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Finals Day

This year's Finals Day took place on Sunday 6th September at Newport Cricket Club. Despite the dreary weather forecast, it turned out to be a lovely day and the ground conditions were good, though it was rather soft after the heavy rain during the week.


                                            Under 11 Champions - Newport                                                                                          Under 11 Runners-Up - Llanarth

The Under 11 Final was between Llanarth and Newport. Batting first Llanarth could never come to terms with the accuracy of the Newport bowlers and the slow nature of the pitch. After ten runs came in the first over, Darnell Taylor-Wood took two wickets in the second and, thereafter, there was a steady procession of Llanarth batsmen going back to the pavilion and they finished on 53 all out, with five of their allotted overs remaining. Huw Morris took 3 for 14 in his four overs and, with Taylor-Wood’s 2 for 16, they both accounted for the top five batters for just 25 runs. Robert Clarke then took 3 for 8 in three overs and Sam Hope-Bell and Gwyn Edwards took one wicket apiece.

The value of bowling straight was demonstrated by the fact that seven wickets were clean bowled, two lbw and two caught-and-bowled. As a result, none of the Llanarth batters made it into double figures and only three fours were scored.

The Newport openers seemed to have no such problems with the pitch or the bowling and raced to the target in just eight overs. Robert Williams (28no) and Darnell Taylor-Wood (18no) scored seven boundaries between them in their unbeaten opening stand. Newport had reversed last year’s Final result to take the title for the second time in the competition’s history.

In recognition of his all-round contribution with bat and ball and his organisation of his players in the field, Newport captain, Darnell Taylor-Wood, was chosen by the umpires as ‘Player of the Match’.


                                          Under 13 Champions - Chepstow                                                                                           Under 13 Runners-Up - Newport

The 13 Final was between Chepstow and Newport. For Chepstow, it was their first time in the Final at this age-group while Newport were playing in their seventh having won six of them.

Batting first, Chepstow lost an early wicket but David Monk and Sam Jackson put on 42 for the second wicket. They then both lost their wickets with Monk making a patient 13 while Jackson’s 27 included three fours and one six. The innings then rather lost its way as just 21 runs were added for the loss of 4 wickets and it closed on 81 for 7. The pick of the bowlers was Conor Hopkins with 3 for 14 and Daniel King whose 4 overs cost just 6 runs and brought two wickets.  Matt Jones took the other wicket and Ryan Cobb took two catches behind the stumps.

In reply, Newport got off to a cautious start and reached 25 before the loss of the first wicket in the sixth over. In fact 3 wickets fell at that score including Matt Jones for 16. Ryan Cobb (12) and Louis Tovey then put on 25 for the fourth wicket but the tight Chepstow bowling meant that they were getting behind the required run-rate. In the end, they came up 7 runs short with Tovey unbeaten on 21. The successful bowlers were Tom Smith with 2 for 3 and Sam Murphy with 1 for 6 in their four overs apiece.

So, Chepstow became the sixth name on the Shield and in recognition of his contribution with the bat, which turned out to be the turning point in the match, Sam Jackson was chosen by the umpires as ‘Player of the Match’.



                                                Under 15 Champions - Blackwood                                                      Under 15 Runners-Up - Newport

The Under 15 Final was between Newport and Blackwood. This was Newport’s sixth time in the Final at this age-group (four of which they won) while Blackwood had been in three previously and won them all.

Batting first, Blackwood lost an early wicket but were looking good at 49 for 1 when their second wicket fell. The impetus was then lost when Callum Herring was bowled by Jack Scarr but James Perrett (17) and Elliot Keep (11) picked up the momentum with a 29-run partnership to help Blackwood reach 99 for 5 in their twenty overs. The wickets were spread around with Tom Carter taking two and Jordan Bachelor, Jack Scarr and Louis Tovey one each.

In reply, Newport struggled to get going and lost wickets at regular intervals thanks to a combination of good bowling and enthusiastic fielding which resulted in three run outs. They were bowled out for 45 in 13 overs. James Perrett was the pick of the bowlers with 4 for 11 with Callum Herring taking 2 for 9 and Dafydd Read the other wicket.

In recognition of his contribution with bat and ball, James Perrett was chosen by the umpires as ‘Player of the Match’.

