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The team which won the Welsh Championship Final

Squad List 2011

Gareth Ansell (Chepstow), Cameron Emmott (Newport), Scott Greaves (Abertillery), Nathan Hariharan (Newport), Luke Harris (Newport), Lewis Holley (Abergavenny), James Hussey (Sudbrook) Mark Jones (Monkswood), Matthew Jones (Newport),  Daniel Lezar (Rogerstone) , Amir Mian (Newport),  Callum Philpott (Llanarth),  Richard Rhyderch-Roberts (Abergavenny), Jack Thorpe-Yon (Newport), Ben Wellington (Newbridge).

Match Report Summary 2011

Denotes a gold star performance of scoring 70 or more runs or taking five or more wickets.





Cardiff & Vale 64

for 3 in 29 overs

178 all out in 44.5 overs Gwent won on

 superior run-rate

Cardiff & Vale won the toss and asked Gwent to bat in damp conditions. Gwent were soon in trouble having lost their top three of  with 19 on the board. Cardiff & Vale at this point were well on top with the bowlers bowling full and straight. Gareth Ansell and Ben Wellington then steadied the ship before Ansell fell to O’Gorman for 13. This brought Richard Roberts to the wicket who then proceeded to take the fight to the bowlers and built a superb partnership with Wellington of 92 before falling to a brilliant one handed catch on the boundary by Humpage.  He hit a fine and much needed 61 in 51 balls. Wellington then anchored the innings, ably supported by James Hussey and Nathan Hariharan, to enable Gwent to close the innings at 178.

Cardiff & Vale began steadily but soon got behind the run rate against the very accurate Amir Mian and Ben Wellington. Luke Harris and Matt Jones were then introduced. The accuracy of Jones, whose 5 overs cost just 8 runs, and the pace and accuracy of Harris who took 2 for 7 in 6 overs, took the game away from Cardiff & Vale.  After several rain interruptions a revised target of 159 was set off 40 overs. When the final rainfall came Cardiff & Vale still needed 95 from 11 overs and Gwent were declared the winners of the Welsh Championships on a superior run-rate. Praise must go to both sets of players and the umpires for trying to complete the game despite very difficult conditions. Man of the match was awarded to Richard Roberts of Gwent for a superb 61 off 51 balls that took the initiative away from Cardiff & Vale when they were well on top.

Best Performances: Richard Roberts 61, Ben Wellington 36, Luke Harris 2-7


West Glamorgan

117 all out



118 for 2


Gwent won

by 8 wickets

Gwent won the toss and asked West Glamorgan to bat. Ben Wellington was the star man with the ball getting four wickets in seven overs, ably supported by Matt Jones with three, while Callum Philpott, Amir Mian, and James Hussey took a wicket apiece as the opposition were bowled out in 39 overs.

After losing an early wicket, Gwent reached the target without too much concern with Matt Jones and Ben Wellington seeing them home with 12 overs to spare after a good start by Jack Thorpe-Yon.

Best Performances  Ben Wellington 4-11, Matt Jones 46no and 3 for 25, Jack Thorpe-Yon 32, Ben Wellington 27no



North East Wales

128 all out



307 for 3


Gwent won

by 179 runs

This was a dominant performance against NE Wales with Matt Jones and Jack Thorpe-Yon having an opening partnership of 250; a brilliant display of power, touch, placement and running between the wickets.  Jack's innings of 172 included 24 fours and 1 six and Matt Jones' maiden century, with 11 fours and 1 six, helped the team reach an impressive total.

Matt Jones then produced a masterful display of leg spin bowling, taking 4 for 13 off 9 overs, with Callum Philpot, Scott Greaves and Cameron Emmott also bowling well.  They were backed up by an excellent fielding performance by the whole team. 

