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Finals Day Report

Despite a wet start and poor light and showers through most of the day, the Finals Day was successfully completed at Ebbw Vale on Sunday 31st August.  This was mainly thanks to the unceasing efforts of Ebbw Vale members led by Lindsey and Nick Pepper who worked tirelessly throughout the day.  The conditions were not ideal for batting but the highlight of the day was the high standard of fielding.  Of the 41 wickets to fall during the day, no less than 16 were due to catches and 9 to run-outs!  The last match even ended in a tie, in controversial circumstances, and was settled for the first-time in ten years by a bowl-out.  To add to this, there was another first with one player winning man of the match in two Finals!

Under 11 Division -  Batting first, Newport got off to a steady start with 24 runs scored off the first four overs aided by some wayward Llanarth bowling as they struggled to come to terms with the damp conditions.  Leg spinner George Lewis then came on and immediately took two wickets before Amir Mian and Luke Harris steadied the ship.  However, Richard Roberts' four overs cost just eight runs and George's seven, which meant that Newport had to up the run-rate.  In the race for runs, there were three run-outs, including Amir for 17, but Luke carried his bat for 21 as Newport finished on 89 for 5 in their 20 overs.  After an opening partnership of 28 between Gareth Ansell (7) and Jamie Norman (19), Richard Roberts joined Jamie in a 51-run second-wicket stand.   He hit three fours and one six in his innings of 26 and Matt Doyle scored 10 in three shots to ensure a fairly comfortable victory by 7 wickets with five overs remaining.  Darnell Taylor-Wood took two wickets and Matthew Jones one. For his all-round performance with bat and ball, Richard Roberts was chosen as Player of the Match.

Under 13 Division -  Put into bat, Ponthir made a cautious start against Ebbw Vale losing two wickets for 13 runs.  Angus O'Brien and Haydn Smith then put on 51 for the third wicket to finish on 89 for 3 with Jamie Lewis and Will Birch taking one wicket apiece.  Angus made a fine 42 and Haydn finished on 23 not out.  In reply, Ebbw Vale lost wickets at regular intervals with only Robson Blake reaching double figures.  Aled Burkitt was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 10, with Haydn Smith taking two and Jarrod Bluck, Angus O'Brien, and Tom Sparshott one each.  Angus O'Brien was chosen as Player of the Match for his match-winning innings and all-round work in the field.

Under 15 Division - Ponthir lost wickets steadily to some very good bowling and fielding by Chepstow.  Only Angus O'Brien, who had just played in the U13 Final, got into double figures scoring 20, as they were bowled out for 66.  Aaron Jones took 3 for 13, Mitchell Harris 2 for 9 and Luke Watson, Ben Jones and Jack Harvey took a wicket apiece.  After some early alarms, Chepstow were seemingly on course for victory led by opener Ben Jones when Angus O'Brien took a remarkable four wickets in one over including Ben's.  This led to Chepstow needing two runs to tie the scores, off the last ball, and win the game as they had lost one less wicket than Ponthir.  In an extraordinary turn of events, they succeeded in getting the runs but also losing a wicket (see below).  This meant that both teams were all out for 66 and a bowl-out took place between all the players except the wicket-keepers which Chepstow won to take the title.  Ben Jones scored 31 and Sam Fisher 14 while Angus O'Brien took 4 for 4, Gareth Burkitt 2 for 14, Jarrod Bluck 2-15 and Jack Norman 1 for 4. After his heroics with the bat and ball, Angus O'Brien was awarded the Player of the Match title for the second successive game.

(The last ball in the U15 Final deserves a detailed description as it certainly caused controversy at the time.  Needing two to win, assuming they didn't get out, the Chepstow batters only scrambled one run before the ball was returned and the fielders started to celebrate the 'win'.  Realising the ball was not dead, as the umpire had not called over or time, the batters ran to level the scores and take them to 'victory'.  However, the one batter then ran down the pitch to celebrate with his partner when a Ponthir player, realising the ball was still not dead, had the presence of mind to run him out.  All this happened in a matter of seconds.  No blame should be attached to the players as everything was done in the heat of the moment at a very tense time.  Similar situations have arisen at international level, notably to South Africa in the World Cup.  Also, a test player was given run-out having left his ground to congratulate a colleague who had scored a century before the ball was considered 'dead'. As parents and coaches, however, it brings it home to us the importance of an in-depth knowledge of the Laws, in this case Law 23, sub-sections 1 (a) (x) and 1 (b)!  The Laws of Cricket can be purchased from the Lord's website for just 3 and I'm sure clubs could get a discount for a quantity.)

