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Squad List 2012

Sam Clifford (Machen), William Davey (Croesyceiliog), Sam Harrison (Ponthir), James Jacob (Croesyceiliog), Daniel Jones (Ponthir), Owain Keane (Machen), Tom Keane (Abergavenny), Luc Kear (Croesyceiliog), Mataius Kefalas (Croesyceiliog), George Mollard (Sudbrook), Zac Moore (Machen), Huw Morris (Newport), Jamie Norman (Croesyceiliog), Nicky Pepper (Ebbw Vale), Hywel Rose (Croesyceiliog), James Scarborough (Croesyceiliog), James Simkins (Newport Fugitives), Darnell Taylor-Wood (Newport), Benedict Tindall (Chepstow), Joseph Voke (Sudbrook), Robert Williams (Newport)

Match Report Summary 2012

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

OPPONENTS NAME & SCORE

GWENT SCORE

RESULT 

COMMENTS

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS GROUP MATCHES

West Glamorgan

202 for 9

190 all out West Glamorgan

won by 22 runs

 

Report awaited from manager

Cardiff & Vale

128 for 7

124 all out Cardiff won by

3 wickets

Gwent won the toss and batted on a very dry track and found the accuracy of Pike and Boarman difficult to get away but the openers built a solid foundation of 31 before Joe Voke fell to Edwards.  Rob Williams came to the crease and upped the tempo for a short period before he too was dismissed by Edwards. Luc Kear and Will Davey then built up a very good partnership before both  were dismissed to leave Gwent struggling at 96 for 4.  It was still possible that a challenging total could be set on a none too easy track. However, an excellent spell of bowling from Yates and Carlsson saw Gwent lose six wickets for 28 runs.

Gwent fought tenaciously with some good fielding and tight bowling, such as James Scarborough's 1 for 7 in 6 overs, but this was not enough to prevent Cardiff from achieving a tight but well deserved victory.

Best Performance:  Will Davey 39

Mid Glamorgan

151 for 5

152 for 4 Gwent won by

6 wickets

Steffan Roberts and T Cogbill got Mid Glamorgan off to a very good start putting on 80 in 21 overs; Roberts hit  49 and was well supported by Cogbill with 47.  However, a fine bowling performance by the bowling unit for the rest of the innings, aided by some excellent ground fielding, kept them to a manageable score on a very decent Bridgend wicket.

Gwent lost a wicket very early on but rebuilt with a fine half-century by Joe Voke, well supported by Jamie Norman (24), which saw them well on the road to victory.  This was eventually achieved by skipper Luc Kear (23 no) and Mataius Kefalus (22no) and Gwent were worthy winners with 9 overs still remaining.

Best Performance:  Joe Voke 51

Pembrokeshire

140 all out

99 all out Pembrokeshire

won by 41 runs

After three matches called off, it was a relief to at least get the Championship campaign underway.  With several squad players missing, it was an opportunity for five support squad players to make their debuts for the county.  James Scarborough, marked his return from injury, with a fine with 2 for 6 in six overs ,while new boys Sam Clifford (3), James Simkins (2) and Zac Moore (1) also took wickets as did Owain Keane (2).  To bowl West Glamorgan out for 140 was a significant achievement.

Unfortunately, the batsmen couldn't match the bowlers' performance and apart from Scarborough's dogged 37 and James Simkins with 27, nobody was able to build an innings big enough to win the match.

Best Performances:  Sam Clifford 3 - 21, James Scarborough 37

 

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS TABLE SOUTH DIVISION

  Gwent Pembroke Cardiff & Vale Mid Glam West Glam   Played Won Lost Aband Pts
Cardiff & Vale 19 22 XXXXXXXXX 19 22 4 4 0 0 82
West Glam  22 22 9 20 XXXXXXXX 4 3 1 0 73
Pembroke    20 XXXXXXXX 6 22 5 4 2 2 0 53
Gwent XXXXXXXX 6 6 19 9 4 1 3 0 40
Mid Glam 6 5 4 XXXXXXX 6 4 0 4 0 21

 

FRIENDLIES
Herefordshire

124 all out

142 for 7 Gwent won by

18 runs

Gwent batted first and quickly lost the two openers in an excellent spell by Freddie Cross.  They were indebted to Rob Williams 30 and Jamie Norman 33 who steadied the innings well. After their departure only Benedict Tindall (23) really got going  and the innings finished on 142 for 7 which was competitive considering that the track was slow.

Herefordshire got off to a nightmare start losing wickets at regular intervals with James Jacob, who finished with 4 for 15 off eight overs, and Luc Kear who went for just 12 runs off his nine overs with one wicket, doing the early damage.  At one stage they were 59 for 5. A great partnership between Cross (37) and Morgan (45) really had Gwent struggling  with Herefordshire only needing 4 per over to win over the last eight overs. Then back came Jacob and assisted by Norman cleared up the Herefordshire resistance and Gwent won eventually by 18 runs. James Jacob bowled extremely well and was ably supported by Kear, Norman, Hywel Rose and George Mollard (1 for 21 off 7 on a fine debut). Three dropped catches, however, were disappointing and nearly cost Gwent the game; this is something the squad needs to work on.

