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Finals Day

This took place on Sunday 5th September at Usk CC.  However, heavy rain in the morning and at lunchtime meant the Under11 Final actually took almost four hours to complete with along break between innings.  The dry afternoon meant the Under 13 Final was played without a break but the Under 15 Final didn't start until 6pm.  The forecast clear sky didn't materialise and the umpires had to abandon the match after the first innings because of bad light; it will be replayed on Sunday, 19th September at Croesyceiliog.  Glamorgan opening bowler, Huw Waters, presented the trophies and CBW Director of Cricket, Peter Hybart, and his wife also attended .

Under 11 Champions - Malpas   

 Under 11 Runners-up Newport


The batters dominated in this year’s Under 11 Final, between Malpas and Newport, with only three wickets lost in the forty overs played.  Put into bat, Newport got off to a cautious start reaching 22 in the sixth over before they lost their first wicket. Callum Stewart then joined Sam Hope-Bell to put on 81 runs for the second wicket.  Stewart was out for 22 and Newport finished on 133 for 2 with Hope-Bell carrying his bat for a fine innings 60.  The pick of the bowlers for Malpas were Aadam Hassan, who bowled his four overs for just nine runs, and Aadil Hassan who took both the wickets to fall. 

The Malpas openers, Ryan Ward and Scott Archer, set about their reply with enthusiasm and put on a century partnership before Ward was out for 46 thanks to the combined efforts of two of Newport’s girls, Laura Dixon and Izzie Berry.  Scott Archer saw his team through to victory with an undefeated 35 to give Malpas their first-ever title in this competition.  Ryan Ward was nominated, by the umpires, as Player of the MatchThe players in each team were:

Malpas: Ryan Ward (Captain), Scott Archer, Benito Carnevale, Joel Christenson, Cameron Ford, Aadam Hassan, Joseph Cobb, Aadil Hassan, Ben Reed, George Hughes, Luke Edwards, Ellis James

Newport: Robbie Clarke (Captain), Izzy Berry, Laura Dixon, Rose Evans, Krishnan Hariharan, Sam Hope-Bell, Joseph Doherty, Sam Proctor, Joseph Rabaoitti, William Smale, Callum Stewart, Edward O'Keefe.

Under 13 Champions - Newport

Under 13 Runners-up - Llanarth


In this year’s Under 13 Final. The Newport openers, Jack Thorpe-Yon and Matt Jones, put on a fifty opening partnership, before the former was clean bowled for 26. When Jones was out for 36, the innings faltered slightly but Dan Lezar (15) and Luke Harris (14) helped take Newport to 137 for 6.  Callum Philpott and Max Norman were the pick of the bowlers, each bowling their four overs for sixteen runs and one wicket.  Glen Hamilton took 2 for 22 in three overs while Jack Norman and Hywel Rose also took a wicket. 

Llanarth never really came to terms with the Newport attack and lost wickets regularly as six clean bowled dismissals bore testimony to their accuracy.  Hywel Rose made a good contribution of 23 but only two other batters – Richard Roberts and Matt Doyle – made it into double figures.  Matt Jones was the most successful bowler taking 3 for 10 in four overs with just four scoring strokes off him.  Cameron Emmott took two wickets and Nathan Hariharan, Jack Thorpe-Yon and Dan Lezar one apiece as Llanarth completed their innings on 77 for 9. Matt Jones was nominated, by the umpires, as Player of the Match for his match-winning performance with bat and ball.  The players in each team were:

Newport: Matt Jones (Captain), Jack Thorpe-Yon, Nathan Hariharan, Dan Lezar, Rob Williams, Luke Harris, Darnell Taylor-Wood, Cameron Emmott, Amir Mian, Huw  Morris, Matt Davies, Gwynne Edwards.

Llanarth: Henry Breeze (Captain), Matthew Doyle, Glen Hamilton, George Lewis, Jamie Norman, Max Norman, Tom North, Liam O’ Hare, Callum  Philpott, Richard  Roberts, Hywel  Rose.

