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Squad List 2008

Robson Blake (Ebbw Vale), Jarrod Bluck (Ponthir), Jordan Bachelor (Newport), Aled Burkitt (Ponthir), Lewis Coates (Pentyrch), Peter Downing (Llanarth), Joshua Harris (Pentwyn), Elliott Keep (Blackwood), Alex Kemp-Taylor (Croesyceiliog), Tyler Morgan-Huggett (Chepstow), Davey Mulroy, Lewis Pheasant (Croesyceiliog), Harry Powell (Newport), Callum Reid (Croesyceiliog), Michael Watkins (Croesyceiliog)

Welsh National Championships

Gwent had the misfortune to play the eventual winners of the Championships on the first day of four in North Wales.  While their opponents played very well, Gwent did not perform to their full potential.  They were also below par in the game against Mid Glamorgan but hit top form in the final two games with two resounding victories.  It was a pity the two best teams on paper - Gwent and North East Wales - weren't in separate groups and seeded to meet in the final but, as it was, Gwent didn't beat them so had to settle for third place.

Match Report Summary 2008











North East Wales




167 all out



North East Wales

won by 60 runs

North East Wales got off to a flyer and were 89 off just 16 overs.  The introduction of medium pacer Lewis Pheasant paid off as he took 3 quick wickets, including Rob Ward for a fine 70, and the opponents were 117 for 3 after 24 overs.  Another fine partnership developed with the Gwent bowling and fielding not up to its usual high standard and North East Wales raced on to 206, before Gwent got their 4th wicket, and they finished on a very good score.

In reply, Gwent then lost two early wickets and were just starting a recovery when three more wickets were lost and Gwent were  67 for 5 after 16 overs.  Gwent finally got a good partnership going through Robson Blake and Josh Harris as they put on 50 runs.  With the fall of Robson's wicket, Josh did his best scoring a superb 70 but he never really got a player to to support him and Gwent finished well short of the target.

Best performances: Josh Harris 70, Lewis Pheasant 3-31


Mid Glamorgan

118 all out



148 all out


Gwent won by 30 runs

Gwent got off to a poor start and at 50 for 4 after 11 overs were in trouble.  A solid partnership of 59 runs between Callum Reid and Lewis Coates took Gwent to 109 for 5 after 20 overs and in a position to post a good score.   Gwent did not capitalise on this position and were all out for 148 runs in 31 overs, in a game restricted to 35 overs per side.

Mid Glamorgan also found batting difficult and  some good tight bowling by the Gwent spinners kept them to 57 for 3 after 16 overs. Gwent maintained a firm grip with some good bowling and fielding and, with Lewis Coates taking four wickets,  bowled their opponents out also in 31 overs.

Best Performances: Callum Reid 40 & 2-6, Lewis Coates 4-18



87 all out



237 - 9


Gwent won by 150 runs

Gwent lost an early wicket but a fine partnership between Lewis Coates and Peter Downing of 114 runs put Gwent in complete control.  Peter was then out for 47 with the score on 150 for 2 in just 27 overs. The run feast continued as Gwent took apart the Pembroke attack and they finished up with 237 for 9 in their 45 overs with Lewis Coates undefeated on 71.

When Pembroke batted, the Gwent attack restricted them to 22 for 2 after 11 overs.  Wickets continued to fall as the Pembroke batting couldn't handle the leg spinners Davey Mulroy and Lewis Coates and they were all out in 29.4 overs.  Lewis Coates finished a fine match with a 'fifer'.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 71 & 5-27, Peter Downing 47, Alex Kemp-Taylor 2-6, Davey Mulroy 2-12

West Glamorgan

56 all out


240 all out

Gwent won by 184 runs

Gwent batted they had a great start as Josh Harris and Lewis Coates put on 88 for the first wicket before Josh was out caught for 51.  Another good partnership between Lewis and Elliot Keep of 66 runs put Gwent in firm control as they amassed a big total with Lewis Coates maintaining his fine form of the previous day.

