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Youth Cricket Shield 2014

Finals Day

This took place at Chepstow Cricket Club on Sunday, 31st August.  They took over, with less than 48 hours notice, after the previous week's heavy rain forced it to be switched from Newbridge Cricket Club, and did a terrific job in ensuring everything went smoothly, on and off the field.  The day itself was glorious and the large crowd was treated to an enjoyable day of youth cricket.

U11 Final - Chepstow CC v Newport CC


                                              Winners - Newport                                                                                       Runners-Up - Chepstow

Newport won the toss and put Chepstow into bat, a decision that was soon justified as Newport opening bowler Muaaz Shahid, struck a hammer blow by clean bowling the Chepstow opener with just 6 runs on the board. Spin bowler Amy Harris was proving difficult to get away at the other end and the Chepstow frustrations grew further as she claimed two quick wickets as Chepstow fell to 12-3 off 6 overs.  Josh Truckle tried to hold the Chepstow innings together and, with Harry Sillence, put on 27 for the fourth wicket. With Luke Lezar claimed the wicket of Truckle for 14, well caught by Sam Protheroe, and Hope-Bell collecting two wickets in the next over, 39 for 3 soon became 39 for 6 off 14 overs,  A run out from a direct hit by Shahid and a wicket for Ross Mohring meant that Chepstow finished on 60 for 8.

Newport openers Ben Hope-Bell and Harry Hughes began cautiously and after ten overs, with the score on 27 for 0, it seemed a tight finish was in prospect. However, Hope-Bell had other ideas for in just four overs, he completely took the game out of Chepstow’s reach, hitting seven fours in an unbeaten 43 from 48 balls. Hughes (13no) at the other end played a fine supporting role, but could only watch in admiration as Hope-Bell hit the winning runs to see Newport home by 10 wickets with seven overs to spare.  Ben Kellaway, whose four overs cost just eight runs, was the only Chepstow bowler to keep the runs in check. 

Ben Hope-Bell the Newport captain, was named the Macey Sports Player of the Match and received the award from Glamorgan CCC’s Huw Waters.

U13 Final - Chepstow CC v Newport CC


                                          Winners - Newport                                                                                             Runners-Up - Chepstow

Chepstow won the toss and put Newport into bat, but openers Will Smale and Tom Evans soon settled in and scored runs freely, scoring 35 off 7 overs. However, with the score on 60 off 12 overs, Newport lost their first wicket of Evans, for a good 28 and the run rate slowed. Krishnan Hariharan joined Smale and a late flurry of runs saw the Newport innings close on 108-1. Smale completed a fine 50no and Hariharan finished unbeaten on 18no.  The pick of the Chepstow bowlers was Dylan Sillence who took the solitary wicket and conceded just twelve runs in his four overs.  

Chepstow, after a cautious early start, got on top with openers Sillence and Matteo Goddard posting 23 off just 4 overs. The game changed however, when Sillence was bowled by spinner Tom Lynbeck for 19. Newport seized their opportunity and the introduction of Hussain Shahid and leg-spinner Jess Thornton first slowed the run rate and then took wickets. Hussain claimed the vital wicket of the dangerous George Bazley, well caught by Thornton, quickly followed by Thornton claiming 3 vital wickets in the middle order, including Goddard for 11, all clean bowled.  Chepstow had slipped to 61-5 off 16 over and it was going to be a tough ask from then on. Toby Haines battled defiantly to score an unbeaten 18, but further wickets by Jack and Oscar Waters resulted in the Chepstow innings closing on 82-8, leaving Newport worthy winners by 26 runs.  All the Newport bowlers bowled well, with five of them claiming wickets, but it was Jess Thornton with figures of 3-9 off 4 overs who was the pick.

Newport Captain Will Smale was named the Macey Sports Man of the Match, for his match-winning innings, and received his award from Glamorgan CCC’s Huw Waters. This was the third consecutive season that Newport U13’s have won the Under 13 Shield Final.

U15 Final - Chepstow CC v Newport CC


                                         Winners - Newport                                                                                             Runners-Up - Chepstow

In the Under 15 Final, having been put into bat on a damp pitch, Chepstow made a good start reaching 30 for the loss of 1 wicket in just 7 overs. However, the loss of opening batsman Ben Tindall for 21 sparked a collapse, with Chepstow slipping to 49-5 off 15 overs. Ben Rose, with 3 wickets for 14 runs plus two catches, and Nicole Reid’s 2 wickets for 14 runs, scuppered any chance Chepstow had of making a big score.  B. Evans, with a useful 12 not out at the end of the innings, enabled Chepstow to reach 68-6 from their allotted 20 overs.

In reply, Newport lost an early wicket in the first over but a good partnership between Ryan Ward and Callum Stewart put Newport in the driving seat at 39-1 off 10 overs. However, runs were becoming difficult to come by and 4 wickets fell for just 8 runs, with off-spinner Lewys Jones taking 3 wickets for 9 runs, giving Chepstow a glimmer of hope and putting Newport under pressure. With wickets falling around him, including a run out which ensued in the confusion after a dropped catch, Ryan Ward played a captain’s innings to score an excellent 43 not out to guide Newport to a 4-wicket victory at 71-6. 