Under 15 Champions - Chepstow

     Under 15 Runners-up - Croesyceiliog


The rearranged Under 15 Final saw Croesyceiliog host Chepstow and it proved to be a low-scoring affair dominated by the bowlers.  Put into bat, Croesyceiliog reached 28 by the sixth over without losing a wicket but then lost six for the addition of just nine runs.  This was due mainly to a devastating spell by David Monk who took 4 for 8 in his four overs.  His victims included two clean bowled and two caught and bowled. Only Callum Reid (19) and Matthew Edmunds (11) made it into double figures for Croesyceiliog as they were eventually bowled out for 65 in the nineteenth over. Tudor Huggett took two of the last wickets to fall as well as a fine catch off his brother Tyler’s bowling for a third.

Chepstow never really looked in trouble despite losing the dangerous Tom Smith, clean bowled by Lauren Parfitt, in the sixth over with the score on 18.  They then lost two more wickets to bring them to 39 for 3 at the halfway stage of their innings.  However, Joe Bird and Sam Jackson saw them to victory by seven wickets with Bird carrying his bat for 25 not out.  David Monk was adjudged the Player of the Match for his match-winning spell of bowling.  The players in each team were:   

Chepstow:  Joe Bird (Captain), Gareth Ansell, Tom Bevington, Jack Farrant, Sam Jackson, Will Jackson, David Monk, Tyler Morgan-Huggett, Tudor Morgan-Huggett, Tom Smith, Josh Tregaskes. 

Croesyceiliog: Lewis Pheasant ( Captain), William Davey, Matthew Edmunds, Joe Everett, Bradley Jones, Ieuan Jones, Adam Laasna, Lauren Parfitt,  Callum Reid, Daniel Watkins, Michael Watkins

    To be Played by        10th May          To be Played by          24th May             To be played by         14th June To be played by         5th July      5th September   Usk CC
MONKSWOOD            76-5          
     PONTHIR         Walk Over      
PONTHIR                121-6     PONTHIR                 64-1    
    GWENT GIRLS   PONTHIR                 50-5  
    PANTEG                     44-8      
      PENTWYN         63 all out    
    PENTWYN                  78-3      
    MALPAS                     71-0     MALPAS           124-1
      MALPAS                 102-1    
LLANARTH       Walk Over   CHEPSTOW                70-7      
    LLANARTH                 90-6   MALPAS                 105-3  
ROGERSTONE      SUDBROOK             100-5    
    SUDBROOK               118-5      
    CROSSKEYS              14-10    


ABERGAVENNY          89-5     CROESYCEILIOG       93-3    
CROESYCEILIOG        91-1   BLACKWOOD              78-5      
      ABERCARN               81-7    
    ABERCARN                 79-5      
    EBBW VALE                95-5     NEWPORT        133-2
      EBBW VALE            40-10    
    USK                           94-2      
    NEWPORT                143-2   NEWPORT               47-5  
NEWBRIDGE              67-1     NEWPORT              182-2    
    NEWBRIDGE               62-5      
MACHEN                   64-5          
 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     5th September        Usk CC
EBBW VALE             123-6          
    BRYNMAWR             117-4      
BRYNMAWR            124-3     NEWPORT             160-5    
    NEWPORT               164-2   NEWPORT           94-1  
    MACHEN                  132-6      
      MONKSWOOD          68-2    
    MONKSWOOD          170-6      
    ABERCARN                47-9     NEWPORT           137-6
      CROESYCEILIOG     111-1    
NEWBRIDGE         79-1   CROESYCEILIOG       117-2      
    NEWBRIDGE             130-3   CROESYCEILIOG  90-7  
USK                     78-7     NEWBRIDGE            47-9    
    SUDBROOK                64-8      


