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Squad List 2008

Alex Barry (Pontnewynydd), Lewis Britton (Ebbw Vale), Gareth Burkitt (Ponthir), Andrew Clark (Blackwood), Ben Cole (Ponthir), Matt Detheridge (Ponthir), Philip Eaton (Chepstow), David Green (Newport), Ben Jones (Chepstow), Thomas Kear (Croesyceiliog), Matthew Kinchin (Sudbrook), Rhydian Knox (Newport), Ryan Morgan (Ebbw Vale), Cian Morrey (Ponthir), Jakob Whitby (Ebbw Vale), James Woodward (Monmouth)

Welsh National Championships

After coming third in the South Group, Gwent beat Eryri, the runners-up in the North, in a play-off with .  They now play the winners in the South, Mid Glamorgan, in the semi-final.

Match Report Summary 2008 

OPPONENTS    NAME & SCORE

GWENT SCORE

RESULT

 

COMMENTS

 

WELSH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

 

 

Mid Glamorgan

258 - 2

 

 

 

 

159 all out

 

 

Mid Glamorgan won by 99 runs

A disappointing bowling performance, which saw too many bad balls dispatched to the boundary.  A good catch by Matt Kinchin off Callum Herring finally broke a double century opening stand. Only Rhydian Knox who bowled his 10 overs for 24 bowled consistently. A good opening partnership of 45 by Matt Kinchin (28) and Rhydian Knox (10) ended with both batsmen falling within six balls of each other.  Alex Barry with his first county half century and Under 14 player Callum Herring settled the innings with a 49 run partnership  but wickets fell consistently and the game was lost.

Best Performance: Alex Barry  54

 

 West Glamorgan

136 All Out

 

        

 

198-5

 

 

 Gwent won

 by 62 runs

A century opening partnership between Matt Kinchin and Rhydian Knox set the side well on the way. Gareth Burkitt accelerated the innings and 198 off 50 overs was worth many more on the large pitch.  In reply, the spinners shared seven of the wickets with Rhydian Knox bowling his 10 overs for only 19 runs plus two wickets. James Woodward and Andrew Clark both took a brace of dismissals.

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox  60, Gareth Burkitt  50, Matthew Kinchin  45

 

 

Pembrokeshire 

176-6

 

 

 

261-5

 

 

 

Gwent won

by 85 runs

Gwent won the toss and batted first on a very good wicket at Abertillery with Rhydian Knox and Matt Detheridge (25) putting on 87 for the first wicket. Good partnerships continued between Rhydian Knox and Gareth Burkitt and Matt Kinchin (23) and Alex Barry (29) who put on 54 for the third wicket.  Lewis Britton and David Green then added an undefeated 75 for the 6th wicket.

With the bowlers conceding just nine runs off the first nine overs Pembrokeshire were clearly going to struggle. Their later batsmen did try to up the run-rate but the team finished well short of the target after their 50 overs

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox 64, David Green 39no, Gareth Burkitt 35, Lewis Britton 32no, Gareth Burkitt 3-26

  

Carmarthen

104 all out

 

 

106 - 0

 

Gwent won by 10 wickets

Carmarthen won the toss and elected to bat. They lost two early wickets to the opening bowlers before the spinners took control of the game. Wicketkeeper Matt Kinchin took 2 stumpings and a catch whilst Gareth Burkitt took two slip catches.

Forty off the first three overs meant victory was only a matter of time and Rhydian Knox and Matt Detheridge remained undefeated at the end, which came after just 12.4 overs.

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox 64no, Matt Detheridge 27no, Cian Morrey 3-17, Jacob Whitby 3-19
 

Cardiff & Vale 

206-4

 

 

202 - 5

 

Cardiff & Vale won by 6 wickets

Gwent recovered well from 25 for 3 with an 86-run partnership between Matthew Kinchin and Gareth Burkitt and Lewis Britton then contributed to a score which was always likely to be low on such a fast outfield. 