When West Glamorgan batted they found the Gwent seamers on their best form as first Powell and then Kemp-Taylor took wickets and at 4 for 8 after 6 overs the game was effectively over.  The spinners then did  finished off the opposition for 56 runs in just 24.1 overs.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 70 and 2-4, Josh Harris 51, Elliot Keep 30, Alex Kemp-Taylor 2-5, Harry Powell 2-6





56 all out



182 - 9


Gwent won

by 126 runs

 A sound opening partnership of 39 between Lewis Coates and Robson Blake was followed by one of 53 between Coates and Aled Burkitt.  Elliott Keep joined Coates to form a 40-run fifth-wicket partnership and a good 21 on debut by Mike Watkins ensured Gwent finished on 182 for 9.  In reply,  Alex Kemp-Taylor took three early wickets reducing Hereford to 15 for 4 in 8 overs and they finished on 56 in 26 overs.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 46, Alex Kemp-Taylor 3 - 7, Lewis Coates 2 - 7, Callum Reid 2 - 13



118 all out



119 - 7


Gwent won

 by 3 wkts

Harry Powell and Alex Kemp-Taylor produced a tight opening spell leaving Devon on just 29 for 2 after 8 overs. This became 35 for 4 following an excellent run-out by Callum Reid who also bowled a tight spell.  A good partnership of 48 followed and things were looking ominous until Lewis Coates destroyed the middle order and Devon collapsed from 83 for 4 to 118 all out.  In reply, Gwent lost two early wickets but a fine third wicket partnership between Callum Reid and Peter Downing put Gwent in control at 98 for 2 after 26 overs.  They then lost 5 wickets for 11 runs but completed a fine victory over a team they lost to heavily last year.

Best Performances: Callum Reid 44, Peter Downing 30, Lewis Coates 5 - 28




 Match cancelled due to the weather 



Mid Glamorgan

77 all out




251 - 9



Gwent won

 by 174 runs

A fine opening stand of 76 between Davey Mulroy and Lewis Pheasant (21) put Gwent on top before Lewis Pheasant was run out when the score was 76 after 22 overs.  Gwent completely dominated and scored 140 runs in the last 15 overs thanks to an excellent 90 runs from Davey Mulroy.

Mid Glamorgan were soon in trouble as left arm seamer Alex Kemp-Taylor took both openers out with some good swing bowling and they were 13 for two after 5 overs. The introduction of spin saw Lewis Coates take 4 wickets with his leg spin and, with off-spinner Callum Reid giving him good support,  Mid Glamorgan collapsed to 77 all out in 28 overs.

Best Performances: Davey Mulroy 90,  Lewis Coates 4-6, Alex Kemp-Taylor 2-10, Callum Reid 2-15

Staffordshire     Match cancelled due to the weather 



120 all out



168 - 9


Gwent won 

by 48 runs

Put in on a slow damp wicket Gwent were struggling at 56 for 5 after 18 overs but a fine 7th wicket partnership of 85 between Josh Harris  and Peter Downing ensured a challenging target was set.

Cardiff were 75 for 4 after 19 overs but were eventually dismissed for 120 in just 32 overs thanks mainly to Tyler Morgan-Huggett, Jordan Bachelor and Lewis Pheasant.

Best Performances: Tyler Morgan-Huggett 3-16, Peter Downing 53, Josh Harris 42, Jordan Bachelor 2-5, Lewis Pheasant 2-17






118 all out


Dorset won

by 6 wickets

Gwent wickets fell regularly, including 3 run-outs, and only Callum Reid reached twenty as the batters struggled on a difficult wicket to set a competitive target.

Conditions were better for Dorset and an the opening stand of 72 effectively won them the game.   Gwent did take four wickets and keep things tight but Dorset managed to win in the 41st over with 6 wickets still intact.

Best Performances:  Lewis Pheasant 3-17








144 all out



Gloucester won by 80 runs

Gloucester were soon in complete control at 101 for 0 after just 20 overs and only lost their first wicket at 166.  Gwent did stem the the flow of runs  somewhat as they found their line and length, with Jordan Bachelor taking two wickets in a good spell of left arm bowling, but Gloucester still finished on a challenging total.

Good accurate bowling saw Gwent struggle to just 9 for 2 after 10 overs and only 43 for 4 after 20 overs.   Gwent did find a good partnership as Lewis Coates and Robson Blake put on 54 for the 6th wicket but it was too little and to late to have any effect on the result.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 55, Jordan Bachelor 2-24