Newport retained the trophy for the fourth consecutive year and Ryan Ward received the Macey Sports Player of the Match Award from Glamorgan’s Huw Waters.

  To be played by          To be played by          To be played by    Chepstow CC  
  19th May 9th June  7th July   31st August - 4pm  
     EBBW VALE                 76-6      
  EBBW VALE    EBBW VALE              87-7    
  ROGERSTONE             120-0        
     ROGERSTONE              74-3      
  MACHEN                     78-6        
  PONTHIR      CHEPSTOW         60-8    
   w/o  CHEPSTOW      
  USK    CHEPSTOW            103-5    
   w/o  USK      
  MONKSWOOD       (Winners)
   w/o  NEWPORT      
  NEWPORT   NEWPORT               136-2    
  MONMOUTH                90-3        
  NEWBRIDGE                 95-2        
  SUDBROOK      NEWPORT           61-0  
   w/o  SUDBROOK                112-4      
  N'PT FUGITIVES        
  ABERGAVENNY             54-4    LANARTH                77-3    
     LANARTH                   114-5      
  LLANARTH                   89-2        
  First named - Home     First named - Away Toss of Coin    
To be played by To be played by To be played by To be played by  Chepstow CC
5th May     19th May         9th June 7th July     31st August - 1.15pm
  PONTHIR                       65-8      
    PONTHIR                     40-9    
  LLANARTH                     59-3   CHEPSTOW              83-0  
  CHEPSTOW                    87-0      
    CHEPSTOW                   44-0    
  SUDBROOK                    85-9      
  EBBW VALE      CHEPSTOW            82-8
    NEWBRIDGE                 166-1    
  MACHEN                      116-4   NEWBRIDGE              81-3  
    MACHEN                      97-9    
  NEWPORT FUGITIVES       50-0      
  ROGERSTONE                49-4     (Winners)
    ROGERSTONE              93-10    
  MONMOUTH                 48-7   MALPAS                  41-10  
  MALPAS                     108-10      
    MALPAS                       94-1    
  ABERGAVENNY              60-10      
  NEWPORT                      48-1      NEWPORT            108-1
    NEWPORT                    45-0    
  CEFN FFOREST              44-10      
  USK                              54-2   NEWPORT                43-1  
BRYNMAWR   USK                           44-10    
  BRYNMAWR                   53-5      
First named -Away   First named - Home     First named - Away Toss of Coin  
To be played by   To be played by To be played by To be played by  Chepstow CC
5th May       19th May         9th June 7th July     31st August - 10.15am
ROGERSTONE            78-2    w/o ROGERSTONE              66-5    
    ROGERSTONE   NEWPORT                70-1  
BLACKWOOD             76-6   NEWPORT      
      NEWPORT                  169-3    
    EBBW VALE      
    USK                        91-5     NEWPORT                     71-6  
      PONTHIR                   139-2    
    PONTHIR               116-3      
    MALPAS                 115-3   PONTHIR                 69-8  
      MALPAS                     123-7    
    ABERGAVENNY        15-10      
    CROESYCEILIOG     (Winners)
      BRYNMAWR                66-10    
    BRYNMAWR   SUDBROOK               85-9  
    MONMOUTH            96-9      
      SUDBROOK                 163-3    
    SUDBROOK              97-2      
    N'PT FUGITIVES     CHEPSTOW                   68-6
     w/o NEWBRIDGE                55-10    
    CHEPSTOW              72-5   CHEPSTOW             130-7  
ABERCARN     CHEPSTOW                 56-5    
    MACHEN                 69-8      
 First named - Away   First named - Home     First named - Away Toss of Coin  

Report of Semi Final Matches

In the first Under 11 semi-final, Chepstow scored 103 for 5 in their twenty overs with Louis Fawsitt scoring 30 not out. Despite E Jones’s 33, Ebbw Vale came up just short on 87-7.  In the other match, Newport posted an impressive 136 for 2 with Ben Hope-Bell retiring on 51 and Muaaz Shahid making 41.  In reply, a young Llanarth team made a creditable 72 for 3 with ten year-olds Will Heath and Hugo Caldicott scoring 26 apiece.  This sets up a repeat of last year’s final between Newport and Chepstow. 

At Under 13, Alex Horton and J Tudor-Webley both scored 38 in Newbridge’s 81-3.  However, Chepstow had a comfortable ten-wicket victory with Dylan Sillence scoring an unbeaten fifty. Meanwhile, Jess Thornton was instrumental in helping Newport to bowl Malpas out for 41, taking an impressive 5 wickets for 7 runs. In reply, Newport cruised to victory for the loss of one wicket and another Chepstow-Newport final. 