BLACKWOOD     LISVANE                  92-7    
    LISVANE           Walk Over   LISVANE            132-7  
LISVANE          Walk Over   CHEPSTOW             141-6      
    (Ponthir win on less wickets) PONTHIR                 88-7    
    PONTHIR                 141-3      
    ROGERSTONE            56-5     LLANARTH            77-9
PANTEG     ABERGAVENNY         92-7    
    ABERGAVENNY         109-5      
ABERGAVENNY Walk Over   LLANARTH              167-4   LLANARTH         190-3  
PENTWYN     LLANARTH            219-2    
Walk Over   NEWPORT FUGITIVES 83-6      
 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       5th September    Usk CC
BRYNMAWR              75-6          
    NEWBRIDGE              85-4      
NEWBRIDGE              76-4     CROESYCEILIOG       207-1    
    CROESYCEILIOG       130-5   CROESYCEILIOG   112-8  
      PANTEG                  108-7    
    PANTEG           Walk Over      
    BLACKWOOD             69-6     CROESYCEILIOG
      EBBW VALE             215-2  


ABERGAVENNY        121-4   EBBW VALE               73-1      
    ROGERSTONE          135-8   EBBW VALE           80-10  
ROGERSTONE         139-9     ROGERSTONE          154-2    
    ABERCARN               115-8      
    SUDBROOK       Walk Over    


      SUDBROOK                    87-7    
    MONKSWOOD   CHEPSTOW            83-2  
    CHEPSTOW               73-2      
      CHEPSTOW             137-2    
    MACHEN                   72-8      
      CRUMLIN                   40-9    
    CRUMLIN          Walk Over      
    NEWPORT              119-10   LISVANE                    82-10  
PONTHIR                124-3     LISVANE                        165-1    
    LISVANE                 143-5      
LISVANE                 125-0          
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home  

Semi Finals

In the Under 11 Division, Malpas posted 105 runs for the loss of just three wickets in their twenty overs against Ponthir. This was mainly due to a fine partnership between Ryan Ward (34) and Scott Archer (29). Ponthir found the bowling difficult to score against and finished on 50 for 5 with Aadam Hassan taking two wickets. This will be Malpas’ first appearance in the final since 1998, the inaugural year of the competition, where they will meet Newport who are making their third consecutive appearance and are the reigning champions. In a low-scoring game, Newport passed Croesyceiliog’s 46-6 for the loss of five wickets. Robbie Clarke scored 22 and Izzy Berry took two wickets for Newport.

At Under 13, Llanarth scored a massive 190 for 3 thanks mainly to Richard Roberts with an excellent 111. Lisvane put up a good show, with S Ikram making 51, but had to settle for 132 for 7. This will be Llanarth’s first ever appearance in the Under 13 Final and they will play Newport, last year’s runners-up. In their Semi-final, Newport restricted Croesyceiliog to 90 for 7 with Will Davey scoring 34 and Luc Kear 27. Nathan Hariharan led the reply with an undefeated 44 as Newport won by nine wickets.

At Under 15,  Lisvane were bowled out for 82 by Chepstow, for whom Sam Jackson took 4 for 7 and Tyler Morgan-Hugget 4 for 9.  In reply, Tom Smith (27) and David Monk (18) put on 51 for the first wicket to set up an eight wicket win for Chepstow.  In the other Semi-Final, Croesyceiliog made 112 for 8 with Mike Watkins scoring 46 and Callum Reid 26 with Cameron Tippings taking three wickets for Ebbw Vale.  They then found this total rather too much and were bowled out for 80 with Robson Blake scoring 39 of these runs.  The wickets were spread around with Lewis Pheasant and Adam Laasna taking three apiece and Ieuan  Jones and Callum Reid two each.