(*The opening partnership and Jack's innings were the highest in Gwent Young Cricketers history)

Best Performances Jack Thorpe-Yon 172, Matt Jones 101, Matt Jones 4-13, Callum Philpott 2-33



89 all out




90 for 1


Gwent won

by 9 wickets

Eryri won the toss and batted with  L McGonnigle scoring 56 out of a total of 89, with six fours and three sixes, in a very powerful display of hitting.  The innings lasted just 33 overs with the wickets being shared between five of the Gwent bowlers: Cameron Emmot, Jack Thorpe Yon, Callum Phillpot, Luke Harris, Matt Jones.  Cameron was the pick, taking 3 wickets for 10 runs.

Gwent easily reached the target within 14 overs for the loss of one wicket.  Jack Thorpe-Yon and Dan Lezar scored 37 and 38no respectively.

Best PerformancesCameron Emmott 3-10, Jack Thorpe-Yon 2-4, Matt Jones 2-30,  Dan Lezar 38no, Jack Thorpe-Yon 37


Mid Wales

59 all out




60 for 1


Gwent won

by 9 wickets

Another dominant performance from Gwent  with all bowlers causing the Mid Wales batsmen problems. Matt Jones and Ben Wellington were the pick of a bowling attack but all of the Gwent bowlers bowled accurately the wickets were shared amongst sick of them. Richard Roberts stood out in the field with two superb run outs.

After the loss of an early wicket, it was left to left-handers Dan Lezar and Gareth Ansell to finish the job in just over 12 overs.

Best Performances: Dan Lezar 30no, Gareth Ansell 17 no, Matt Jones 2-7, Ben Wellington 2-17


The team for the match against Eryri



  Eryri Gwent Mid Wales N E Wales   Played Won Lost Aband Pts
Eryri XXXXX 1   6 2 0 2 0 7
Gwent 22 XXXXX 22 22 3 3 0 0 66
Mid Wales   0 XXXXX   1 0 1 0 1
N E Wales 19 2   XXXXX 2 1 1 0 21





229 for 9





228 for 7



Hereford won

by 1 wicket

Gwent batted first and were indebted to the determination of Ben Wellington who played a proper opener's role and anchored the innings against a pacey and aggressive opening attack. He scored a gritty 72 off 142 balls (7 fours) and was well supported by Jack Thorpe-Yon who scored a brisk 61 off 53 balls (9 fours and a six). Dan Lezar, Matt Jones and Lewis Holley all to helped post a very competitive 228 for 7.

Hereford struggled early on against the pace of James Hussey, who did very well on his Gwent debut, and Luke Harris. Matt Jones bowled tightly, going for just 19 runs off his 9 overs, and Amir Mian was probably the pick of the Gwent bowlers.  However, Hereford, led by Will Ford with a fine unbeaten century,  got over the line with 1 wicket and one over to go.

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 72, Jack Thorpe-Yon 61, Amir Mian 3-35, Luke Harris 3-48




126 for 6


Match Abandoned

Gwent batted first and  were faced with very windy conditions for the second day running. Matt Jones (26) and Mark Jones (23) had a steady start with a partnership of 58 in 17 overs against an accurate Wiltshire attack. Both Jones boys fell within an over to the Wiltshire spinners. It was then down to the aggressive Hariharan 25 and Thorpe-Yon 19 to steady the ship which they did until they also fell to the spinners. The rains then came to prematurely end the game.



207 for 4






206 for 9



Devon won

by 6 wickets

Gwent batted first and Jack Thorpe-Yon, with another pacey innings, and Matt Jones (20), got Gwent off to a brisk start. Three wickets then went in close order before Gareth Ansell batted supported the hard-hitting Nathan Hariharan in getting the innings going again; all but five of his runs came in boundaries. Once they left it was down to James Hussey, in his first Gwent innings, to see out the forty overs which he did in a very mature innings, finishing unbeaten on 23.

Gwent posted a decent total, but on the excellent Abergavenny wicket it was realistically about 50 short and so it proved.  Devon started like a rocket, taking advantage of the bounce and pace of the wicket to hit the boundary on a regular basis. Only Matt Jones (8 overs 1 for 32) and James Hussey (5 overs 1 for 25) gave the attack any real accuracy but as a unit the the bowlers did not bowl with enough accuracy to trouble a very good batting line up.  Devon reached their target with five overs to spare.

