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Squad List 2009

Robson Blake (Ebbw Vale), Jarrod Bluck (Ponthir), Jordan Bachelor (Newport), Aled Burkitt (Ponthir), Lewis Coates (Pentyrch), Peter Downing (Llanarth), Daniel Evans (Blackwood), Joshua Harris (Pentwyn), Mike Jones (Monkswood), Alex Kemp-Taylor (Croesyceiliog), Tyler Morgan-Huggett (Chepstow), Davey Mulroy (Croesyceiliog), Lewis Pheasant (Croesyceiliog), Harry Powell (Newport), Callum Reid (Croesyceiliog), James Thompson (Tredegar)

The team for the match versus Dorset

Season's Summary

The poor weather overshadowed the season with six of the thirteen matches cancelled or abandoned.  It also showed up the limitations of the new Welsh Championship format which meant that, despite a 100% record in the competition, including a win over the eventual champions, the squad was denied the title by just one point.  It was still a very successful season with only one defeat and that on a day when five players were playing for Wales.

Coaches Alan Burkitt and Geraint Adlam report that 'the squad was a pleasure to coach with excellent attitudes and levels of determination, skill and sportsmanship'.  Every member of the squad contributed in one way or another to a fine season.  The top batter was Lewis Coates with 207 runs at 41.4 while Jarrod Bluck took the bowling honours with 13 wickets at an average of 10.38.

Match Report Summary 2009














139 for 9






140 for 1





Gwent won

 by 9 wickets

Apart from a very spirited partnership between Murphy and Smithies, who scored two-thirds of their team's runs between them, the Carmarthen batters couldn't come to terms with a very competent Gwent fielding and bowling display. Harry Powell bowled with pace and accuracy collecting 4 wicket and Lewis Coates  bowled well to collect 3 wickets.  In all, for Gwent, only the keeper and Peter Downing did not bowl and the ground fielding was excellent despite it being a genuine summer’s day with the temperature reaching the early 70’s. Robson Blake did a very well job behind the stumps with a great catch and a sharp stumping.

For Gwent, the batting was clinical with Pheasant and Downing punishing any loose bowling and also pushing quick singles at every opportunity. Downing fell 4 short of a well deserved 50 and it was left to Pheasant with a very well constructed 50no and Coates a brisk 29no to see Gwent comfortably home with 8 overs left.

Best Performances: Lewis Pheasant 50no, Peter Downing 46, Lewis Coates 29no, Harry Powell 4-24, Jarrod Bluck 2-17, Lewis Coates 3-18




Match cancelled due to the weather


Cardiff & Vale

92 all out



93 for 4


Gwent won

 by 6 wickets


A blistering opening spell of fast bowling from  Harry Powell set the tone for this game with his 3 wickets destroying Cardiff & Vale’s top order. First change Alex Kemp-Taylor kept the momentum going with a splendid another 3 wicket spell and the innings was eventually wrapped up by Lewis Pheasant nipping in with 2 wickets. Daniel Evans secured his first wicket for Gwent and Cardiff & Vale finished with a below par score. The Gwent fielding was very sharp once again with keeper Robson Blake very accomplished behind the stumps.

Gwent had a poor start losing two early wickets. Despite this early breakthrough the result was never in doubt with Lewis Coates leading the way with a splendid 58 supported by Callum Reid and Aled Burkitt.  The total was reached in the 21st over to complete a comprehensive victory.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 58, Harry Powell 3-6, Alex Kemp-Taylor 3-16, Lewis Pheasant 2-5.





Mid Glamorgan

73 all out






74 for 3





Gwent won

by 7 wickets

Mid Glamorgan elected to bat and were very soon in trouble due to the prodigious swing of Jordan Bachelor who removed two batsmen in one over Coupled with the pace of Harry Powell at the other end Mid Glam were finding things a bit too hot to handle. Jarrod Bluck and Lewis Coates were introduced to the attack and the combination of medium fast away swing and legspin had Mid Glamorgan in even more trouble with wickets continuing to fall at regular intervals.

Tyler Morgan Huggett then partnered Lewis Coates and his accurate medium pacers also caused problems for the opposition who finished on 73 after 28.3 overs. Once again a commanding bowling and fielding performance coupled with great wicket keeping from James Thompson was too much for the opposition.

The Mid Glamorgan opening bowlers started very well and soon Gwent were two wickets but Lewis Coates and Callum Reid rapidly then took the game away from them with superb examples of hard hitting and good running between the wickets. Gwent reached the modest total with 30 overs in hand.

Best Performances: Tyler Morgan-Huggett 3-16, Lewis Coates 3-21 & 32no, Callum Reid 22, Jordan Bachelor 2-2.