Quarter Finals

The quarter-finals have now been completed for all three age groups. At Under 11, Ponthir bowled Pentwyn out for 63 with Josh Kunz taking three wickets in an over. An fine opening partnership between Tom Simkiss (20no) and Marc McKay (26) saw Ponthir through to a nine-wicket win. They go on to meet Malpas who beat Sudbrook by the same margin. Sudbrook scored 100 for 5, with Elliot Thomas making 23, but a 76-run partnership between Scott Archer (34no) and Ryan Ward (27) ensured this total was passed comfortably. In the bottom half of the draw, Abercarn restricted Croesyceiliog to 93 for 3 with Ryan Avery (35no) and Josh Waters (27) leading the way. Despite B Murphy’s 22, Abercarn finished 12 runs short for the loss of 7 wickets. Croesyceiliog’s opponents in the semi-final will be Newport who had an emphatic win over Ebbw Vale. Ten-year old Robbie Clarke made a remarkable 112no, his maiden century, and, with Krishnan Hariharan on 38no, led Newport to a total of 182 for 2. This was too much for Ebbw Vale who finished on 40 for 9.

At Under 13, Dan Lezar hit a fine 81no to help Newport to 160 for 5. Monkswood couldn’t come to terms with the bowling of Darnell Taylor-wood and Amir Mian, who both took three wickets apiece, and went down to a 92-run defeat. This sets up a tie with Croesyceiliog for whom Will Davey (56no) and Luc Kear (34no) shared in a 108-run partnership to take them to 111 for 1. In reply, Newbridge finished on 47 for 9 with Luc Kear and James Scarborough taking two wickets apiece; James was also involved in two run-outs. In the bottom-half of the draw, Lisvane finished on 92 for 7 with J Thomas taking three wickets for Ponthir. In reply, Ponthir came up just four runs short. Their next opponents will be Llanarth, for whom Jamie Norman (64) and Richard Roberts (52) were both retired as Llanarth totalled 219 for 2. Abergavenny finished on 92 for 7 despite Tom Keane’s battling unbeaten 50.

At Under 15, Callum Reid scored a remarkable 136no and with Lewis Pheasant (39no) led Croesyceiliog to 207 for 1. Panteg finished on 108 for 7 with Josh Harris making 32 and Lewis Jones taking 4 wickets for 10 runs in 3 overs. This set up a semi-final with Ebbw Vale for whom Robson Blake scored an equally impressive 131no and with Tom Williams (46) saw his team make 215 for 2. Rogerstone’s T Berry (65no) and L Ingham (51no) did their best but the team ended up on 154 for 2. Tom Smith with 67no and Joe Bird’s 43 saw Chepstow reach 137 for 2, a total which proved too much for Sudbrook who could only muster 85 for 7. They go on to meet Lisvane who amassed 165 for 1 thanks to T Morgan’s unbeaten 84. N Fowler then took 5 wickets for nine runs to help reduce Crumlin to 40 for 9.

Preliminary and First Rounds

Thanks to a fairly dry May, the Preliminary and First Round ties have been almost all completed. This is a knockout competition played at Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 levels to the normal twenty-over rules with all three finals to be played at Usk CC on September 5th.

At Under 11, in the Preliminary Round, Tom Simkiss (Ponthir) carried his bat for 22no in his side’s total of 121 for 6. In reply, Monkswood’s opener, Matthew Hancock, just failed to repeat the feat by getting out in the last over as his team posted 76 for 5. Abergavenny totalled 89 for 5 with Tristan Astley-Jones making 51 but Croesyceiliog passed this score for the loss of one wicket thanks to Ellis Pheasant (37) and Ryan Avery (26no). Newbridge had a similar nine-wicket victory over Machen.

