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Squad List 2016

Lloyd Elias (Brynmawr), Tomos Evans (Newport), Ellis James (Malpas), Josh Jarrett (Brynmawr), Thomas Lynbeck (Newport), Ben Morgan (Crosskeys), Travis Morgan (Newbridge), Scott O'Leary (Sudbrook), Bradley Parker (Newbridge), Thomas Protheroe (Newport), William Smale (Newport), Tomas Witcombe (Newbridge), Daniel Thomas (Cefn Fforest), Jack Tudor-Webley (Newbridge)

Match Report Summary 2016

Denotes a gold star performance of scoring 100 or more runs or taking five or more wickets.

OPPONENTS NAME & SCORE

GWENT SCORE

RESULT 

COMMENTS
Berkshire

226 for 9

230 for 9 Gwent won by

1 wicket

Gwent opened their season in the glorious sunshine over Emmbrook & Bearwood CC against a strong Berkshire development side. Having lost the toss Gwent were asked to field first and knew that the high humidity would make it a tough task. However, opening bowlers Tomas Witcombe and debutant Ben Morgan charged in at the Berkshire openers restricting the home side to just 20 runs from the first 8 overs of the power play. The good work was continued by Tom Lynbeck who finished with superb figures of 2 for 24 off his 9 overs, backed up by debutant Josh Jarrett and the captain Scott O’Leary who also took two wickets. However, the Berkshire batsman began to fight back with some fantastic stroke-play and power hitting from Winterbottom (41), Wallace (39) and Palmer (33). The Berkshire tail continued to score runs but the Gwent bowlers held their nerve in the heat and continued to pick up wickets, finishing the innings requiring 227 runs to win.

The Gwent openers didn’t get the start they’d hoped for losing their Nos 1 and 3 inside the power play. Despite the early setback  and T. Lynbeck (27) built a solid partnership of 83 to set the base for the rest of the run chase. The Berkshire bowlers made things difficult for the Gwent side especially  Winterbottom who finished with match best figures of 4 for 27 from 7 overs. With Morgan departing after a fine 82, Captain Scott O’leary decided enough was enough though and began to blast the ball around the park for 45 from 38 balls until he was caught in the deep trying to bring up his 50 in style. Berkshire from here continued to take wickets putting the pressure back on Gwent. Through all of this though Tom Protheroe (21) had held his nerve and scored the winning runs by smashing the ball twice through the covers for consecutive boundaries leaving an over to spare to bring up the first win of the season. 

Best Performances: Travis Morgan 82, Scott O’leary 45
Herefordshire

212 for 7

214 for 1 Gwent won by

9 wickets

Gwent welcomed Herefordshire to Newbridge C C for their first home game of the season and the visitors decided to bat first after winning the toss. Gwent’s opening bowlers, Tomas Witcombe and Ben Morgan, struggled initially to control the swinging ball, giving Herefordshire the start they would have hoped for. Once the swing was under control, however, Gwent's bowling attack began to pln down the opposition batsman, with Witcombe claiming his first wicket in the fifth over. Tight spells from Tom Lynbeck (2-34), Jack Tudor-Webley and Josh Jarrett left Hereford on just 101 after 34 overs. However, Herefordshire batsman B. Whittenbury (66) and D. Larkin (31) began to take the attack to the Gwent bowlers, before two further dismissals from Wiitcombe and a run out for skipper Scott O’Leary, saw them finish on a very achievable score.

The Gwent openers started in a very positive fashion with Will Smale initially taking charge, striking eight fours and narrowly missing his first half century of the season by three runs. At the other end Travis Morgan was waiting to play his part in what would be a a fine match winning innings of 108 not out. Morgan struck 15 boundaries in his innings to get Gwent over the line, supported by Tom Evans who anchored the innings with a solid knock of 39. In the end, this was a comfortable win for Gwent with seven overs to spare.

Best Performances: Travis Morgan 108no, Tomas Witcombe 3-53, Will Smale 47
North East Wales

252 for 3

249 for 4  

North East Wales

won by 7 wkts

 

After winning the toss Gwent decided to bat first on what looked to be a good wicket at Newport C C. The Gwent openers got off to a solid start until Will Smale was dismissed for 29. The North East Wales bowling attack then began to tie down the Gwent batsmen and it wasn’t until the 27th over that Gwent began to pick the rate up. There then followed a fantastic innings from Scott O'Leary; his unbeaten 149 came in just 77 balls.  He was well supported in this by Tom Lynbeck (37) and Lloyd Elias (17) who both anchored the innings while Scott was creating havoc at the other end.

North East Wales were set a challenging target to win from their 50 overs and lost an early wicket to Tomas Witcombe.  However, their batsmen then took charge and an uncharacteristic fielding performance from Gwent saw several chances coming the way of the Gwent fielders whichwere not taken. The North East Wales batters took full advantage of this  with C. Davies making a fine century, B. Beaver 80 and J. Andrady 42 and they ensured victory in the penultimate over.   

Best Performances: Scott O'Leary 149, Tom Lynbeck 37
North East Wales     This match was postponed due to the weather and could not be rearranged.
Pembroke

181 all out

183 for 5 Gwent won

by 5 wkts

Pembrokeshire won the toss and chose to bat first on what looked a hard, flat wicket at Sudbrook CC. The travelling side started well putting on 68 for the first wicket. However, spin appeared to be the order of the day with Tom Lynbeck and Scott O’Leary picking up 7 wickets between them. They were very well supported by keeper Will Smale who made 4 stumpings and picked up a run out. Pembrokeshire’s J. Nicholas (80) put up some resistance leaving the hosts with an achievable yet testing target.  Lynbeck finished with 3 wickets and O'Leary took 4 in just 5 overs.

