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Youth Cricket League

This year sees the biggest re-organisation in the history of youth 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.

 

Groupings for 2018
         
UNDER 11
         
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        
         
UNDER 13
         
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  
Newport        
Rogerstone        
         
UNDER 15
         
Premier Group 1 Group 2    
Abergavenny Abertillery Malpas    
Chepstow Blackwood Panteg    
Llanarth Brecon Ponthir    
Monmouth Ebbw Vale Sudbrook    
Newbridge   Usk    
Newport        
Rogerstone/Fugitives        

 

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