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Youth Cricket League

This year sees the biggest re-organisation in the history of youth club cricket in Gwent.  It was brought about by the steady decline of youth matches being played in the area in recent years.  In 2018, the total number of League games played per team were six at Under 11 and 13 and four at Under 15 which was a 30% reduction in those played seven years ago.  This a UK-wide phenomena which, incidentally, is also affecting other sports as a result of the encroachment of activities such as on-line gaming and social media on children’s free time. Too many games were being called off for non weather-related reasons such as player availability and the reluctance of coaches to play games without their best players.  The English Cricket Board (ECB) All Stars programme was successfully introduced last year with the result that we have more Under 9s playing now than ever before. The challenge now is to ensure they continue to play through their teenage years into adulthood.

Following consultations with clubs it was agreed to make the following radical changes to the competitions this year:

  • There will be no league tables or relegation and promotion.

  • There will continue to be fixture lists to provide a basic structure with a self-selected Premier Group at each age-group plus a number of smaller Groups made up of clubs within a close proximity.

  • The facility to play additional games with teams in other groups through a Fixture Bureau will increase the opportunities to play.

  • The abolishment of Rules and their replacement with Guidelines to allow team managers to be flexible to ‘get the game on’.

The overall aim is to increase the number of matches played while, at the same time, improving the player experience.  We do hope the changes will have the desired effect with more boys and girls playing more cricket and getting fun out of doing so.


Performance Summary for May/June

So far this season, over 110 matches had been played across the three age-groups – Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15. There have been several versions of the game from pairs to twenty overs with hundreds of children involved. This is in addition to the Under 9 festivals which have been happening regularly on Sundays at many clubs.

Individual players have been having some good performances with 14 half-centuries and there have been over eighty knocks in excess of 20 runs. These are good figures considering the Under 11s play ‘pairs cricket’ where players bat for a maximum of four overs each.  Leading the way is Alfie Morgan (Ebbw Vale) who has passed fifty three times. The other half centurions are Jack Ryan (Ponthir), Tom Norton (Abergavenny), Matthew Hall (Ebbw Vale), Ben Day (Sudbrook), Sophia Smale (Newport), Luke Lezar (Newport), Meirion Thomas (Rogerstone/Fugitives), Ben Kellaway (Chepstow), Tom Coates (Usk), Logan Williams (Abergavenny) and Cameron Plant.

There have also been some good bowling performances.  Nivaad Farooq took 4 for 9 in the Rogerstone v Malpas Under 11 match while Tom Barry (Ponthir) had figures of 4 for 10.  Meanwhile,  Bruno Chitnis (Chepstow), Harvey Heaven (Sudbrook), Aneurin Evans (Ponhir) and George Lloyd (Sudbrook) all had three-wicket hauls. However, the best performance comes from Joe Hynes (Llanarth) who had the remarkable figures of 5 wickets for 3 runs.  The leading wicket-taker so far is Rhys Smith who has taken twelve.

The stand-out fielding display was from Rogerstone Under 11 wicketkeeper Kavin Prasaad who took four stumpings against Blackwood.


Groupings for 2018
Premier Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Abergavenny A Croesyceiliog Abertillery Malpas Chepstow B
Blackwood A Llanarth Blackwood B Newport C Monmouth
Brecon Panteg EbbwVale Newport Fugitives Newport B
Chepstow A Ponthir Newbridge Rogerstone B Sudbrook B
Newport A Sudbrook A Abergavenny B Pontymister & Crosskeys Usk
Rogerstone A        
Premier Group 1 Twenty Over Group 2 Pairs Group 3 Pairs Group 4 Pairs
Abergavenny Monmouth Abercarn Abertillery Chepstow B
Chepstow A Ponthir Blackwood Brecon Malpas
EbbwVale A Sudbrook Croesyceiliog A Croesyceiliog B Newport Girls
Llanarth A Usk Llanarth B Ebbw Vale B Newport Fugitives
Newbridge   Panteg Pontymister & Crosskeys  
Premier Group 1 Group 2    
Abergavenny Abertillery Malpas    
Chepstow Blackwood Panteg    
Llanarth Brecon Ponthir    
Monmouth Ebbw Vale Sudbrook    
Newbridge   Usk    


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