To be Played by          10th May          To be Played by          24th May        To be played by         14th June To be played by         5th July       6th September   Newport
walkover   BLACKWOOD                 78-3      
NEWPORT FUGIES     BLACKWOOD             16-10    
CROESYCEILIOG      105-0   NEWBRIDGE                  73-7   LLANARTH                159 -2  
    LLANARTH                     122-3      
LLANARTH                  109-1     LLANARTH                    19-0    
    CHEPSTOW                     82-6      
    ABERCARN     LLANARTH    53 all out
    walkover PONTHIR                    116-4    
    USK                                   89-3   PONTHIR              23 all out  
      MONKSWOOD              58-3     
    MONKSWOOD                92-3      
    ROGERSTONE     (Champions)
      LISVANE                         80-2    
    LISVANE   SUDBROOK                 58-5  
    PANTEG                            47-8      
      SUDBROOK                  81-1    
    SUDBROOK                     48-3      
    NEWPORT                     145-2     NEWPORT            54-0
CRUMLIN     NEWPORT                   112-1    
walkover   MALPAS                            46-7      
MALPAS   PENTWYN                        89-3   NEWPORT                  101-1  
EBBW VALE     EBBW VALE                   26-9    
walkover   EBBW VALE                   116-0      
 First named - Away First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home


To be Played by          10th May          To be Played by          24th May        To be played by         14th June To be played by         5th July       6th September   Newport
PONTHIR                       81-2          
    SUDBROOK                    77-6      
SUDBROOK                  82-3     NEWPORT                  178-2    
    NEWPORT                    149-4   NEWPORT            123-5  
    NEWPORT FUGIES       71-5      
      PONTNEWYNYDD    30-10    
MACHEN   PONTNEWYNYDD         79-5   (Newport won on  
walkover   NEWBRIDGE                  57-8   wickets lost) NEWPORT                   74-4
NEWBRIDGE     LLANARTH                 169-0    
CROESYCEILIOG      142-4   LLANARTH                    125-5      
    CROESYCEILIOG   LLANARTH            123-6  
ABERGAVENNY         101-3   walkover CROESYCEILIOG       93-8    


    EBBW VALE                  136-2     (Champions)
BLACKWOOD              106-3     EBBW VALE                  72-1    
    CRUMLIN                    117-10   EBBW VALE            77-6  
CRUMLIN                     110-6   PANTEG                           62-5      
      BRYNMAWR                 70-6    
    BRYNMAWR                  109-2      
    USK                                46-10     CHEPSTOW                81-7
      MONKSWOOD          41-10      
    MONKSWOOD              150-1      
    CHEPSTOW                    48-0   CHEPSTOW           79-0  
LISVANE                         66-3     CHEPSTOW                 42-1     
    LISVANE                        47-10      
ABERCARN                   65-6          
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  


To be Played by          10th May          To be Played by          24th May        To be played by         14th June To be played by         5th July       6th September   Newport
CRUMLIN                        86-2          
    CRUMLIN                      138-4      
ABERGAVENNY             85-4     BLACKWOOD                99-2    
    BLACKWOOD               139-1                84-3  
    MACHEN                        119-7      
      PONTHIR                        98-6    
    PONTHIR                       156-2      
    MONKSWOOD     BLACKWOOD        99-5
    Walkover MONKSWOOD               77-6    
MALPAS                           91-1   ROGERSTONE      
    MALPAS                         100-2   CROESYCEILIOG      81-6  
EBBW VALE                    87-8      CROESYCEILIOG        148-5    
    CROESYCEILIOG        105-8      


    SUDBROOK                  102-7     (Champions)
      LLANARTH                      60-8    
    LLANARTH                    186-2   NEWPORT                  82-6  
    Walkover NEWPORT                       63-3    
    NEWBRIDGE                  80-3     NEWPORT     45 all out
      PANTEG                         126-1    
    PANTEG                           83-5       
    CHEPSTOW                  153-2   CHEPSTOW                79-7  
ABERCARN                    61-5     CHEPSTOW                 127-1    
    ABERCARN                   108-8      
LISVANE                     60 - 10          
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  

Semi Finals

In the Under 11 competition Newport defeated Sudbrook comfortably in the Semi-Final. They totalled 101 for the loss of one wicket with Darnell Taylor-Wood making 40 and Robert Williams an unbeaten 37 not out. In reply, Taylor-Wood took two wickets as Sudbrook were restricted to 58 for 5. Newport’s opponents in the Final will be Llanarth who had an even more emphatic victory over Ponthir. Batting first, Jamie Norman and Hywel Rose put on a 150-run opening partnership before Rose was out for 57. Norman finished on a fine 79 not out as his team finished on 159 for 2. In reply, Ponthir had no answer to the bowling of James Long, who took 4 wickets in 11 balls, and that of Max Norman with three wickets in his four overs, and were bowled out for just 23.