To be Played by          11th May          To be Played by          25th May        To be played by         15th June To be played by         6th July        31st August     Ebbw Vale
CRUMLIN              Walk-over     MALPAS                      45-10    
    MALPAS                  Walk-over   LLANARTH                   74-2  
    NEWBRIDGE                36-10      
      LLANARTH                 200-2    
    LLANARTH                      38-1      
    ROGERSTONE     Walk-over     LLANARTH        90-3
    PANTEG                       37-10    CROESYCEILIOG      71-4  
    CROESYCEILIOG        86-10      


    EBBW VALE                       1-6     (Champions)
      CHEPSTOW               115-4    
    CHEPSTOW                 129-6   CHEPSTOW                 59-9  
    N'PORT FUGITIVES    41-10      
      LISVANE                        93-8    
    LISVANE                          42-0      
    SUDBROOK          Walk-over     NEWPORT         89-5
      SUDBROOK               56-10    
    PONTHIR                         18-6   NEWPORT                113-2  
      NEWPORT                   57-0    
    NEWPORT                      19-3      
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  


To be Played by          11th May          To be Played by          25th May           To be played by         15th June  To be played by    6th July          31st August        Ebbw Vale
    LLANARTH             143 -2      
LLANARTH       Walk-over     LLANARTH             58-8    
PANTEG                  66-7   ABERTILLERY          81-6   PONTHIR          57-6  
    PANTEG                   69-8      
BRYNMAWR            53-4     PONTHIR                60-1    
    PONTHIR                  73-1      
    LISVANE                101-5     PONTHIR            89-3
      CROESYCEILIOG  115-9    
    CROESYCEILIOG    146-4      
    CHEPSTOW             48-1   CHEPSTOW      56-8  
      CHEPSTOW         116-2    
    NEWBRIDGE          47-10      


    MONKSWOOD        100-1     (Champions)
      MONKSWOOD      108-5    
    CRUMLIN                  99-5   BLACKWOOD    66-6  
    ROGERSTONE         88-8      
      BLACKWOOD       122-5    
    BLACKWOOD           98-3      
    NEWPORT               47-1     EBBW VALE 55 all out
SUDBROOK         129 - 6     NEWPORT             87-9    
    SUDBROOK             43-7      
ABERGAVENNY    89 - 6   MACHEN                75-10   EBBW VALE     68-3  
FUGITIVES            34-10     EBBW VALE         98-4    
    EBBW VALE            76-6      
EBBW VALE            35-0          
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  


To be Played by          11th May          To be Played by          25th May        To be played by         15th June   To be played by         6th July        31st August     Ebbw Vale
PENTWYN               81-5          
NEWBRIDGE           57-7   (Toss of Coin - see Rule 5) TREDEGAR    
ABERGAVENNY      39-8   TREDEGAR                 (Toss of Coin - see Rule 5) PONTHIR            103-6  
    PANTEG                41-9      
PANTEG                 40-2     PONTHIR     
    PONTHIR                  42-6      
    LISVANE                  70-1     PONTHIR    66 all out
      LISVANE              110-5    
    MALPAS                  66-5      
    BLACKWOOD          80-3   LISVANE              86-5  
      BLACKWOOD       108-8    
    MONKSWOOD         79-5      


    CRUMLIN     (Champions)
      CRUMLIN                90-2  

(After a bowl-out)

    SUDBROOK   CRUMLIN             106-6  
    LLANARTH            128 - 2      
      LLANARTH             89-6    
    CROESYCEILIOG   90 - 5      
    NEWPORT              169-3     CHEPSTOW 66 all out
USK                       67-10     NEWPORT             86-9    
    PONTNEWYNYDD    69-6      
EBBW VALE          120-4     CHEPSTOW           87-2    
CHEPSTOW           128-8          
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  

Semi-Finals Report

Under 11 Division - Batting first, Croesyceiliog found runs hard to come by and posted the fairly modest total of 71, despite only losing 4 wickets, with Barney Townsend making 23.  Llanarth passed this score for the loss of 2 wickets thanks mainly to Gareth Ansell with 20 and Matt Doyle who made 20 not out.  Matthew Jones made a fine 56 out of Newport's total of 113 for 2 against Chepstow who were then restricted to 59 for 9.

