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Squad List 2017

Abhijeet Ashokkumar (Newport), Tom Barry (Ponthir), Jaiden Caswell (Ebbw Vale), Tom Coates (Chepstow), Ben Day (Sudbrook), Matthew Hall (Ebbw Vale), Owen Harris (Monmouth), David Hawkins (Newport Fugitives), James Kellaway (Chepstow), Ethan Oliver (Ponthir), Ollie Rayner (Chepstow), Will Saville (Chepstow), Kameel Sahabdeen (Chepstow), Sophia Smale (Newport), Ayaan Syed (Newport),  Rhodri Williams (Usk)

Match Report Summary 2017

Denotes a gold star performance of scoring 50 or more runs or taking four or more wickets.




Cardiff & Vale

201 for 4

159 all out Cardiff & Vale

won by 42 runs

Gwent won the toss and elected to bowl first. Despite getting off to good start by taking an early wicket, Cardiff and Vale dominated the proceedings. Zac Essenhigh (88) played a fantastic knock dispatching the ball all around the ground with technical proficiency. He was well supported by Kreshay with 45 as the Gwent bowlers tired in the hot conditions.

The Cardiff & Vale target proved too much for Gwent who lost wickets at regular intervals with A. Shah (3-30) leading the attack. Some good resistance was shown primarily by Gwent's Owen Harris who fell agonisingly short of what would have been a deserved half-century.

Best Performance: Owen Harris 45


158 for 8

156 for 7 Wiltshire won

by 2 runs

Gwent won the toss, decided to bowl first on an overcast day and started well taking two early wickets, restricting Wiltshire to 57 for 2 off 20 overs. Both Owen Harris and Ben Day, bowling in tandem, showed good control and restricted them to less then three runs an over. Tom Spencer batted superbly for Wiltshire showing great concentration and resilience against the Gwent spinners. He  was well supported by Josh Norgrave-Grey and Crofton Keys who pushed the score to 130 for 4 off 35 overs. Spencer was then caught for a fine 79 and Gwent did well to limit Wiltshire to 26 runs in the last five overs.  Ollie Rayner bowled a fine spell of 3 for 14 in six overs.

Gwent started positively, scoring at the required rate, being 82 for 2 the half-way stage thanks to Rhodri Williams  and Matthew Hall (20) pushing the score along. Unfortunately, both batsmen fell in the space of five overs, with Williams making a composed 40, leaving Jayden Caswell and  Abhijeet Ashokkumar at the crease. They scored at a steady rate needing less than a run a ball to win. However, with twelve required from the final twelve balls, Ethan Teal bowled a superb maiden leaving Gwent twelve to win off the final over. They did very well to manage ten but fell agonisingly short at the end.

Best Performances: Rhodri Williams 40, Ollie Rayner 3 for 14
Cardiff & Vale

98 all out

172 for 4 Gwent won

by 74 runs

Gwent lost the toss and were asked to bat on a damp wicket. They batted extremely well to make a challenging total from their forty oversMatthew Hall scored a very good 65 with Ollie Rayner chipping in with 29. Together they put on a partnership of 76 for the third wicket.

In reply, Cardiff & Vale never really got going as some good fielding and bowling from Gwent restricted them to a total below one hundred.  Off spinner Owen Harris claimed three wickets with Ollie Rayner taking two while, for Cardiff & Vale, only Henry Hurle showed any real resistance with a well made 35. This was a very good performance from Gwent who gained revenge  for their early season defeat by the same opposition.

Best Performances: Matthew Hall 65, Owen Harris 3 for 9

144 all out

146 for 8 Gwent won

by 2 wkts

Herefordshire won the toss and elected to bat however but were in trouble at 12 for 3 as Ollie Rayner claimed 2 wickets with the new ball. Their batters rebuilt with a solid partnership but then began to lose wickets at regular intervals once more to be bowled out for with three overs left. Rayner claimed another wicket to finish with 3 for 1 in 4.1 overs while the other bowlers shared the rest of the wickets.

In reply, Gwent also found themselves in trouble at 11 for 2 but Rhodri Williams scored a well compiled 26 with some good strokes to help steady the ship. Gwent lost regular wickets and found themselves facing defeat at 124 but 8 but Ollie Rayner and Kameel Sahabdeen saw them home with an unbeaten partnership of 22. Sahabdeen scored a combative 19no.

Best Performances: Ollie Rayner 3 for 1, Rhodri Williams 26

Dorset     Match cancelled
West Glamorgan

65 for 5

64 all out West Glamorgan

won by 5 wkts

Gwent won the toss at Abergavenny CC and elected to bat.  However, this proved to be the wrong decision as they proceeded to collapse from 22 for 1 to 64 all out in just 22.3 overs;  only Noah Rice and Ethan Jones got into double figures.  For West Glamorgan, Luke Salter had a great day in the field with five catches and a run out in the covers while Osian Thomas claimed 3 for 9.