Gwent also got off to a solid start with the openers putting on 46 for the first wicket. After Smale was dismissed for a fine 62, It was left primarily to Tom Evans (48) and O’Leary (34no) to ensure a comfortable victory with just under ten overs to spare.  

Best Performances:  Will Smale 62 and 5 dismissals, Scott O’Leary 4-26 & 34no, Tom Evans 48, Tom Lynbeck 3-14
Cardiff & Vale

215 all out

140 all out Cardiff & Vale

won by 75 runs

Gwent returned to Sudbrook CC for their second game in four days on a very hot day in Caldicot. Cardiff and Vale won the toss and decided to bat but Gwent got off to a good start taking two wickets within 10 overs along with J. Meggitt retiring hurt.  Meggitt later returned to the crease,showing courage and determination,  to score   a well-deserved 61. W. Mably made 55 bringing the Cardiff and Vale score to 215 before Gwent’s Ellis James mopped up the lower order.

In reply, Gwent had a disappointing innings, falling well short of an achievable target. Resistance from Travis Morgan (57) and James (21), who scored more than half their team's runs between them, was to no avail.  A combination of a good team bowling performance from Cardiff & Vale, some brilliant catching from W. Mably (4 catches), and some very loose shots from the Gwent top-order batters led to the team being bowled out with over twenty overs remaining.  

Best Performances:  Travis Morgan 57, Ellis James 3-23

Dorset

256 for 5

 

255 for 8

 

Dorset won

by 1 run

Another great day of sunshine welcomed Dorset to Newport CC for Gwent’s third game in five days. Dorset won the toss and decided to bat on what, once again, looked a good surface. Tom Witcombe led the charge for Gwent taking 3 wickets in his first spell to put Dorset under pressure. The Dorset batsman then rose to the challenge with the middle-lower order taking charge with runs being scored all round the park by Graham (71), Holmes (44), Currie (57no), Bowles (38no) and they set Gwent a highly challenging target.

Gwent did not get a great start losing a wicket in the second over but began to make good ground with Travis Morgan (23) and Tom Evans at the crease but then lost two quick wickets. They then began to build up to what would be an enthralling finish to the game. Scott O’Leary (54) played his part in the chase but the innings of Tom Evans was the highlight of the day. He paced his innings well picking up the run rate when required. He couldn't quite see it through to the end, however, and was caught behind after an excellent innings of 130.  This left Gwent with 7 to win off the last over and the lower order showed determination at the crease to get the game won but sadly fell one run short  after losing a wicket off the last ball

Best Performances:  Tom Evans 130, Scott O’Leary 54, Tom Witcombe 3-32

Pembroke     This match was cancelled due to the weather and could not be rearranged.
Cardiff & Vale

201 for 4

173 all out Cardiff & Vale

won by 28 runs

Cardiff & Vale won the toss choosing to bat first at Cardiff C C. The opening pair start slowly before losing their first wicket at 46 runs in the fifteenth over. Progress continued steadily for the Cardiff & Vale batsman due to some tight bowling and a slow outfield. However, the batsmen played themselves in and eventually began to expand their shot repertoire and progressed on to set Gwent an achievable targe notably due to the efforts of Phillips (65) and Sen (42no).

Gwent got off to a terrible start losing a wicket in the first over. This set the scene for the Gwent innings as wickets fell at regular intervals, leaving them struggling to reach the target. The only real resistance was provided by Scott O’Leary who made a fine 70 but he could not find a partner to stay with him. Gwent finished a disappointingly 28 runs short with 21 balls left of their innings.

Best Performances:  Scott O’Leary 70

Devon

267 for 8

91 all out Devon won

by 176 runs

Devon won the toss and chose to bat first which seemed to prove the correct decision. Wickets were hard to come by for the Gwent bowlers which Devon capitalised on. Wickets only began to tumble when the hosts began to up their run rate further as the innings came to the close. The fielders were on the ball, however, with Tom Evans, Ellis James and Will Smale effecting run outs.

This left Gwent with a mountain to climb but the batsmen slumped to just 91 from 29.2 of their allotted overs, as Devon cruised to a comfortable victory.

Berkshire    

The return fixture against Berkshire was agreed as a double-headed T20 fixture.  

In the first match, Berkshire elected to bat and their batsmen dominated proceedings scoring 170 for the loss of only 4 wickets from their 20 overs, notably through the century partnership between Palmer (63) and Jah (33).  In reply, Gwent got off to a flying start scoring at 10 runs an over. However, the first wicket fell in the third over and from there on Gwent continued to lose wickets regularly. This left the side falling 30 runs short on 140 for 8

The second match would see Berkshire unsurprisingly choose to bat first again. This time they posted a massive score of 194 off of their 20 overs. Palmer (39) again looked in great form, with the star innings coming from Winterbottom (56).  The Gwent innings followed a similar vein to the first as the home team lost earlier wickets. Again this meant the side struggled to chase the target and could only manage 121 from their 20 overs. It was pleasing, however, to see Nathan Berry, who stepped up an age group, scoring a solid 33.