wellington (Newbridge)

Welsh National Championships

The squad are Welsh National Champions after winning all four of their matches in the tournament held in the Swansea area w/c 21st July.  In a good all round team performance they scored 718 runs for the loss of 16 wickets while restricting the opposition to 584 runs and taking 29 wickets.  Special mention should be made of Hamish Matthews who averaged a remarkable 134 runs per innings over the four matches.  Cameron Tippings was the pick of the bowlers with 10 wickets.

Match Report Summary 2008











Mid Glamorgan

114 all out




115 - 0



Gwent won by  10 wickets

Mid Glamorgan got off to a good start and were in firm control at 84 for 1.  However, leg-spinner Cameron Tippings ripped through the Mid Glamorgan side, he was well supported by Hamish Matthews as Gwent took the last 8 Mid Glamorgan wickets for just 30 runs.

When Gwent batted they completely dominated the Mid Glamorgan attack with Hamish Matthews making a fine 66no.  He was very well supported by Conor Hopkins who was 31no at the end as Gwent cruised to victory in just 21 overs.

Best Performances: Cameron Tippings 5-7, Hamish Matthews 66no & 2-9, Conor Hopkins 31no




153 - 7










Gwent won by 59 runs

A fine total was achieved by a series of steady partnerships between Hamish Matthews and Iwan Gane,  Ben Wellington and Richard Roberts (both still Under 11) and Richard and Corey Wallace.

Eryri  started well and they reached 81 for 1 after 18 overs but the spinners did their job as first Hamish Matthews broke the Eryri partnership that looked threatening and then Cameron Tippings bowled a fine spell to put Gwent back on top as Eryri moved to 100 for 4 after 26 overs. Needing  112 off the last 14 overs they got a good 5th wicket partnership going but found it difficult to score quickly enough against the Gwent spinners and fielders who gave nothing away and finished well short of their target.

Best Performances: Iwan Gane 42, Ben Wellington 28, Cameron Tippings 2-14, Hamish Matthews 2-31




161 - 4




231 - 7



Gwent won by 70 runs


Hamish Matthews and Conor Hopkins ensured Gwent were 50 for 0 after just 8 overs and went on to record a 100 partnership in just 18 overs with some superb batting shots.  After Conor departed  Hamish continued to dominate and the other Gwent batsmen played around him as Gwent built up a big score, eventually finishing on 231 in their 40 overs.

When Carmarthen batted they found life difficult as all the Gwent bowlers  found their line and length.  Carmarthen were only 51 for 3 after 18 overs with the game effectively over as they needed 180 off their last 22 overs. Although they had a good 4th wicket partnership of 110 they never threatened the Gwent total.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 79, Conor Hopkins 34



Cardiff & Vale

156 - 8




160 - 0



Gwent won by 9 wickets

Cardiff & Vale progressed slowly against some tight bowling and fielding to reach 99 for 5 with just 9 overs left. They then managed to score at a run-a-ball in their remaining overs.

An excellent century by Hamish Matthews, well supported by Conor Hopkins, saw Gwent cruise to an easy victory with eight overs to spare.  Hamish was in irresistable form hitting a 6 over extra cover and  a number of superb drives to the boundary.  Conor Hopkins played his part running the fielders around the pitch with a selection of well placed shots for 1's and 2's.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 101no, Conor Hopkins 45no & 2-29, Cameron Tippings 3-29






229 - 3




133 - 8



Gloucester won by 96 runs

The Gloucester openers scored freely and scored 99 in 20 overs.  Only seamer Matthew Nash caused them any real concern but had several catches dropped.  The fielders again missed chances enabled the opening stand to reach 166.  Corey Wallace bowled a fine spell of 8 overs for 33 runs and Conor Hopkins took 2 wickets but Gloucester moved on to a huge total in 40 overs. Tom Smith, who played for Gwent two years ago, made 87.

Gwent got off to a good start with openers Hamish Matthews and Ieuan Veall scoring 30 runs in just 5 overs.  However, the next fifteen overs saw just 36 runs scored for the loss of 4 wickets.  Most of the batters then failed to apply themselves with only Stuart Roberts showing the necessary concentration and application.

