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Squad List 2009

Ryan Cobb (Newport), David Cook (Newport), Luke Furnell (Chepstow), Iwan Gane (Blackwood), Conor Hopkins (Newport), Daniel King (Newport), Marc Lezar (Rogerstone), Hamish Matthews (Llanarth), Matthew Nash (Ebbw Vale), Stuart Roberts (Pentyrch), Cameron Tippings (Ebbw Vale), Louis Tovey (Newport), Ieuan Veall (Crumlin), Corey Wallace (Ebbw Vale), Tomas Williams (Ebbw Vale)

The squad who were Runners-up in the Welsh National Championships

 

Season's Summary 2009

The squad had a mixed season, losing all their friendly fixtures against some strong English sides, but only losing once against Welsh opposition and that was in the final of the Welsh Championships against Cardiff.

The batting seemed to be the main problem as they were bowled out for under a hundred twice against the English sides and only managed to get over 180 once in all batting performances. Hamish Matthews was easily the best batter getting over 50 on four occasions with a top score of 82.  Unfortunately, he only played once against English opposition. The other Gwent batsmen rather struggled and managed only two fifties between them and nobody made a century.

In the bowling department they bowled three Welsh sides out for under 100 but, against English opposition they conceded 200 runs three times.  The fielding was generally good with some great catching and good run-outs.

The season finished on a high with three convincing wins in the Welsh Championships but the squad were just denied the title in a pulsating Final.

Match Report Summary 2009

OPPONENTS NAME & SCORE

GWENT SCORE

RESULT

 

COMMENTS

 

 

FRIENDLIES

 

Wiltshire

     

Match cancelled due to the weather.

 

 

 

Devon

204-6

 

 

 

 

128 all out

 

 

 

Devon won

 by 76 runs

Gwent elected to field on a good wicket and had an early success as Conor Hopkins ran out the Devon opening batsmen.  A promising second wicket partnership was thwarted by off spinner Corey Wallace and at 63 for 2 after 20 overs the game was evenly poised. The Devon batsmen started to get on top' however, as an excellent century third wicket partnership put them in control. Wallace again came to Gwent's rescue as he took his second wicket to break the partnership.  The Gwent bowlers were beginning to lose their line as the Devon batsmen were scoring freely and if it was not for some good fielding they would have scored much more than their 204 in 40 overs.

When Gwent batted they were soon in trouble,  at 27 for 3 after 8 overs, as the pace of the Devon attack was causing them some problems.   They  and never recovered as the wickets kept falling and only a fine 67 run partnership by Louis Tovey and Corey Wallace saved Gwent from humiliation as they ended on 128 runs all out.

Best Performances: Corey Wallace 2-35 & 28, Louis Tovey 28no.
 

 

 

Berkshire

244 for 8

 

 

 

 

147 for 9

 

 

 

Berkshire won by 97 runs

Berkshire batted first but opening bowlers, Matthew Nash and Daniel King, struck early for Gwent and, at 12 for 2 after 5 overs, Gwent were on top.  A good recovery by Berks saw them score 133 in just 13 overs before off spinner Ieuan Veall took the third wicket.  As hard as they tried, Gwent could not stem the flow of runs on the fast outfield with short boundaries. Conor Hopkins took 3 wickets in a good spell of bowling but the Berkshire batsmen took full control especially F. Beg who scored a fine 131 as they reached 244 for 8 in their 40 overs.

When Gwent batted they lost a wicket to an early run out which seemed to unsettle them and further wickets fell as they slumped to 27 for 3 after 10 overs.  Things got worse as two further run outs cost them all chance of winning.  Only David Cook offered any real resistance and Gwent were well beaten at the end.

Best Performances: Conor Hopkins 3-18, Daniel King 3-54, David Cook 25no
 

 

Staffordshire

220 for 6

 

 

 

71 all out

 

 

 

Staffordshire won by 149 runs

Gwent got an early breakthrough as Conor Hopkins had the Staffordshire opener caught for just 5 as Gwent bowled a good line and length.  He took another wicket and at 54 for 3 after 13 overs the game was evenly poised. However, a fine partnership of 97 runs by the Staffordshire batsmen put them on top and at 149 for 3 a big score was on the cards.  Gwent kept the runs down by some very good fielding and accurate bowling but still faced a daunting target of 221.

When Gwent batted they struggled from the start against the lively Staffordshire attack.  Gwent could not cope with the all round strength of the Staffs attack and capitulated to just 71 all out , only Louis Tovey offered any real resistance with his 19 runs.

 

West Glamorgan

139 for 9

 

 

143 for 4

 

Gwent won

by 6 wickets

West Glamorgan lost an early wicket but had a good partnership of 40 runs before off-spinner Corey Wallace took two wickets leaving them on 76 for 4  after 24 overs.  Another 40-run partnership steadied the ship but Gwent were bowling well and Louis Tovey then took two wickets as West Glamorgan finished on a seemingly low score.

However, Gwent slumped to 15 for 2 before David Cook and Stuart Roberts put together a fine partnership of 110 runs as Gwent took complete control.  Both were then out but the game was won.