In the Under 15 local derby at Sudbrook, Ben Supple’s terrific spell of 5 wickets for 18 runs was not enough to prevent Chepstow scoring 130 for 7 with Lewys Jones scoring 50 not out.  In reply, nobody could build the required innings and Sudbrook finished on 85 for 9 with Jones capping a fine individual performance with 3 wickets for 5 runs.  Despite an unbeaten 50 from Sam Harrison, Ponthir were restricted to 69 for 8 against Newport, for whom Ryan Ward, Ben Rose and Tom Lynbeck each took 2 wickets.  Ward then led Newport to a nine-wicket victory.  This set up the third Chepstow-Newport clash on Finals Day.

Report of Quarter Final Matches

At Under 11, Rogerstone made 74-3 but Ebbw Vale passed this total with six wickets down to set up a tie with Chepstow in the next round. Llanarth, meanwhile, chased down Sudbrook's total of 112-4 to win by 5 wickets.  They meet the winner of the Newbridge v  Newport match which has suffered from the weather.

At Under 13, Chepstow had a comprehensive ten-wicket victory over Ponthir who they bowled out for 44.  In the Semi Final, they now play Newbridge  who posted an impressive 166 for 1 with Travis Morgan scoring 69no and Alex Horton making 50. Machen gave a good account of themselves but finished on 97-9 with Tim Hatton making 25.  Tom Wright made an unbeaten 20 for Rogerstone in their total of 93 but James Archer (36) led Malpas to a nine-wicket victory.  Their Semi Final opponents, Newport, had a ten-wicket victory over Usk, who they bowled out for 44.

At Under 15, Ponthir posted a challenging 139-2 thanks to Sam Harrison, with an undefeated 50 and Charlie Smith with 31no.  They now play the winners of the Newport v Rogerstone match which has been another victim of the weather.  Sudbrook hit an even more impressive 163-3, with Scott O'Leary scoring an unbeaten 50, and Rhys Sperring taking 4-11 as Brynmawr were bowled out for 66.  It was the bowlers who held sway in the final match with Lewys Jones taking 3-5 for Chepstow as they bowled out Newbridge for 55. However, Chepstow were made to work and lost 5 wickets in reaching their target. This sets up an intriguing local derby Semi Final with Sudbrook.

Report of Preliminary and First Round Matches

Despite the poor early season weather, the First Round of the Under 13 Division has been fully completed.  In an exciting encounter, Ponthir posted 65-8 with Lewis Ford making 25no; Will Heath took 3-3 for opponents Llanarth.  In the run-chase that followed B Baker made 20no but the Ponthir fielders made three run-outs to restrict Llanarth to 59-3.  They next meet Chepstow who had a comprehensive victory over Sudbrook who totalled 85-9 thanks primarily to Scott O’Leary’s 62.  Will Coggins took 3 for 2 for Chepstow for whom George Bazley scored an unbeaten 59 to lead his team to a ten-wicket victory.  Machen scored 116-4 thanks to Dan Leonard (21) and Euan Littlewood (26) and then bowled Newport Fugitives out for 50 to set up a tie with Newbridge in the next round.

In the second half of the draw, Rogerstone lost four wickets in overcoming Monmouth’s modest 48-7 and next face Malpas.  James Archer (25) and Ellis James (26) led Malpas to108 who then bowled Abergavenny out for 60.  Archer took three wickets and three catches to complete a fine individual performance.  Jess Thornton and Jack Waters also took three wickets apiece for Newport as they bowled out Cefn Fforest for 44 to set up a nine-wicket victory.  Their next opponents, Usk, scored 54-2 to overtake Brynmawr’s 53-5.

At Under 11, Ollie Robson's unbeaten 51 helped Rogerstone to 120-0 who then restricted Machen to 78-6. Meanwhile, Llanarth’s 89-2 was too much for Abergavenny who finished on 54-4.  Sam Swingwood, with 34no, helped Monmouth post 90-3 but Newbridge passed this total for the loss of two wickets. Regrettably, the five other games resulted in walk-overs due to the failure to raise teams.

At Under 15, Martin Evans contributed 43 to Blackwood’s 76-6 but Conor Masterman led Rogerstone to an eight-wicket victory with an unbeaten 31.  They now meet Newport in the Quarter Final.  Ponthir posted 116-3, with Sam Harrison making 45no, and then restricted Usk to 91-5.  Their next opponents, Malpas, scored 115-3 and then bowled Abergavenny out for 15 with Aadam Hassan taking an impressive four wickets for no runs in just two overs.  Scott O’Leary, with 3-4, helped Sudbrook restrict Monmouth, for whom Harry Badcock-Scruton made 35no, to 96-9.  A Ben Supple fifty then ensured an eight-wicket victory for Sudbrook who go on to play Brynmawr.  Chepstow were struggling at 29-5 chasing Machen's 69-8 but a 40-run partnership between Luca Goddard and A Chimes took them to victory and a match against Newbridge in the next Round.