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NEWS 2009

October 29 2009

The 2009 season was finally put to bed with a well-supported League Presentation Evening at which a total of 350 trophies were distributed to players from 27 teams belonging to 16 clubs.    It was great to welcome Glamorgan cricketer, Huw Waters, and the Cricket Board of Wales' new Director of Cricket, Peter Hybart, to our annual celebration of our young players successes.  Full details can be found on the League 09 page.

September 14 2009

Full details, with photos, of the Shield Finals can be found on the Shield 09 page along with the Final League Tables and Report on the League 09 page.

September 11 2009

The Finals Day was another great occasion with the weather, for once this season, rising to the occasion.  The winners were Newport (Under 11), Chepstow (Under 13) and Blackwood (Under 15).  Full details with photos will appear on the Shield 09 page next week, along with the Final League Tables and Report on the League 09 page.

August 31 2009

The completion of the youth cricket season is on Sunday, 6th September with the Finals Day of the 2009 Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Shield. This year it is being held at Newport Cricket Club as part of their 175th Anniversary celebrations so it is fitting that they are represented in each of the three finals.

The Finals Day starts at 10.30am with the Under 11 Final which is followed by the Under 13 and Under 15 ones through the day.

This year’s Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket League has now been completed. The Final Tables are now being compiled and will be published next week. 

The rearranged U15 National Final again fell victim to the weather on Sunday.  It is hoped to play it at the beginning of next season.

August 25 2009

A great day for the U15 squad, which started with the team's arrival at the Swalec Stadium in a red double-decker bus, ultimately ended in frustration and disappointment as the rain swept over the ground in the evening.  This means the National Final is to be replayed this Sunday in Carmarthenshire.

The season's poor weather has also adversely affected the chances of our other squads.  The U12s, widely expected to win their competition, won their first game convincingly before the whole competition in Swansea was abandoned.  Having already defeated two other Welsh Regions in friendly matches they can feel justly aggrieved that they didn't have a chance to lift the trophy.

The same can be said of the U14s who beat all four Welsh Regions they were able to play, including Cardiff & Vale, only to find themselves pipped to the title by their neighbours who were able to play a 20-over match when all the other matches on the same day were called off.

The U13s, were also unbeaten against Welsh opposition, until they were beaten in their final by Cardiff & Vale.  The U11s also came runners-up in their competition.  Having beaten five Welsh Regions, they succumbed to the eventual winners Mid Glamorgan.  The U10s, however, finished the season on a bright note, winning the Spirit of Cricket Award at the Aberystwyth Festival.

August 8 2009

Gwent have reached the final courtesy of a 9-wicket victory over Pembrokeshire in the semi-final at Newport. They will play Carmarthenshire at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff - home of Glamorgan CCC and this summer's first Ashes Test - on Friday 14th August.  The match will start at 3.30pm and be played under floodlights, if appropriate, with the players kitted out in coloured clothing.  We hope as many spectators as possible will come to support the boys.

August 6 2009

It’s always great to hear ex-Gwent Young Cricketers doing well. Will Bragg, who played for Malpas and Panteg, scored 92 opening the batting for Glamorgan against Gloucestershire this week in only his second Championship match before retiring hurt with an injured hand. He did return later in the innings but was unable to add to his score.  He has now followed this up with a score of 80 against Leicestershire.

It may be the wrong sport (and country!), but it’s also great to see Tom Pass, of Chepstow, being selected to play football for the England Under 18 Schoolboys at Wembley.  Keeping with the football theme, it's tremendous to see Danny Gabbidon back in the Welsh Squad after two years out with injury.  Danny was also a Gwent Young Cricketer who played for Panteg in his youth.

July 21 2009

After a pretty good June, the weather has taken a turn for the worse again.  However, we did have five or six weeks where a lot of good youth cricket was played.  If you click on the County Boys 09 button above you will see how well our squads have been performing.  You will note that we have been beaten just once in fifteen matches against the other Welsh Regions and are holding our own against the much stronger English counties. 

Also, you may remember, two months ago, we told you about Joe Voke of Sudbrook scoring 96no for the U11s.  Well, we are delighted that the 10-year-old has gone one better and scored an impressive 123no against West Glamorgan to become Gwent Young Cricketers youngest ever centurion.

July 5 2009

There has been a record number of Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket League and Shield matches played over the last two weeks with clubs catching up on all the  games cancelled in May.  We are now at the semi-final stage of the Shield and the half-way stage in the League.  For all the details and to see how our county teams are getting on press the buttons on the top left of this page.

June 19 2009

After two pretty good weeks of weather the Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket League and Shield competitions are beginning to take shape.  The county boys teams are also having a great start to the season winning eight out of their first nine games.  For full details click on the buttons at the top left.

June 1st 2009

At long last, a spell of fine weather which has enabled a good number of matches to be played.  Click on the League 2009 button to see the latest tables and the best individual performances to date.

May 18th 2009

Regrettably, the first three weeks of the season have followed the pattern of the previous two years and just after the long-term weather forecast promised us a long hot summer!  Some matches have been played, however, and the latest Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket League and Shield tables and results can be found by clicking on the League 2009 and Shield 2009 buttons above.

Our boys county teams have also had a good start in the National Championships with the U11s and U14s both getting off to comprehensive victories.  Congratulations and commiserations go to Joseph Voke who finished on 96no in the U11 match! Full details on our county matches can be found by clicking on the County Boys 09 and County Girls 09 buttons above.

April 26th 2009

Welcome to the 2009 youth cricket season.  This is the time of year we look forward to all winter when we see the fruits of all the time and effort put in by the players, coaches and parents during the indoor coaching.

This year, however, is tinged with sadness and our thoughts are very much with the family of Geoff Holmes, Director of Cricket for the Cricket Board of Wales, who died suddenly a month ago.  Geoff was a great servant to Glamorgan CC in his playing days and did much to advance the cause of youth cricket in the Principality during his years with the CBW.  Above all, he was a lovely person and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. 

April 19th 2009

For some years we have been concerned about the number of young cricketers who give up participating when they leave the youth game at 15.  So, when Martin Detheridge, a father of one of our Gwent Young Cricketers, approached us saying he would like to put something back into youth cricket we were delighted to accept.  We are pleased to announce the formation of an Academy for our U16 players. For full details click here.

20th October 2008

It was a double success for the Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket League and for Gwent Cricket at this year's Outstanding Service to Cricket Awards Ceremony at Lord's.  Ted Tipper won the OSCA in the Leagues and Boards category while Lisvane CC took the NatWest CricketForce award.  Ted won his for his role in helping to develop the League and Region of Gwent to its current status as one of the best in the country while Lisvane's was just reward for their efforts in completely recreating the pitch and pavilion at the old Cardiff YMCA ground.  The awards were made by the ICC Women's Player of the Year and World Cup captain, Charlotte Edwards, and England cricketer, Ravi Bopara.

(For further information, including a short video, giving the winners their 15 minutes of fame, click the ECB tab at the top of this page and follow the  Development/Natwest Oscas pathway.

13th October 2008

We are pleased to report that Ted Tipper completed his 12-mile walk with Sir Ian Botham to help raise funds for Leukaemia Research.  On Friday in Taunton, he was joined by Martyn Strange, and his wife Maggie, and the next day in Windsor by his wife Sue (and Gabbie and Kenny Logan!)

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