Best Performances: Stuart Roberts 55, David Cook 54, Louis Tovey 2-14, Corey Wallace 2-21, Matthew Nash 2-31

 

Dorset

     

Match cancelled due to the weather.

 

 

 

Gloucester

168 for 6

 

 

 

 

 

170 for 7

 

 

 

Gloucester won by 3 wickets

On a difficult pitch, Gloucester put Gwent into bat.  They got off to a slow start and were just 68 for 0 after 25 overs.  They lost Iwan Gane for 22 with the score on 68, but then increased the run rate  as Stewart Roberts and Hamish Matthews put on 37 runs in 7 overs before Matthews was out for 55.  Roberts was next out for 15 Leaving Gwent on 116 for 3 after 35 overs and they went on to reach a rather modest total of 168 in their 45 overs.

Gloucester  found batting rather easier at first as they reached 43 for 1 after 10 overs. Gwent then slowed the scoring down as Ben Wellington bowled a mean spell of 1 for 13 to put Gwent back in the game. Gloucester were finding things tough as Gwent turned the screw and at 106 for 4 after 30 overs the game was in the balance.  Gloucester then had a good partnership of 35 runs before losing 3 more wickets and bot just got home in the last over.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 55

 

Cardiff & Vale

     

Match cancelled due to the weather.

 

WELSH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

 

West Glamorgan

98 all out

 

 

 

 

176 for 9

 

 

 

Gwent won

by 78 runs

Gwent lost an early wicket but had made 30 for 1 after 10 overs when a good partnership of 41 followed between Hamish Matthews and Ryan Cobb. Hamish Matthews was batting well and holding the innings together but was out for a fine 56 leaving Gwent on 98 for 4 after 26 overs.  Ieuan Veall then took up the gauntlet, as he quickly asserted his dominance over the West Glamorgan bowling, making a fine 55 not out in quick time.  He was well supported by Luc Kear who made 41 as Gwent reached 176 in their 40 overs.

When West Glamorgan batted they were soon in trouble as the Gwent attack found their rhythm.  Matthew Nash and Dan King restricted them to just 15 for 2 in 10 overs. Corey Wallace, Conor Hopkins and Louis Tovey then finished the job off  bowling West Glamorgan out in the 35th over.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 56, Ieuan Veall 55no, Luc Kear 41, Corey Wallace 3-31, Louis Tovey 2-11, Conor Hopkins 2-15

 

 

Eryri

75 all out

 

 

 

78 for 3

 

 

Gwent won

by 7 wickets

Eryri got off to a slow but steady start as they reached 20 for 0 after 10 overs.  With the pressure building, Gwent struck as first Marc Lezar and then Matthew Nash both took 2 wickets apiece as Eryri faltered to 55 for 4 in 20 overs.  They never recovered and were bowled in 37 overs with Stuart Roberts and Conor Hopkins each taking another 2 wickets.

When Gwent batted they found life difficult on the slow pitch and had slumped to 24 for 3 before Stuart Roberts and Ieuan Veal came together to put on a solid unbeaten partnership of 54 which saw the target passed in just 14 overs.

Best Performances: Stuart Roberts 2-3 and 29no, Conor Hopkins 2-5, Marc Lezar 2-6, Matthew Nash 2-12

 

 

Pembroke

77 all out

 

 

 

240 for 6

 

 

Gwent won

 by 163 runs

Gwent reached 15 for 1 after 5 overs but then started to dominate the Pembroke attack as Hamish Matthews and David Cook put on 73 for the second wicket in just 10 overs. Matthews continued in the same vein, going on to make an unbeaten 82no, having several other good partnerships, including one with Marc Lezar, as Gwent piled on the runs. 

When Pembroke batted they could not cope with the pace of Matthew Nash or the spin of David Cook and they were soon 43 for 3 as Nash struck 3 times. Cook then had a devastating spell of 4 for 1 in 5 overs and the opposition were all out in 30 overs.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 82no, David Cook 4 for 1, Matthew Nash 3-10, Marc Lezar 26no

FINAL
 

 

 

Cardiff & Vale

178 for 4

 

 

 

 

174 for 6

 

 

 

Cardiff & Vale won by 6 wickets

Gwent found it hard to score as Cardiff & Vale kept things tight but had reached 40 for 0 after 15 overs.  They then started to up the pace  and reached 75 before losing their first wicket.  In the hunt for runs, however, Gwent lost wickets regularly and slumped to 123 for 5 in 32 overs.   Hamish Matthews again led the way with a fine 67.  A good partnership of 51, between Mark Lezar and Iwan Gane, then got Gwent to a challenging target.

Cardiff & Vale got off to a fine start as they reached 62 for 0 in just 15 overs and at 92 for 0 in 20 overs had virtually won the game.  Conor Hopkins, whose 8 overs cost just 17 runs, slowed the partnership down and Corey Wallace at the other end took the first wicket at 100.  A second wicket soon after raised Gwent hopes, but another fine partnership saw Cardiff home with 10 balls to spare.

Best Performances: Hamish Matthews 67, Mark Lezar  28no, Corey Wallace 2-41

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