The match of the whole competition was seen in the Under 13 Division Semi-Final between Newport and Llanarth. Llanarth scored a challenging 123 for 6 against this year’s Welsh Champions thanks to C Griffin with 58 and Matthew Doyle with 23. Newport, with contributions from Matt Jones (34), Louis Tovey (27) and Conor Hopkins (20no) chased this down and, in an exciting finish, scrambled a tie off the last ball. Crucially, however, they had lost only 5 wickets so won the match on the ‘less wickets’ rule. The other Semi-Final was, by contrast, a one-sided affair. Ebbw Vale totalled a modest 77 for 6 in their twenty overs with Luke Furnell the pick of the bowlers conceding just one run in his four overs. In reply, the Chepstow openers ensured a comfortable 10-wicket victory. Tom Smith finished on 44 not out and David Monk was unbeaten on 22.

Newport’s third finalist was guaranteed when their U15 team overcame Chepstow who totalled 79 for7. Newport didn’t find it easy but reached the target with 4 wickets to spare led by Tom Carter with an unbeaten 32no. In a similarly low-scoring game, Croesyceiliog made 81 for 6, a total which Blackwood passed for the loss of 3 wickets with Tom Baker dominating the innings with 59 not out.

Quarter Finals

The quarter-finals of the Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Shield have now been completed. In the Under 11 Division, Blackwood had the misfortune to come up against reigning champions, Llanarth, in supreme form and were bowled out for just 19 with Hywel Rose taking 5 wickets for 5 runs and Jamie Norman 3 for 3. In reply, Llanarth passed their total in two overs and go on to meet Ponthir in the semi-final. They scored 116 for 4 thanks mainly to a good partnership between Loui O’Brien (39no) and Harry Waterhouse (29no). Monkswood only lost three wickets but couldn’t maintain the run-rate finishing on 58 for 3. The other semi-fimal will be between Sudbrook and Newport. Lisvane posted a creditable 80 for 2 but Sudbrook reached the target for the loss of Joseph Voke who made 47. Last year’s runners-up, Newport, totalled 112 for 1 with Darnell Taylor-Wood scoring an unbeaten fifty. He was well supported by Huw Morris who made 21no and then went on to take 4 for 3 (all clean bowled) as Ebbw Vale finished on 26.

At Under 13, Newport posted a massive 178 for 2 with Ryan Cobb and Nathan Hariharan both scoring unbeaten fifties. Pontnewynydd were then bowled out for 30 with Amir Mian taking 3 for 5. Llanarth hit an equally impressive 169 for 0 after retiring several batsmen with Gareth Ansell making 46no and Richard Roberts 40no. Croesyceiliog tried hard but eventually finished on 93 for 8. Newport and Llanarth now meet in an eagerly awaited match in the semi-final. The other semi-final will be between Ebbw Vale and Chepstow who had similarly convincing wins batting second. Ebbw Vale passed Brynmawr’s 70 for 6 for the loss of one wicket thanks to a fifty partnership between Corey Wallace and Matthew Nash, who had earlier taken 3 for 3. Monkswood totalled 41 all out, a score Chepstow made 42 for 1 thanks mainly to David Monk with 23no.

At Under 15, Ponthir posted 98 for 6 with Jack Norman scoring 35 and Angus O’Brien 33. Tom Baker lead Blackwood to victory with 59no out of a total of 98 for 2. Their semi-final opponents will be Croesyceiliog who made 148 for 5 thanks to David Richards with 51no and Callum Reid with 37. In reply, Monkswood finished on 77 for 6. Reigning champions, Chepstow, took the honours in a high scoring encounter with Panteg for whom Josh o’Connor made 92 out of a total of 126 for 1. Chepstow were up to the task, however, losing just wicket with Joe Bird leading the way with 60no. They now play Newport who reduced Llanarth to 60 for 8 and won with seven wickets in hand.

