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Youth Cricket Shield 2013

Finals Day

This took place on Sunday 1st September at Croesyceiliog CC.  It was a glorious day throughout and the hundreds of spectators who attended were treated to a feast of cricket.  Congratulations and thanks go to the members of Croesyceiliog CC for providing an excellent square and outfield also for ensuring the players and spectators were well looked after throughout the day. 

U15 Final

Winners - Newport

Newport CC retained the Monmouthshire Building Society Under 15 Youth Cricket Shield in the Finals Day in a repeat of last year’s final against.  Newport won the toss and asked Croesyceiliog to bat, a decision soon justified with Sam Hope-Bell taking a wicket in the first over.  He went on to concede just five runs in his four overs.  Will Davey and Mat Kefalas then put on 29 before Davey was caught by Robbie Clarke off the bowling of Sion Edwards.  Ffion Wynne then took a wicket in a fine spell of bowling which cost just twelve runs in four overs.  With Edwards bowling Kefalas for 19 and Matt Williams taking a neat stumping off the bowling of Ryan Ward, Croesyceiliog were reeling at 36 for 4 in the tenth over.  However, Jamie Norman, with 15, and Lewis Edwards, 22, almost doubled this score before both were clean bowled by Scott Thornton.  In fact, Thornton was involved in the last four wickets to fall.  He started with a run out and then took three wickets in his last over, two clean bowled and one with the aid of a Huw Morris catch.  Croesyceiliog were finally bowled out in the nineteenth over for 81.

This total didn’t seem to be enough and so it proved.  Robbie Williams and Scott Thornton put on 31 for the first wicket before Williams was caught by Kefalas off the bowling of Adam Laasna for 16.  Darnell Taylor-Wood then joined Thornton and they reached the target in the eighteenth over without the loss of another wicket.  Thornton finished on 38 not out and Taylor-Wood 13 not out.

The Player of the Match was adjudged to be Scott Thornton for his all-round contribution with bat and ball.  This was the second successive year he had won this honour.

Runners-Up - Croesyceiliog


U13 Final

Winners - Newport

Newport CC took on Chepstow CC in the 2013 Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Shield Under 13 Final.  Batting first, Newport were indebted to a fine opening partnership between Robbie Clarke and Sam Hope-Bell.  They put on 72 before Hope-Bell was out, caught by Lewys Jones off the bowling of Harrison Rall for 34.  Rall followed this up with another quick wicket but Clarke then put on 48 for the third wicket with Krishnan Hariharan before he was bowled by Matteo Goddard for a fine 42.  Hariharan continued to dominate the bowling and, with able support from Tom Evans, took his personal score to 34 not out and Newport to an impressive 135 for 3 in twenty overs.

Chepstow’s task looked even more daunting with the loss of two early wickets, both to the bowling of Hope-Bell, one with the assistance of a Hariharan catch.  There then followed an exciting partnership between Jordan Harris-Cupitt and George Bazley.  Harris-Cupitt played the anchor role while Bazley blazed away scoring 28 of his 33 in boundaries including two huge sixes.  However, this positive approach to batting eventually proved his downfall with a neat stumping by Georgia Parfitt as he advanced down the pitch towards spinner Tom Lynbeck.  The score was then 77 for 4 wickets and Chepstow were still up with the run-rate.  The turning point of the match, however, was the fine diving catch on the boundary by Sam Hope-Bell, off the bowling of Will Smale, to dismiss Jordan-Cupitt for a an impressive 45.  Smale took another two wickets, one with the assistance of a Parfitt catch, and Charlotte Scarborough one, as the remaining Chepstow batters were unable to continue the momentum.  Chepstow eventually finished twenty-three runs short after a fine effort.

The Player of the Match was adjudged to be Sam Hope-Bell for his all-round contribution with bat and ball and his match-winning catch.

Runners-Up - Chepstow


U11 Final

Winners - Chepstow

In a repeat of last year, Chepstow took on Newport in the 2013 Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Under 11 Final.  Batting first, Harry Bachelor and Nathan Berry put on 17 for the first wicket before Bachelor was lbw to Matteo Goddard for 11.  Wickets then fell at regular intervals to Goddard, a second, two to Tom Franklin and one to Ryan Scrivens, who got the key wicket of Berry for a fine 40.  Goddard and Harry Pinchard contributed with catches.  Newport finished their twenty overs on 76 for 5.

In reply, Chepstow were looking comfortable on 63 for 2 with Tom Franklin out for 11, caught Ben Hope-Bell bowled Morgan Mohring.  Ryan Scrivens was still going strong but, when he was caught and bowled by Mohring for 32, panic seemed to set in, as three wickets fell in the space of four balls, a third for Mohring and two for Hope-Bell.  Chepstow then needed seven to win off the last five balls but the cool head of Ollie Mellings, well supported by Ben Kellaway, saw them to victory with a scampered run off the last ball.  While there was clearly a mixture of emotions amongst the players, they can all be satisfied with having been involved in a tremendous game of a cricket appreciated by a large crowd.

The Player of the Match was adjudged to be Ryan Scrivens for his contribution with the bat and his dismissal of Newport’s main batting threat.