West Glamorgan




Match cancelled due to the weather




North East Wales

170 for 7





   85 all out






Gwent won

 by 85 runs

North East Wales won the toss and put Gwent into bat on a slow and very damp track. Openers Peter Downing and Lewis Pheasant made a steady start running well between the wickets. After the fall of the first wicket,  Downing and Lewis Coates batted beautifully and made batting look easy on a difficult track. A partnership of 73 was broken when Coates was caught for 34.  Downing was eventually run out for a superb 76. Reid followed soon after but Josh Harris and Aled Burkitt kept the momentum going with some hard hitting.  Overall,  this was an excellent disciplined innings considering the conditions.

North East Wales were soon behind the run rate due to the pace of Harry Powell and accuracy of Jordan Bachelor. Lewis Coates kept up the pressure with yet another mature display of leg spin that North East Wales struggled to come to terms with. There then followed a superb display of wicket to wicket medium fast bowling from Jarrod Bluck who took 4 wickets for just 5 runs.  He was well supported by Callum Reid taking 3 for 7, with his crafty mix of off cutters and quicker balls, in just four overs.

Best Performances: Peter Downing 76, Jarrod Bluck 4-5, Callum Reid taking 3-7, Lewis Coates 34





Match cancelled due to the weather


Mid Wales



Match cancelled due to the weather







130 for 6





129 for 8




Wiltshire won

 by 4 wickets

Gwent got off to a very shaky start against a sharp opening attack, losing debutant two wickets very early on. Several players looked in good form but were undone by some good deliveries.  It was left to Josh Harris and all-rounder Jarrod Bluck to rescue the innings with a superb stand of 77 with Bluck finishing with a personal best of 23 and Harris with 47 missing out on a well deserved half century. Gwent finished on 129 for 8 off their 40 overs which looked well short of a winning total.

The Gwent team had other ideas with a superb display of fielding backing a very competitive bowling display with Bluck and Jordan Bachelor the pick of the bowlers. Tyler Morgan Huggett, Daniel Evans and Mike Jones were the pick of an inspired fielding performance backed by excellent glovework from James Thompson. The lack of runs eventually proved to be Gwent’s downfall but, considering Gwent had five players on Wales duty, those who played could be very proud of a battling performance.

Best Performances: Jordan Bachelor 3-15, Josh Harris 47, Jarrod Bluck 23 & 1-20


140 for 9



141 for 4


Gwent won

 by 6 wickets

Dorset started well and reached 33 off 10 overs before losing their first wicket. From then on, Gwent dominated proceedings with Dorset unable to cope with Lewis Coates’ variety of leg spinners, top spinners and googlies. He finished with 5 for 33 off his nine overs. He was well supported by Jarrod Bluck, who took three wickets, the pace of Harry Powell with one and the control of Tyler Morgan-Huggett whose 5 overs cost just 5 runs. This reduced Devon to 80 for 9 but a 60-run 10th wicket partnership took them to a reasonable score

This proved to be no real problem for Gwent, with Lewis Pheasant with 51 and Lewis Coates with 23 seeing them home literally a minute before a violent rain storm would have seen the game abandoned.  This was the squad's first victory over Dorset.

Best Performances: Lewis Coates 5-33, Lewis Pheasant 51, Jarrod Bluck 3-23



171 for 6



170 for 9


Hereford won

by 4 wickets

Gwent got off to a very shaky start against a sharp opening attack, losing two early wickets. Davey Mulroy and Josh Harris steadied the ship and put together a solid partnership before Mulroy departed for 23. Harris batted aggressively until he ran himself out (one of 4 run outs) on 33.  Some cameos from Jarrod Bluck with 20 (including 2 sixes, Lewis Pheasant with 25no and Daniel Evans' 14no boosted the score but Gwent were left some 30 short of where they should have been.

Harry Powell bowled with pace and aggression but little luck and Jarrod Bluck picked up 2 wickets in an excellent opening spell. Lewis Coates also bowled very tidily, conceding just 21 runs in 9 overs, but Gwent were undone by Critchard who batted superbly for Herefordshire and saw them through with a fine 85no.

Best Performances: Jarrod Bluck 2-33, Harry Powell 2-40, Josh Harris 33



99 for 2



148 for 9




Put into bat on a damp wicket, Gwent struggled to come to terms with the conditions and a good bowling attack.  The innings was given respectability, however, by a fine display of aggressive batting and running between the wickets by Jarrod Bluck and Davey Mulroy.

Gwent's bowling and fielding was not up to its usual high standards and Devon raced to 99 for 2 in 17 overs when a torrential downpour put an end to proceedings.

Best Performances: Jarrod Bluck 23no




Match cancelled due to the weather