Preliminary and First Rounds

At Under 11, in their Preliminary Round, Croesyceilog scored 105 for 0 against Llanarth with Will Davey making 42no and Luc Kear 40no. Llanarth reached the target after losing one wicket thanks to Jamie Norman with 49no and Hywel Rose’s 37. The same two batters, Norman with 65no and Rose with 25, helped Llanarth post 122 for 3 in their First Round fixture against Chepstow. Their opponents succumbed to an all-round bowling and fielding display and finished on 82 for 6. In an exciting game at Blackwood, Newbridge failed to reach the home team’s score of 78 for 3 by just five runs thanks mainly to Martin Evans’ four wickets for nine runs. Monkswood also had a close win over Usk whose 89 for 3 was just three runs short of the opposition’s 92 for 3. Sudbrook had a more 7-wicket comfortable win over Panteg who totalled 47 for 8 with Ben Supple and Joseph Voke both taking three wickets and David Packer three catches. Meanwhile, Newport amassed 145 for 2 thanks to Darnell Taylor-Wood’s 71 and Jac Hardman with 40 and then restricted Malpas to 46 for 7. Ebbw Vale’s win over Pentwyn was equally clear-cut with openers Nicky Pepper with 50no and Edward Harper on 29no contributing to a total of 116 for 0. Pentwyn finished on 87 for 3.

At Under 13, four matches were played in the Preliminary Round. Sudbrook reached Ponthir’s 81 for 2, Harry Southall making 31, for the loss of 3 wickets with James Hussey unbeaten on 30. Meanwhile, Croesyceiliog amassed 142 for 4 thanks to Rhys Jacob with 55no and Adam Laasna’s 42. Despite Nathan Holley’s 56no Abergavenny came up short on 101 fo3. Iwan Gane helped Blackwood score 106 for 3 with a score of 54 but Connor Gibbs’ 32 and Ieuan Veall with 37no saw Crumlin victors by 4 wickets. In a low-scoring match, Lisvane’s L Morgan with 3 for 20 helped restrict Abercarn to 65 for 7, a score Lisvane reached for the loss of 3 wickets.

In the First Round, George Lewis contributed 51and Matt Doyle 37 towards Llanarth’s 125 for 5. Ben Wellington took 3 for 12 for Newbridge but his side struggled with the bat and finished on 57 for 8. Gareth Ansell kept particularly well behind the stumps taking a catch and two stumpings. Tom Williams hit a fine 69no and Corey Wallace 33 as Ebbw Vale posted 136 for 2, a total Crumlin failed to reach by 20 runs. At Panteg, the visitors Brynmawr totalled 109 for 2 with Richard Miles unbeaten on 51. The home side finished on 62 for 5. Monkswood, meanwhile, amassed 150 runs for the loss of one wicket, thanks to Josh Malsom’s excellent 85 and Dan Pilley with 41no, and then bowled Usk out for 46. Chepstow had a similarly emphatic victory by bowling Lisvane out for 47, with Kieran Fosh taking 5 for 10, a total they reached without losing a wicket with Tom Smith making 33no. In the remaining match, Newport defeated Sudbrook.

At Under 15, three matches were played in the Preliminary Round. Alex Richards’ 30 helped Abergavenny reach 85 for 4 but Simon Veall with 45 ensured a comfortable 8-wicket victory for Crumlin. Malpas comfortably reached Ebbw Vale’s 87 for 8 for the loss of 1 wicket led by Lee Evans with an unbeaten 56. In a low-scoring game, Abercarn bowled out Lisvane for 60 and lost 5 wickets in reaching the target.

In the First Round, Simon Veall scored 96no out of Crumlin’s 139 for 1 but Callum Herring with 54 and Tom Baker’s 63no saw Blackwood home by 9 wickets. Ponthir totalled 156 for 2 thanks to Jack Norman with 69no and Machen finished on 119 for 7 with R Mellor making 32. Jarrod Bluck did the damage taking 4 wickets for 11 runs. Lee Evans continued his good form in the previous round with 71no out of Malpas’ 100 for 2. However, it wasn’t enough as they finished 5 runs short of Croesyceiliog’s 105 for 8. Llanarth posted a huge 186 for 2 thanks to Will Glenn with an unbeaten 88 and Peter Downing’s 61. In reply, Elliott Ferriman scored 44 in Sudbrook’s 102 for 7. Panteg passed Newbridge’s 80 for 3 for the loss of 5 wickets with Josh O’Connor scoring 49. In the last match, Chepstow, with Tom Smith scoring 85no and Alex Bevington with 38, totalled 153 for 2 and restricted Abercarn to 108 for 8