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Youth Cricket Shield & Plate2018

This year saw the biggest re-organisation in the history of youth cricket in Gwent.  It was brought about by the steady decline of youth matches being played in the area in recent years (see League 2018 page)The Shield twenty-over knockout competition continued as normal, at each of the three age groups, with its end-of-season Finals Day held at Abergavenny on 26th AugustUnfortunately, this had to be postponed due to the inclement weather.  Fortunately, the next Sunday was a beautiful day, the Abergavenny ground looked a picture and the Club and its members contributed to a fantastic day's cricket. 

For the first time, there was also a Plate competition for First Round losers, which gave each team the opportunity of at least two fixtures and double a team’s chance of reaching a Final.  The three Finals were played at the ground of one of the competing clubs.

These changes resulted in some 150 young cricketers, girls and boys, from ten Clubs having the opportunity to play in a Final before a sizeable crowd and taking home a medal.

Youth Cricket Shield (see below for Plate results)

      Under 11 Final - Newport Fugitives CC V Sudbrook CC

                                    

Winners - Sudbrook CC                                                                                    Runners-Up - Newport Fugitives CC

This year's Monmouthshire Building Youth Cricket Shield Finals day was held at Abergavenny CC and started off with the Under 11 Final between Newport Fugitives CC and Sudbrook CC.  On a bright sunny Sunday morning Sudbrook batted first and got off to a good start with Harvey Heaven and George Lloyd putting on 34 for the first wicket.  Heaven was then well caught by Fugitives wicketkeeper Iwan Jones. This brought Toby Palmer to the crease and he added 40 runs with Lloyd for the second wicket. This partnership was broken by a well-judged one-handed catch by Jack Williams to dismiss Lloyd having scored 29. Palmer went on to reach a fine half century before he retired in accordance with the Rules. Cai Couchman (16) and Jac Couchman (14no) then enabled Sudbrook to reach a final total of 162 for 3. Ollie Young, Alex Berry and George Eedy each took a wicket for Fugitives.

 

Fugitives hope of a good start ended in the second over when Heaven neatly stumped Harper Leigh for 4 off Cai Couchman. Joshua Mason (20) and Iwan Jones (26) then put on over 60 for the second wicket before Jac Couchman bowled Mason. George Lloyd then took two quick wickets before Caleb Lund took a brace of wickets in the games final over to end up with figures of 1 over 2 wickets for 1 run. This left Sudbrook as fairly comfortably winners of the Shield.

 

The Macey Sports Player of the Match award went to Sudbrook’s Toby Palmer for his undefeated match-winning innings.

Under 13 Final - Ebbw Vale CC V Newport CC

                           

Winners - Newport CC                                                                                    Runners-Up - Ebbw Vale CC

The next match was the Under 13 between Ebbw Vale CC and Newport CC.  Ebbw Vale captain Matt Hall won the toss and elected to field. He was soon in the game as he caught his opposite number Sophia Smale in the first over for duck off Ethan Jones. Newport soon lost a second wicket before Ethan Oliver and Rohan Donga put on a century partnership when Oliver retired for 52 in accordance with the competition rules. Donga then had a partnership with Abhijeet Ashokkumar (21no) before falling six runs short of a well-deserved half century. Newport finished their 20 overs on a competitive140 for 3.

Ebbw Vale’s innings had a similar start to that of Newport. This time Smale got her own back on fellow captain Hall by getting him lbw for a duck. Oliver then showed his skill with the ball and took four quick wickets with Jack Hope-Bell chipping in with two more. Ebbw Vale got some runs later in the innings thanks to Harrison Parsons (12) and Gethin Weaver (19), but unfortunately these were not enough and Newport were the worthy champions.

Ethan Oliver was announced as the Macey Sports Player of the Match for his fine all-round performance with bat and ball.

Under 15 Final - Monmouth CC v Ponthir CC

                             

Winners - Monmouth CC                                                                                         Runners-Up - Ponthir CC

This year’s Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Under 15 Shield Final took place at Abergavenny CC between Ponthir CC and Monmouth CC.  Ponthir captain Jack Ryan won the toss and elected to field. However, his bowlers were soon put to the sword by Monmouth openers Joe Harris and Ben Pilot. The pair put on 95 before Pilot was run out by Ryan for 45. A few balls later Harris, in accordance with the Rules, retired with an unbeaten half century. Frankie Souto then joined his captain Sam Swingwood at the wicket. They both remained undefeated on 31 and 46 respectively as Monmouth amassed 176 in their twenty overs.

Dan Rostron, with Ryan (17), started well for Ponthir before Monmouth opening bowler Alfie Robinson took three quick wickets to leave the batting side on 37 for 3.  Ponthir then lost wickets at regular intervals and it was left to Tom Barry, who scored an undefeated 22 in 43 balls, to try and hold the innings together.  However, Owen Harris struck with 3 wickets for just 7 runs to ensure the defending champions retained the trophy.

There were some good batting performances in the game, but it was Monmouth’s Alfie Robinson who claimed the Macey Sports Player of the Match award with his opening three-wicket burst.