Runners-Up - Newport

  To be Played by 20th May To be played by   10th June To be played by    8th July      1st Sept  at Croesyceiliog  
    MONMOUTH               112-2      
       MONMOUTH         66-6    
  USK                          109-5        
    USK                           51-10      
  EBBW VALE                104-2        
  MACHEN                    21-10     NEWPORT           77-6  
    NEWPORT                  131-2      
  NEWPORT                 127-3        
  ROGERSTONE              71-4    NEWPORT            119-4    
    PONTHIR                     58-2      
  PONTHIR                    72-7        
  MALPAS       (Winners)
  MONKSWOOD   ABERGAVENNY        78-2    
  CROESYCEILIOG          51-10        
  ABERGAVENNY            171-2        
  BRYNMAWR       CHEPSTOW         76-5    
     SUDBROOK                56-10      
  CHEPSTOW                135-3    CHEPSTOW           77-4    
    CHEPSTOW                 140-3      
  NEWBRIDGE                 42-6        
  First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home    
  U13 DIVISION 2013
  To be Played by          20th May        To be played by         10th June To be played by       8th July      1st Sept  at Croesyceiliog  
    PONTHIR                    50-10      
      CHEPSTOW            88-3    
  CHEPSTOW                 103-4        
    CHEPSTOW                  164-2      
  USK                            75-6        
  EBBW VALE                 122-2     CHEPSTOW         112-7  
    NEWBRIDGE                  113-5      
  NEWBRIDGE                130-2        
  MONKSWOOD    MALPAS                86-7    
    MALPAS                      121-2      
  NEWPORT                  170-1       (Winners)
  BLACKWOOD                50-4   NEWPORT          203-2    
  ABERGAVENNY              85-2        
  CROESYCEILIOG            84-6        
  MONMOUTH               102-6      NEWPORT       135-3  
     MONMOUTH              159-3      
  BRYNMAWR                100-5        
       MONMOUTH       44-10    
    MACHEN                     103-9      
  First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home    
  U15 DIVISION 2013
  To be Played by          20th May        To be played by         10th June To be played by       8th July      1st Sept  at Croesyceiliog  
    CHEPSTOW                 129-6      
       MACHEN             129-5    
  MACHEN                      74-5        
    MACHEN                     151-3      
  SUDBROOK                 73-10        
  NEWBRIDGE     NEWPORT             82-1  
    NEWBRIDGE                   50-7      
  FUGITIVES   NEWPORT            170-1    
    NEWPORT                   189-2      
  EBBW VALE                  33-8       (Winners)
    MALPAS                       78-4      
  MALPAS                     39-10   MONMOUTH    
  MONKSWOOD             108-8        
    MONMOUTH               136-7      
  MONMOUTH              130-4        
  CROESYCEILIOG            23-0      CROESYCEILIOG   81-10  
  BRYNMAWR                  22-9        
  First named - Home     First named - Away First named - Home    

Report of Semi Finals

The finalists for this year’s Monmouthshire Building Society’s Youth Cricket Shield have now been decided with Newport CC contesting all three finals (at Under 11, 13 and 15), while Chepstow CC are in two (Under 11 and U13) and Croesyceiliog in one (Under 15). 

In the Under 11 semi-finals, Newport posted 119 for 4 in their twenty overs with Ben Hope-Bell leading the way with 38, ably supported by Nathan Berry (25) and Morgan Mohring (23no).  In reply, Monmouth were restricted to 66 for 6 by some tight Newport bowling.  In their match, Chepstow restricted Abergavenny to 77 for 4.  James Rhydderch-Roberts made 23 with Matteo Goddard taking two wickets plus a catch for Chepstow.  Ryan Scrivens (35) and Tom Franklin (20no) led Chepstow to an 8-wicket victory to set up a repeat of last year’s final with Newport.

 At Under 13, Newport scored a massive 203 for 2 with Robbie Clarke scoring an impressive century and Sam Hope-Bell 55, with both retiring.  Monmouth were reduced to 44 all out with 11 year-old Ben Davies scoring 28 of these.  Meanwhile, Malpas’ total of 87 for 6 was reached by Chepstow for the loss of three wickets.  Chepstow’s Luca Goddard was the man-of-the match scoring 31no and taking 3 for 12; his team now plays Newport in the final.

 The Under 15 Final will also be a repeat of last year’s final between Newport and Croesyceiliog.  In their semi-final, Newport totalled 170 for 1.  Rob Williams scored 34 in an opening partnership with Darnell Taylor-Wood, who went on to make 72no, in an unbeaten 98-run partnership with Ryan Ward, who made 55no. Machen put up a good fight, led by Sam Haley with an unbeaten 54, but the target proved too much for them and they finished on 129 for 5. Unfortunately, Monmouth had to concede their tie to Croesyceiliog because of lack of players.

All three finals will be played on Finals Day at Croesyceiliog CC on Sunday, 1st September.