In reply, Cardiff & Vale took full advantage of any bad bowling and reached the target with seven overs remaining.  Rhydian Knox, who bowled his 10 overs for 20 runs, was the only bowler to demonstrate the required level of accuracy.

Best Performances:  Gareth Burkitt 66, Lewis Britton 42no, Matt Kinchin 33
         

 

        Eryri         

130 all out

 

        

 

132-3

 

 

Gwent won

by 7 wickets

Eryri won the toss and batted. J.Chaplin hit three fours in one over before being first to fall. Gareth Burkitt then took the first of two excellent diving slip catches (taking four in total). Gwent spinners then took control of the game, all chipping in with wickets, helped by good catching.

Rhydian Knox and Matt Detheridge (11) put on 75 in nine overs for the first wicket, before both falling at the same score. Alex Barry hit a quick fire 19 (including two huge 6’s) before Matt Kinchin (19no) and Gareth Burkitt (17no) ensured the target was reached in the twentieth over.

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox 56 & 2-34, Cian Morrey 2-10, Lewis Britton 2-23, Tom Kear 2-24

 

FRIENDLIES

 

 

 

Devon

188 all out

 

 

 

 

223 - 9

 

 

Gwent won

by 35 runs

Some good positive batting by Gwent, culminating in a century seventh wicket partnership between Gareth Burkitt and Lewis Britton,  saw Gwent post a good total of 223 for 9.  Burkitt then took a wicket  with the first ball of the Devon innings but they forged ahead to reach 61 for 2 after just 9 overs.  However, some tight bowling by Rhydian Knox, with 10 overs for 20 runs, followed by Ryan Morgan's first 'fifer' in only his second game for the county, saw Gwent through to a comfortable victory.  This was particularly sweet after the 160-run defeat suffered against Devon last year.  Matt Kinchin had an excellent game behind the stumps with 3 catches and 2 stumpings.

Best Performances: Gareth Burkitt 82, Lewis Britton 50no, Ryan Morgan 5 - 26

 Wiltshire

 

 

 Match cancelled due to the weather.

 

 

Hereford

150-4

 

 

 

139 all out

 

     

Hereford won by 11 runs

          

After three impressive wins, the team reverted to the kind of performance that saw them lose their first game of the season.  Hereford won the toss and batted and some tight bowling and good ground fielding kept the home side in check. However eight missed catches cost Gwent dear and allowed Hereford to finish on 150 for  4.  Jakob Whitby was the pick of the bowlers whose 5 overs, which saw him take 1 wicket for 13 runs, also included five dropped catches!  In reply, Gwent moved comfortably to 95 for 3 but then added just 44 runs for the next seven wickets to be bowled out with over ten overs left.  Rhydian Knox was the only one to bat with distinction continuing a good run of scores for club and county.

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox 57

 

West Glamorgan

181 - 5

 

 

178 - 9

 

West Glamorgan won by 5 wickets

Gwent batted first and a second-wicket partnership of 82 between Alex Barry and Lewis Britton seemed to set a base for a big score, but tight West Glamorgan bowling kept them in the game.

The home side got off to a good start and despite some good tight bowling, by spinners Ryan Morgan,  Tom Kear and Cian Morrey, they couldn't prevent West Glamorgan from reaching the target in the last over

Best Performances: Alex Barry 55, Lewis Britton 30

 

Dorset

251 - 6

 

 

135 all out

 

Dorset won

by 116 runs

Despite losing an early wicket, Dorset put on 160 for the second wicket, although off-spinners Ben Cole and Tom Kear bowled 18 tight overs for only 67 runs during this time. The Gwent bowlers then took 5 wickets for 49 runs. 

A loss of early wickets did not help the Gwent reply. Rhydian Knox, batting down the order, continued his fine season with his fifth half century but the target proved too much.

Best Performances: Rhydian Knox 57, Lewis Britton 2-48

 Berkshire

 

 

 Match cancelled due to the weather.

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