Best Performances: Stuart Roberts 30no, Conor Hopkins 2-52


Cardiff & Vale

124 - 3



124 all out



Match tied

Cardiff & Vale got off to a slow start, thanks to some tight Gwent bowling, scoring 80 after 30 overs but not having lost a wicket.  On losing their first wicket at 94, they upped their run-rate and scored thirty runs in the last five overs but finishing on a seemingly low score.  In reply Gwent were in trouble at 16 for 3 but Gareth Ansell and Richard Roberts (both still Under 11) put on 39 when 4 wickets saw Gwent reduced to 89 for 7 after 25 overs.  Iwan Gane and David Cook added 26 together and, in a pulsating finish, Iwan was run out going for the winning run.  The fact that this was  one of four run-outs tells its own story

Best Performances: Iwan Gane 37, Gareth Ansell 30




 Match cancelled due to the weather 



Mid Glamorgan

103 all out




222 - 8 



Gwent won

 by 119 runs 

An excellent opening partnership of 50 runs between Stuart Roberts and Ryan Cobb put Gwent into a strong position. When Cobb was run out for 23, with Gwent on 57 for 1 after 11 overs,  Ieuan Veall joined Stuart Roberts to put on 92 runs in just 11 overs. Ieuan was then run out, but Stuart Roberts was playing some excellent shots and was eventually out caught for an excellent 83.   Gwent finished on an impressive total.

When Mid Glamorgan batted, first Matthew Nash, and then Henry Breeze, struck to leave them on 23 for 2 after 8 overs.  Off-spinner Corey Wallace then bowled very well and he was well supported by Under 11 leg spinner Richard Roberts.  They took five wickets between them and the opposition were eventually bowled out for a comparatively low score.

Best Performances:  Stuart Roberts 83, Ieuan Veall 41, Richard Roberts 3-10, Corey Wallace 2-8




91 all out




92 - 3



Gwent won by 7 wickets

The Gwent opening seamers, Matthew Nash and Luke Furnell  bowled with good accuracy  so that Hereford were reduced to 19 for 2 after 8 overs.   Corey Wallace then bowled a fine spell of off spin bowling to take 4 wickets to rip through the Hereford middle order reducing them to 59 for 7 after 24 overs.  He was well supported by Under 11 leg spinner Matthew Jones who took 2 wickets in his 6 over spell as Hereford were all out for just 91 in 36 overs.

When Gwent batted opener Hamish Matthews was in fine form as he hit the opening Hereford attack to all parts of the ground, Gwent did lose a few wickets at the other end but he was in complete control and won the game for Gwent in the 24th over.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 50no, Corey Wallace 4-9, Matthew Nash 2-15




  Match cancelled due to the weather 




182 - 5







Gwent won by 5 wickets

Gwent bowled well to restrict Devon to 82 for 3 after 30 overs but they then cut loose scoring 100 runs in the last 10 overs.

Gwent were struggling at 13 for 2 after 4 overs, when Stuart Roberts and Iwan Gane put together a good partnership of 53 in just 8 overs. Stuart  was playing some fine shots and he found an ideal partner in Ieuan Veal as together they got completely on top of the Devon attack.  Both players dispatched the ball to all parts in a magnificent winning stand of 122 in just 20 overs as Gwent won with four overs to spare.

Best Performances: Ieuan Veall 81, Stuart Roberts 65 &  2-31












Dorset won by 12 wickets

 Gwent lost an early wicket but recovered to reach 39 for 1 wicket after 10 overs.  There were stands of 35 between Hamish Matthews and Iwan Gane  and 54 between Stuart Roberts and Hamish taking Gwent to 93 for 2 after 26 overs.  Unfortunately, Hamish Matthews was out in the next over  and it was from this point that Dorset took control, Gwent scored just 49 runs in the last 14 overs for the loss of 4 wickets.

Dorset were 31 for 0 after 10 overs and on top when Gwent introduced spin to good effect.  Cameron Tippings, the leg-spinner, bowled a good tight spell and at 82 for 2 after 25 overs the game was fairly even. Gwent then took two quick wickets and at 95 for 5 after 29 overs were looking marginal favourites.  However, Dorset scored the remaining runs at a run-a- ball to seal vistory.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 46, Cameron Tippings 2-17