Best Performances: James Jacob 4-15, Jamie Norman 33, Rob Williams 30.

Gloucestershire

93 all out

94 for 9 Gwent won

by 1 wkt

Gloucestershire won the toss and batted first on a slightly damp green wicket and were soon under pressure from the excellent bowling of James Jacob (6 overs 2 wickets for 5 runs) and Tom Keane (6 overs 1 for 15). Gloucester were reeling at 14 for 3. Things got worse for them as Luc Kear (9 overs 3 for 20), with his flighted off breaks, made another couple of breakthroughs and Gloucestershire were at one stage 48 for 5. They rallied somewhat and reached 93 all out off only 35 overs with Jamie Norman snapping up 2 wickets for 2 runs.

Gwent lost an early wicket but Hywel Rose (29), in as an emergency opener for Joe Voke, and Jamie Norman looked in no trouble until Norman was bowled making it 39 for 2.  Rob Williams (16) came in and looked in good form until he was trapped LBW to a ball that kept low.  Mataius Kefalas (10), on his debut looked in no trouble until he was caught and bowled, and Hywel Rose was finally caught for a splendid 29 considering the conditions. At 93 for 5, one run was needed with five wickets in hand.  This, however, soon became one run needed with one wicket in hand after two very poor run outs led to a mass panic and an otherwise excellent professional performance was tarnished by a very sloppy, unprofessional end.  Victory was eventually achieved thanks to a wide!!

Wiltshire

188 for 7

190 for 2 Gwent won

by 8 wkts

Wiltshire won the toss and elected to bat first at the picturesque Potterne ground on a beautiful track with short boundaries. Wiltshire got off to a poor start losing their first wicket at 13 bowled by James Jacob bringing star player J Goodwin to the crease. He soon got going and was hitting the ball powerfully around the very small ground. He was also giving half chances due to his over confidence, that we were unable to take and although they lost the other opener, again to the in-form Jacob, the score had rattled on to 99 off 23 overs before Darnell Taylor-Wood broke the partnership.  A big score looked on the cards as the batsmen all looked at ease against pace, but the introduction of Luc Kear (1 for 27) and then Jamie Norman (2 for 32) really turned the game in Gwent's favour. Norman got Goodwin caught and bowled and all of a sudden Gwent were on top. Only the a fine innings by M Cutts (46no) kept the innings going and they finished on 188 for 7.  This was another another excellent effort in the field from the Gwent players who, despite playing their second game in two days, maintained their discipline and were brilliant to watch. Mention must also go to Tom Keane, Hywel Rose and George Mollard who despite ending up wicketless still bowled very tightly to restrict Wiltshire to this achievable total.

With memories of the collapse the day before against Gloucester fresh in the players minds there was a steely determination that they were going to get this total. Again star man J Goodwin opened the bowling with great pace but lack of direction and Gwent were very soon up and running. Stand-n opener Hywel Rose was looking very much the part and Will Davey was batting with great confidence and  the score had reached 32 before Rose (16) was caught and bowled by Goodwin. This brought Jamie Norman and Will Davey together and there they remained until the score had reached 175 before Norman played on for an outstanding 67 off 97 balls. Davey who played a true openers role (65no off 127 balls)  and vice captain Rob Williams (7no) saw them home by 8 wickets with 4 overs to go. It was an absolute pleasure to see young batsmen bat so sensibly, score so quickly, yet having the ability to keep risk to a minimum.  A perfect response to the previous day's batting collapse.

Best Performances:  Jamie Norman 67, Will Davey 65no
Devon

206 for 2

205 for 5 Devon won by 8 wickets

Gwent won the toss and elected to bat first at the beautiful Blundells School. The track was good and the boundaries large and the thoughts were that the track would take spin after tea! How wrong we were. Gwent started well, with both Hywel Rose and Joe Voke looking in good form, but unfortunately both lost their wickets by the time the score had reached 40. Then Jamie Norman and Nicky Pepper had a fantastic partnership before Pepper was run out for a fine 38 followed soon after by Norman for a splendid 82. Credit must go to the two lads as they came in with Gwent rocking slightly at 40 for 2, rebuilt the innings and took them to 164 for 3 - a partnership of 124 against a very good Devon attack. Rob Williams with a belligerent and Luc Kear then took them to a very creditable 205 for 5 but realistically some 30 odd short of where they should have been at the end of the 45 overs.

A magnificent tea was followed by a magnificent batting display by Devon who, in reality, never looked in danger of losing out in the run chase. Gwent were never quite at their best in the field, or with the ball, against a quality Devon team but, once more to their credit, never gave up and battled all the way to the 43rd over. A couple of very sharp chances were not taken and the batsmen made us pay but the boys can be proud of a battling display against one of the best U14 teams around.  Special mention must go to Hywel Rose, fielding on the drive, who put his body on the line and stopped absolutely everything that was hit in his direction. Also credit to Luc Kear and Rob Williams (captain and vice) who rotated their bowlers very cleverly in trying to look for the breakthrough that never came. 

Best Performances:  Jamie Norman 82, Nicky Pepper 38
Dorset      

Match cancelled due to the weather