Report of Quarter Finals

In the Under 11 Division, Ben Davies (48no) led Monmouth to a total of 102 for 2 against Usk who were bowled out for 51.  They go on to meet Newport who defeated Ponthir by 73 runs, in the semi-final.  Nathan Berry (51no) and Harry Bachelor (37no) led Newport to 131 for 2 before some tight bowling and fielding restricted their opponents to 58 for 2.  Chepstow had a similarly dominant win over Sudbrook.  They made 140 for 3 thanks mainly to Ryan Scrivens' 62 and Matteo Goddard's unbeaten 41.  Joe Truckel then took 3 for 5 as Sudbrook were bowled out for 56.  Chepstow now meet Abergavenny in the second semi-final.

At Under 13, Chepstow amassed 164 for 2 thanks to Lewys Jones with 69 and Jordan Harris' 53.  Matteo Cutrupi then took 4 for 10 as Ponthir were reduced to 50 all out.  The match between Malpas and Newbridge was a much tighter affair.  An unbeaten 67-run partnership between Ellis James and Aadil Hassan saw Malpas to 121 for 2.  This was countered by a 76-run opening partnership between Thomas Morgan and J Holly which saw Newbridge in sight of victory.  However, a wicket maiden in the seventeenth over by Aadam Hassan in which he also effect a run out, was crucial as Malpas eventually won by just eight runs to set up a semi final with Chepstow.  A fine 41no, by under 11 player Ben Pilot helped Monmouth total 159 for 3, ably assisted by an unbeaten 30 from Gus Roberts.  Machen made a good effort but finished on 103 for 9 with Josh Roberts taking 3 for 9.  Monmouth now meet Newport in the semi-final. 

In the Under 15 Division, Machen totalled 151 for 3 with Sam Clifford making a fine 69 well supported by Owain Keane with 35.  A 69-run partnership between Benedict Tindall (53) and Alex Watson (46) was not quite enough to bring victory for Chepstow who finished on 129 for 7 with Jamie Dinsmore taking 3 catches for Machen.  They now meet Newport, who comprehensively beat Newbridge, in the semi-final .  With Ryan Ward (65no), Scott Thornton (57)  and Rob Williams (55) making fifties Newport totalled an impressive 189 for 2 before reducing their opponents to 50 for 7.  Monmouth, for whom Paris Thomas made 46, scored 136 for 7 which was too much for Malpas who finished on 78 for 4.  They now meet Croesyceiliog in the other semi-final.

Report of First Round

In the Under 11 Division, Usk posted 109 for 5 in their twenty overs with Oscar Watkins making 38.  Ebbw Vale fell just five runs short with Iwan Weaver also making 38.  They go on to meet Monmouth in the Quarter-Finals.  Meanwhile, Newport amassed 127 for 3 with Nathan Berry and Ben Hope-Bell both making their maiden half-centuries.  In reply, Machen were bowled out for 21 with Shahid Hussain taking 4 for 0 (including a hat-trick off his first three balls) and Sam Protheroe taking three wickets.  They now play Ponthir who beat Rogerstone in an exciting match.  Oliver Robson took 4 for 6 for Rogerstone but Ponthir’s Jack Ryan batted through their innings for 19no to ensure a three-wicket victory.  In the second half of the draw, Abergavenny totalled an impressive 171 for 2 and then bowled out Croesyceiliog for 51.  They meet Malpas in the next round. The fourth quarter-final is between Sudbrook and Chepstow, who had a comfortable win over Newbridge.  Tom Franklin made an unbeaten fifty for Chepstow with Alex Horton scoring over half of Newbridge’s runs with 24.

At Under 13, Jordan Harris led Chepstow to 103 for 4 with an unbeaten 45 while Lewys Jones’ 3 for 16 helped restrict Usk to 75 for 6. They now meet Ponthir in the first Quarter-Final.  Travis Morgan (70) and Kean Royall (42no) steered Newbridge to 130.  David Clarke led the charge for Ebbw Vale with 57no but his team fell just ten runs short.  Newbridge next play Malpas. Newport scored an impressive 170 for 1, with Sam Hope-Bell and Will Smale both retiring on fifty, against Blackwood who totalled 50 for 4.  Their Quarter-Final opponents will be Abergavenny who defeated Croesyceiliog in an exciting match.    Drew Heffernan scored 51 out of Abergavenny’s 85 for 2 and Croesyceiliog finished just one run short of this score. In the fourth Quarter-Final, there was another tight finish at Monmouth who totalled 102 for 6 but Brynmawr, needing seven runs off the last over, could only manage five. 

At Under 15, Machen held on to four good catches and Nicky Jones took 3 for 4 as Sudbrook finished on 73. They then seemed to be cruising at 61 for 2 with seven overs left but three quick wickets led to a nervy finish in the last over.  Chepstow are their opponents in the Quarter Final.  A Harris-Cupit scored 64 as Monmouth totalled 130 for 4 with Monkswood & Ponthir falling 22 runs short.  They now meet Malpas who got the best of a low-scoring match with Ebbw Vale.  The two teams totalled 72 runs for the loss of 18 wickets.  Croesyceiliog reduced Brynmawr to 22 for 9 and went on to a ten-wicket victory to set up a quarter-final with Abergavenny.