In the First Round, Pentwyn's 78 for 3 was too good for Panteg who finished on 44 for 8.  Chepstow made 70 for 7 with the Malpas keeper, Cameron Ford, being involved in a stumping and two run-outs. Malpas reached this total without loss with Ryan Ward making 41no. Sudbrook, meanwhile, made 118 for 5 with Ben Supple scoring 42. For Llanarth, Max Norman took 3 for 13 but his team finished 28 runs short on 90 for 6. Blackwood made 78 for 5 but were beaten by Abercarn by five wickets and Usk’s 94 for 2 (Harry Morris 21no) was not good enough to beat Ebbw Vale, who also had a five-wicket win. Finally, Newport scored an impressive 143 for 2 with Robbie Clarke and Sam Hope-Bell both scoring their maiden fifties in a century partnership. This was too much for Newbridge who could only reach 62 for 5.

At Under 13, in the Preliminary Round, Ryan Murphy-Sharpe (42) helped Ebbw Vale to 123 for 5. In reply, Nathan Davies (43) and Richard Miles (36) enabled Brynmawr to win by seven wickets despite Zac Agnew taking all three wickets for just five runs. H Jones scored 30 in Usk’s 78 for 7 but Jake Watkins led Newbridge to a nine-wicket victory with 42no.

In the First Round, Richard Miles (39) again contributed for Brynmawr’s 117 for 4 but this was not enough to reach Newport’s 164 for 2 which included fifties from Matt Jones and Nathan Hariharan. Monkswood amassed 170 for 6 thanks mainly to Ben Brooks with 89; Sam Haley took 3-26 for Machen who made a creditable 132 for 6 with Roy Furnival making 31. Croesyceiliog posted 117 for 2 and then bowled out Abercarn for 47. Player of the match was Luc Kear who scored 52no and took four wickets in four balls! Adam Laasna also contributed 30. Newbridge continued their winning ways by scoring 130 for 3 and then reducing Sudbrook to 64 for 8. The main contributors were Ben Wellington (44), Jake Watkins (35) and Elliot Jenkins (3 for 2). Llanarth were too good for Newport Fugitives scoring 167 for 4 with Jamie Norman (33no) and Matt Doyle (41no) leading them to an 85-run victory. Abergavenny's 109 for 5, with Tom Keane scoring 41, was too much for Rogerstone who finished on 56 for 5. The match of the round was between Chepstow and Ponthir where the match ended in a tie. Lewis Johnson (60no) and Matt Jones (37) led Ponthir to 141 for 3. Tom Bevington (52) and Benedict Tindall (47) helped take Chepstow to the same score, with Loui O’Brien taking 3 for 21, but, crucially, Ponthir had lost less wickets so won the game.

At Under 15, in the Preliminary Round, Newbridge overcame Brynmawr’s 75 for 6 for the loss of four wickets with Tom Kinsey making 37no. Rogerstone totalled 138 for 9 with Liam Greening (31) and Alex Price (31no) but, despite Dan Cooke’s 46, Abergavenny finished 18 runs short on 121 for 4. Ponthir, meanwhile, made 124 for 3 thanks to Jarrod Bluck (67no) and Aled Burkitt (34) but Tom Morgan (62no) and Tariq Ikram (55no) saw Lisvane through to a ten-wicket win.

In the First Round, Croesyceiliog totalled 130 for 5 thanks to a fine 72no by Callum Reid supported by Lauren Parfitt with 27no and then restricted Newbridge to 85 for 4. Blackwood could only make 69 for 6, a target Ebbw Vale didn’t take long to reach thanks to Robson Blake scoring 57 from 20 balls! Rogerstone scored 135 for 8 with J Harris making 30. Deri Roberts produced an exceptional spell of bowling for Abercarn, taking 5 for 28 in his four overs with Todd James taking 3 for 15. Despite Kurt Smith (35) and Garin Trubey (27) putting on a fifty-partnership, Abercarn cme up 20 runs short on 115 for 5. Chepstow’s bowlers, Tyler Morgan-Huggett and Will Durbin, took three wickets apiece to restrict Machen to 72 for 8 and their batters ensured an eight-wicket victory. Finally, Newport, for whom Louis Tovey top scored with 56, were bowled out for 119 in reply to Lisvane’s score of 143 for 5 during which Sam Williams made 47.