Best Performances: Jack Thorp-Yon 68, Nathan Hariharan 49

(The game was reduced to forty overs because it was switched on the morning of the match as the original ground was unfit.  Tribute is paid to Abergavenny for putting on the match at such short notice).




200 for 5






201 for 4



Gwent won

by 6 wickets

With Gloucester batting first the wickets were shared around the bowlers. Matt Jones, James Hussey, Cameron Emmott  and Scott Greaves were the wicket takers for GwentJack Thorpe-Yon also bowled well and and Ben Jones on his Gwent debut bowled with good pace and can be proud of his contribution.  The score score was, however, inflated by 43 wides in the total of 56 extras.

Jack Thorpe-Yon continued his fine run with his 60 (including fours) and was he very well supported by Dan Lezar with his Gwent personal best of 59 (5 fours). The opening partnership realised 155 and it was left to Matt Jones to steer Gwent home with 4 balls to spare and gain a well deserved win against a strong Gloucester side.

Best Performances: Jack Thorpe-Yon 60, Dan Lezar 59, Matt Jones 39no



Cardiff & Vale

148 for 8





240 for 6



Gwent won

by 92 runs

Gwent won the toss and elected to bat with Mark Jones and Dan Lezar getting them off to a good start with a stand of 71. A few wickets tumbled but Lezar kept batting aggressively and was joined by James Hussey who batted extremely sensibly.  Lezar eventually fell for a superb 89, including 13 fours, and Hussey struck the ball with tremendous power He got his maiden fifty for the County and his unbeaten 77 not out included 7 fours and 2 sixes. On his County debut Matt Davies scored a very sensible 21.  

Gwent’s ground fielding and bowling restricted Cardiff & Vale to 148 for 8 in a very entertaining match played in a very good spiritThe pick of the bowlers were Amir Mian with a superb 3 for 10 off six, Scott Greaves with 2 for 25 with his left arm spin and Callum Philpott with 2 for 37 off 9.  Special mention must also go to Ben Jones and Ryan Taylor Sharpe who both bowled very well on their debuts for the County.

Best Performances: Dan Lezar 89, James Hussey 77no, Amir Mian 3-10, Scott Greaves 2-25, Callum Philpott 2-37.





186 all out








238 for 8




Gwent won

by 52 runs

Gwent won the toss and elected to bat with Matt Jones and Gareth Ansell getting them off to a good start with 30 off the first 4 overs before Matt Jones was given out lbw.  Richard Roberts came to the crease and batted very positively with he and Ansell putting on a second wicket stand of 88. Roberts was then run out for 29 and Gwent  lost quick wickets going from 115 for 1 to 145 for 6 With Ansell departing after a fine half-century, Ben Wellington and Callum Phillpott steadied the ship.  Although Philpott only scored 11 runs, his defensive play against the spin was as crucial to the team's recovery as was Wellington's boundary-hitting at the other end.   Luke Harris also batted positively and, at the end, Gwent had added 93 additional runs for the loss of just two more wickets.  Wellington finished unbeaten on a fine 55no. 

Dorset had a number of good players who could play big shots but nobody who was able to build an innings on the day. The pick of their batsmen was M. Jordan who got 49 and was cleverly caught behind by Gareth Ansell, one of his two catches, off Scott Greaves.  He bowled very well after converting from seam to spin, taking 4-51 off his 9 overs. Wickets fell steadily throughout the innings with Amir Mian picking up three and Callum Philpott two.  Leg spinner Matt Jones bamboozled the batters to such an extent they only managed one boundary off him and he was unlucky only to pick up one wicket.  In the end, Gwent won fairly comfortably a game in which they were clearly second favourites half-way through their innings

Best Performances: Ben Wellington 55no,Gareth Ansell 54 & 2 catches,  Scott Greaves 4-51, Amir Mian 3-25, Callum Phillpott 2-25