Under 13 Division - In a low-scoring game, Chepstow totalled 55 for 6 against Ponthir, for whom Jarrod Bluck took 3 for 5.  Ponthir reached this total for the loss of 3 wickets.  In a similar match, where the standard of bowling and fielding was very high, Blackwood made 66 for 6 and opponents Ebbw Vale also won by 7 wickets.  Corey Wallace made 23 not out and Tom Williams 22 not out.

Under 15 Division - Chepstow posted a challenging 154 for 6 thanks to Phil Eaton (38), Dan Tindall (32) and Aaron Jones (30).  J Dunn made an unbeaten 47 but Crumlin found the total too much and finished on 106 for 6.  Lisvane did well to restrict Ponthir to 103 for 6 with Gareth Burkitt making an unbeaten 39 and Jack Norman 26.  In reply, Alex Burkhard with 37 not out and Taron Ikram with 21 batted well but the team came up 17 runs short on 86 for 5.


Quarter-Finals Report

Under 11 Division - Llanarth scored a remarkable 200-2 in their quarter-final with Jamie Norman and Henry Breeze both scoring fifties and Matt Doyle and George Lewis both making 28 not out, before all were ‘retired’. In reply, Malpas managed 45 with George Lewis taking 3 for 8. They meet Croesyceiliog, who had a walk-over, in the semi-final. Chepstow posted 115 for 2 thanks to Tom Bevington (51) and Ollie Thornhill (35). Lisvane put up a good fight but finished 22 runs short on 93 for 8. Chepstow go on to meet Newport who had a ten-wicket win over Sudbrook with Amir Mian taking three wickets and Matthew Jones (25no) and Sai Shesak Raju (25no) sharing the unbeaten opening stand.

Under 13 Division - Ponthir restricted Llanarth to 58 for 8 with Angus O’Brien taking 4 for 6, including a hat-trick, and Haydn Smith 3 for 8. In reply, Aled Burkitt (36no) and Angus O’Brien put on 58 for the first wicket to see Ponthir home by nine wickets. Croesyceiliog posted 115 for 9 thanks to Lewis Pheasant (32) and Callum Reid (29) with Ross Barnett taking 4-16 including a hat-trick. Tom Smith (54) led Chepstow to victory by eight wickets and a semi-final with Ponthir. The other semi-final will be between Blackwood and Ebbw Vale. Blackwood totalled 122 for 5 with Elliott Keep (39) top-scoring and then managed to restrict Monkswood to 108 for 5 with M Jones making 45. Newport reached 87 for the loss of 9 wickets with Corey Wallace and Matthew Nash taking three wickets apiece. Ebbw Vale, led by Robson Blake (33no) passed this score losing four wickets.

Under 15 Division - Lisvane passed Blackwood’s 108 for 5 for the loss of 5 wickets with Rob Williams making 40 and then taking a hat-trick. They go on to play Ponthir in the first semi-final. Tom O’Neill scored 32no and William Davies took 3 for 19 in Llanarth’s 89 for 6. Crumlin comfortably reached this total losing just two wickets with Simon Veall finishing on 50 not out. They go on to play Chepstow who reached Newport’s 86 for 9, also for the loss of just two wickets, thanks mainly to Mitchell Harris with 3 for 4 and Phillip Eaton on 47 not out.

First Round Report

Under 11 Division - Llanarth had a comfortable nine-wicket win over Newbridge after bowling the opposition out for 36 with Callum Philpott taking 5 wickets for 12 runs. They meet Malpas, who had a walk-over, in the Quarter-Final. Meanwhile, Croesyceiliog’s 86 was too much for Panteg who finished on 37. They go on to play Rogerstone, who also had a walk-over. Chepstow totalled an impressive 129 for 6, with Ollie Thornhill scoring 35 not out, and then restricted Ebbw Vale to 51 for 6 with Matthew Baker taking 3 for 15. They will play Lisvane who had a comfortable ten-wicket win over Newport Fugitives after reaching the target of 42 runs. In a very low-scoring game, Newport overcame Ponthir, with Nathan Hariharan taking 4 for 3, and go on to play Sudbrook who defeated Usk.

