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Squad List 2014

Ryan Avery (Croesyceiliog),  Owen Butler (Usk), David Clarke (Ebbw Vale), Robert Clarke (Newport), Matthew Hancock (Usk),  Jordan Harris-Cupit (Chepstow), Aadam Hassan (Malpas), Sam Hope-Bell (Newport), Lewys Jones (Chepstow), Derryn O'Rourke (Croesyceiliog), Roddy Thomas (Ebbw Vale), Jack Turner (Monkswood), James Watkins (Brynmawr), Rhys Wathen (Blackwood), Jack Wright (Rogerstone)

Match Report Summary 2014

Denotes a gold star performance of scoring 75 or more runs or taking four or more wickets.






The match was postponed due to the weather; it did not prove possible to rearrange it.

West Glamorgan

244 all out

214 for 5 West Glamorgan

won by 30 runs

Excellent knocks by Greg Thomas (110) and Tion Wheeler (60) for West Glamorgan, for whom they were the only batters to reach double figures, ensured their side reached a very competitive total.  Lewys Jones took 4-56 while Roddy Thomas and and David Clarke took a further three and two respectively.  However, while there were some great deliveries there were also too many poor ones with thirty-seven wides being bowled.

In reply, Robbie Clarke and Roddy Thomas batted very well but couldn't convert their fifties into big scores while, of the other batters, only Derryn O’Rourke showed the right level of application.  The team finally ended up a thirty runs short partly due to some injudicious shots and the seeming reluctance to run quick singles.  They were also left to reflect on the importance of disciplined bowling.

Best Performances: Lewys Jones 4-56, Robbie Clarke 67, Roddy Thomas 53 & 3-20

Monmouth School

138 for 5

141 for 6 Gwent won

 by 4 wkts

Powell batted well for the school with an unbeaten 50 but the innings lacked urgency and aggression until Jordan Harris-Cupit (playing for the opposition as he goes to the School) came to the wicket and scored a brisk 21.  Gwent bowled and fielded considerably better than in the West Glam game with three examples of brilliant fielding lead to run-outs.  They restricted the opposition to a reasonable total in thirty overs.

In response, Gwent seemed to be in control but tended wickets away with poor shots.  Ryan Avery (23) and Robbie Clarke (32) both batted well but others came and went in regular intervals.  Fortunately for Gwent,  Roddy Thomas batted with great maturity for his 35no and was ably supported by Lewys Jones (11no). Thirteen runs were needed off the last two overs and the pair ensured Gwent won by four wickets with two balls to spare.


The match was postponed due to the weather;  it did not prove possible to rearrange it.


The match was postponed due to the weather;  it did not prove possible to rearrange it.


272 for 5

120 all out Devon won

by 152 runs

Devon won the toss and elected to bat on a damp track and got off to a steady start against the pace attack of David Clarke and Jack Wright.  Clarke struck early removing one of the Devon openers but that offered only a temporary respite as Devon took control and, aided by 32 extras, scored a formidable 272 for 5.  Clarke and Wright bowled well but went for runs in their second spells against well -established hard hitting Devon batsmen.  James Watkins took two wickets and David Clarke one, while Roddy Thomas mixed up his pace well and took 3 wickets.  Ryan Avery must also take credit for his keeping and captaincy from an unaccustomed position behind the stumps. Gwent fielded quite well but were shown what standards they must aspire to with the ball and in the field when they went out to bat.

Gwent lost their first wicket very early on and, apart from a few lusty blows, including five sixes, from David Clarke (28), Roddy Thomas (21) and Lewys Jones, who scored 14 with just three scoring shots, they finished on 120 all out with Ryan Avery unbeaten on 25Devon had an array of quick bowlers and spinners of all varieties and their ground fielding was of a very high standard.   Despite the heavy defeat, it was to Gwent's credit that they kept such a strong team in the field for 42 overs.

Best Performance: Roddy Thomas 3-49

Cardiff & Vale

135 for 1

120 for 10 Cardiff & Vale

won by 9 wkts

Apart from a decent opening partnership by Robbie Clarke (19) and Ryan Avery (15), the only batsman who showed the technique and determination to play the excellent Cardiff attack was James Watkins. Five players recorded ducks and the overall technique against both off-spin and leg-spin was disappointing. M Ilyaz bowled very well and only Watkins (who played him off the pitch) seemed to have his measure and he finished unbeaten on 42no.

After tea Cardiff ran away with the game reaching the target in the twenty-fifth over with W Malik making 51 and D Kett 44.

Best Performance:  James Watkins 42no

West Glamorgan

143 for 7

142 all out West Glamorgan

won by 3 wkts

After being put into bat, two good knocks by Robbie Clarke (28) and Roddy Thomas (20) gave Gwent a decent foundation.  There was then a flurry of wickets  before David Clarke (34) and James Watkins (18)came in to steady the ship with two very patient innings. As too often happens both departed in quick succession and the tail failed to fire leaving Gwent around 20 – 30 runs short of what was required.

Despite a good bowling display by Jack Wright and David Clarke, with three wickets apiece, Gwent were unable to bowl West Glamorgan out as they raced to their target in 34 overs.

Best Performances:  David Clarke 3-24, Jack Wright 3-34

Cardiff & Vale

185 for 6

135 all out  

Cardiff & Vale

won by 50 runs


Excellent knocks by Patel Griffin and Malik allowed Cardiff to reach 185 for 6. Gwent bowled and fielded very well and deserve credit for keeping a side with 7 Wales players to a reachable total. David Clarke, Lewys Jones and Tom Lynbeck bowled with commendable skill and accuracy.  Clarke's 4 for 26 in 9 overs was a very commendable paeformance.

In reply, only 13 year-old Scott O’Leary, with some belligerent hitting, and Roddy Thomas, with new found patience, had any mastery over an excellent Cardiff attack and in the end Gwent fell 50 runs short of the target with O'Leary top-scoring with 48. Having said that there was much to be pleased about with good energy in the field on a warm day.

Best Performances: David Clarke 4-26, Scott O'Leary 48, Roddy Thomas 30