In reply, West Glamorgan did not have it all their own way as Gwent put up a good fight with the ball claiming five wickets as James Kellaway, playing a year up, claimed 3 for 11 with a very good spell of off-spin bowling while Tom Barry took 2 for 12. However, it was Salter’s day as he scored 27 not out to see West Glamorgan home in an unbroken partnership of 30 with Libby Thomas.

Best Performance: James Kellaway 3 for 11

205 all out

70 all out Devon won

by 135 runs

Gwent travelled to Heathcoat CC to play an unbeaten Devon side and started well with Ethan Oliver claiming two wickets in his first two overs as Devon slumped to 8-2. They recovered well to 51-3 and then 144-5 as Ed Butler scored a hard hitting 59. Eventually Devon were dismissed for 205 with Oliver claiming 3 for 30 but it could have been so much better had Gwent not let themselves down in the field with several missed chances.

In reply, Gwent started well with Rhodri Williams reaching double figures, but his dismissal started an unbelievable collapse that saw Gwent dismissed for just 70 as the batters offered the Devon fielders plenty of catching practice. Only Ethan Jones who, scored 13, looked at ease until he was caught by a great catch at cover Teddy Haffenden claimed 5-22 for Devon as ran out convincing winners.

Best Performance:  Ethan Oliver 3 for 30

Berkshire     Match cancelled

95 for 8

129 for 9 Gwent won

by 34 runs

Gwent were asked to bat first at Newport CC and got off to a poor start slumping to 7 for 3. Owen Harris and Ollie Rayner steadied the ship with a partnership of 22 before Rayner fell for 21. Harris kept on batting and forming small partnerships to help Gwent post a reasonable score.  He eventually fell to the last ball of the innings for a well made 60. For Carmarthenshire Carwyn Axford bowled well to claim 3 for 25.

In reply, Carmarthenshire never really threatened the Gwent total thanks to some tight bowling and fielding. For Gwent, Ben Day claimed 3 for 15 while all the other bowlers bowled well and shared the remaining wickets. In the end, Gwent ran out as fairly comfortable winners.

Best Performances: Owen Harris 60, Ben Day 3 for 15
West Glamorgan

181 for 7

83 all out West Glamorgan won by 98 runs

Gwent travelled to Gorseinon to take on West Glamorgan,won the toss and elected to bowl first However, a disappointing bowling display bowling performance by Gwent saw West Glamorgan post an impressive total as Cian Davies scored 54 and Luke Salter top scored with 75. For Gwent only Owen Harris stood out with 2 for 29 from his seven overs.

In reply, Gwent got off to a disastrous start slipping to 9 for 6 as Rhidian George claimed 5 wickets for 7 runs. They managed to mount a slight recovery to get to 65 for 7 as David Hawkins (25) and Ethan Oliver (21) showed some steel and determination.  However, once the partnership was broken Gwent were eventually dismissed with thirteen overs remaining.


99 all out

107 for 9 Gwent won

by 8 runs

Gwent won the toss and batted first on a wicket which was very hard and looked good to bat on.  However, appearances can be be deceptive and batting was extremely difficult with Gwent only able to muster 107 for 9 off their 40 overs. Five Gwent batters got to double figures but no one could really 'kick on'.  The top scorers were Ethan Jones with 17 and Tom Norton getting 15, both playing a year up. For Carmarthenshire Callum Thomas claimed 3 for 17 while Carwyn Axford got 2 for 6.

In reply Carmarthenshire, also found batting very difficult while the Gwent bowlers put the ball in the right areas and the spinners really put the batters under pressure. Gwent took wickets at regular intervals and the game was finely balanced with Carmarthenshire at 90 for 6 with Axford on 20no.  However, Owen Harris turned the game on its head by taking the last four wickets in just 14 balls to bundle Carmarthenshire out for 99 and give Gwent victory by 8 runs! In the process Harris also claimed his 'fifer' after a great spell of bowling.

Best Performances: Owen Harris 5-24

199 for 6

97 for 7 Gloucestershire won by 102 runs

Gwent won the toss at Ebbw Vale and invited Gloucestershire to bat first in damp conditions. Ollie Rayner made the first breakthrough with the score on 21 bowling Irfan but then French and Dark combined for a 75-run partnership before Owen Harris pegged Gloucestershire back to 111 for 4. In all, he took 4 for 31 with all the wickets falling to catches at mid on and mid off. Gwent were well in the game with four overs of the innings remaining as the opposition were 143 for 6.  However, Tommy Boorman smashed 52 off the last four overs, on his way to 73 off 50 balls ,to take Gloucestershire to an imposing target.

Gwent started poorly as they slumped to 4 for 2 and then 33 for 4 against some very disciplined bowling. The only Gwent batter to show some resilience was Joe White who batted from the fall of the first wicket all the way to the close to score 58 not out as Gwent finished up well short.  However, this was still a creditable performance against a side that had just won the Taunton Festival.

Best Performances: Owen Harris 4-31, Joe White 58no



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