Under 13 Division - Llanarth were too strong for Abertillery with Peter Downing batting through the twenty overs for 59 not out and, along with Hamish Matthews (23) and Jake Groves (26), reaching a total of 143 for 2. This was too much for a relatively inexperienced Abertillery side but Joshua Edwards made an impressive 42 not out in his team’s total of 143 for 2. They now meet Ponthir who beat Panteg by nine wickets. Set to score 70 to win, Jarrod Bluck (32 not out) and Angus O’Brien (31 not out) saw them to victory. Croesyceiliog set an imposing 146 for 4 thanks to Alex Kemp-Taylor (40) and Josh Harris (32) against Lisvane, who made a fight of it lead by T Ikram (49 not out), but eventually finished well short on 101 for 5. Their Quarter-Final opponents will be Chepstow who bowled out Newbridge for 47 and passed this total for the loss of one wicket with Joe Bird making an unbeaten 25. Crumlin who totalled 99 for 5, with Ieuan Veall scoring 46, lost to Monkswood by nine wickets thanks to Mike Jones with 50 not out and Rhys Hancock’s 36. The winners now meet Blackwood who restricted Rogerstone to 88 for 8 thanks to the bowling of Ryan Hughes with 4 for 12 and Elliott Keep with 3 for 16. Elliott Keep then led the Blackwood reply with 47 not out as they won by 7 wickets. Ebbw Vale had a closer win over Machen. After bowling them out for 75, with Robson Blake taking 4 for 16, they lost six wickets in reaching the target, with Ben Clifford taking 3 for 20. This means the final Quarter-Final is between Ebbw Vale and Newport , who restricted Sudbrook to 43 for 7 and lost just one wicket in reply.

Under 15 Division - Panteg lost to Ponthir in a low-scoring match which saw the winners passing their opponent’s total of 41 for 9 after losing 6 wickets. They now play Tredegar in the next round. Malpas scored 66 for 5 but Lisvane won by nine wickets thanks to Rob Williams, with 25 not out, and Joe Williams, with 21 not out. They meet Blackwood, for whom Brynmor Proudlove-Wilkes, with 35 not out, led the way to reaching Monkswood’s 79 for 5, for the loss of three wickets. In the other half of the draw, Llanarth’s 128 for 2, with Mungo Matthews making a fine 77 not out, was too much for Croesyceiliog, who finished on 90 for 5 with Will Glenn taking 4 wickets for 4 runs. Their next opponents are Crumlin, who totalled 91 for 4 against Sudbrook with Simon Veall making 32 not out. In reply, Sudbrook finished just four runs short on 87 for 6 with Ieuan Veall taking 3 for 12. The performance of the Round was surely Rhydian Knox’s excellent 106 not out in Newport’s total of 169-3 to set up a 100-run victory over Pontnewynydd. Newport now meet Chepstow in the fourth quarter-final.

Preliminary Round Report

Under 11 Division - Crumlin had a walk-over Abergavenny.

Under 13 Division - Luke Loder (30) and Sam Dawkins took part in a 43-run partnership but Panteg were limited to a total of 66 for 7 in their twenty overs thanks to Richard Miles who took 4 for 5 for Brynmawr. In reply, however, they came up 13 runs short on 53 for 4. Sudbrook’s 129 for 6, with James Matthews scoring 63, was too much for Abergavenny who finished on 89 for 6 while Ebbw Vale had a comfortable nine-wicket win over Newport Fugitives who managed just 34 all out.

Under 15 Division - Pentwyn’s 81 for 5 was too much for Newbridge who finished on 57 for 7 thanks to Ashley Paine’s 4 for 15. Meanwhile, Bryan Gumm of Panteg took 4 for 4 in Abergavenny’s innings of 39 for 8. Panteg passed this total for the loss of two wickets. Alex Barry scored 65 in Pontnewynydd’s 121 for 4 and team-mate Tom Haynes Took 5 wickets for just 8 runs as Usk were bowled out for 67. The match of the round was at Ebbw Vale where Chepstow scored 128 for 8 with Rhys Cresswell top-scoring on 44 and Nathan Lapping taking 3 for 22. In reply, Ebbw Vale fell just 8 runs short for the loss of 4 wickets with Lewis Britton finishing on 47 not out and Jakob Whitby making 32.