Semi-Final Results

Under 11

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Abergavenny 130-3

Sudbrook 144-3

Sudbrook won 14 runs

Newport Fugitives 75-0

Blackwood  74

Fugitives won by 10 wickets

Newport Fugitives became the first team to reach Finals Day when they defeated Blackwood in their U11 Semi Final. Blackwood were bowled out for 74 and Harper Leigh retired with a half century as the home side passed their visitors totally without losing a wicket.  In a very high-scoring game, Sudbrook posted an impressive 144 for 3 with George Lloyd retiring on 50. In reply, Tom Norton also scored an unbeaten 50 for Abergavenny who finished agonisingly 4 runs short.

Under Under 13

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Ponthir 48-6

Newport 98-3

Newport won by 50 runs

Chepstow 110-2

Ebbw Vale 114-3

Ebbw Vale won by 4 runs

At Ponthir, Newport set the home side a target of 99 after Sophia Smale fell just 3 runs short of her second half century of the tournament. However, the target proved too big for the home side and Newport progressed to Finals Day.  In the other match, Ebbw Vale batted first and reached 114 for the loss of three wickets mainly thanks to Matt Hall’s retired half century. The game was won however with a very tight opening eight overs in which Chepstow did not lose a wicket but only scored 20 runs. Ethan Jones conceded only 4 runs and James Brewer 15. James Kellaway 37no and Ollie Rayner 32 took the home side closer to their target but eventually Chepstow fell five runs short.

Under 15

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Rogerstone/Fugitives  108 all out

Monmouth 109-1

Monmouth won by 9 wickets

Ponthir

Newport

Ponthir won by 9 wickets

 

Quarter Final Results

Under 11

There was a great city derby with Newport Fugitives beating Newport by just 1 run.  Fugitives go on to meet Blackwood in the first Semi-Final after the latter defeated Ebbw Vale in another close contest by 6 runs.  Abergavenny, meanwhile, defeated Rogerstone by 22 runs with James Morris, Abdullah Majeed and Ellis Richards making major contributions with the bat.  Their Semi-Final opponents will be Sudbrook who got the better of neighbours Chepstow with a victory by 17 runs. Harvey Heaven topped scored for Sudbrook whilst Max Warby was Chepstow’s top scorer in the run chase.  On the bowling front Ollie Taylor, Max Warby and Jac Couchman all took a brace of wickets.

 

Under 13

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Chepstow

Croesyceiliog

Chepstow won by 10 wickets

Llanarth

Ponthir

Ponthir won by 31 runs

Ebbw Vale

Newport Fugitives

Ebbw Vale won by 11 runs

Usk

Newport

Newport won by 8 wickets

Ponthir set Llanarth 121 to win with Ayaan Syed, Tom Barry and captain Rhys Smith contributing runs.  After a valiant effort, the visitors fell 19 runs short thanks mainly to the bowling of Tom Barry who took 4 for 10 in his four overs.  A high scoring game between Newport Fugitives and Ebbw Vale saw a combined 277 runs scored in 40 overs for the loss of only 9 wickets with Ebbw Vale coming out on top by just 11 runs. In the other two ties Newport and Chepstow proved to be too strong for their opponents.  The draw for the Semi-Finals has paired Ponthir with Newport and Chepstow with Ebbw Vale.

Under 15

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Chepstow

Rogie/Fugitives

Rogie/Fugitives won 4 wickets

Abergavenny

Monmouth

 Monmouth won

Ponthir

Sudbrook

Ponthir won by 7 wickets

Newport

Usk

Newport won

There was an exciting game in which the Rogerstone/Fugitives team managed a one-run victory over Chepstow.  Meirion Thomas (50 retired) and Oliver Robson (46) helped the home side set a total of 128 for 6.  Chasing this total, Ben Kellaway (52 retired) and Lewis Fawsitt (33) ended on 127 for 6.  Sudbrook batted first at Ponthir but good bowling from Jack Barry and Ayaan Sayed, who both took two wickets, kept the visitors to 87. Captain Jack Ryan led the run chase with 34 to secure a seven-wicket win with several overs to spare.  Iestyn Hooper Nelson took 2 wickets for 11 runs in his three overs.  In the other matches, Newport overcame Usk and Abergavenny and Monmouth have yet to play. The draw for the Semi-Finals is: Rogerstone/Fugitives v Abergavenny or Monmouth, and Ponthir v Newport.

First Round Shield Results

Under 11

Chepstow posted 117 for the loss of just two wickets with Charlie Beddis and Ollie Taylor finishing unbeaten on 25 and 24.  In reply, Brecon made 59 for 7 with Jack Ryan scoring an unbeaten 24 while Bruno Chitnis took three wickets for no runs in just two overs.  Rogerstone, meanwhile, overcame Croesyceiliog’s 62 for 7 for the loss of four wickets with Fahrad Amser scoring half of their runs finishing with 33 not out. Abergavenny had a comprehensive victory over Abertillery amassing 158 for 0 with Tom Norton on 50 and James Morris on 35, both not out. Their opponents finished on 32 for 5.  Sudbrook also had a comfortable victory over Newbridge.  Having restricted their opponents to a total of 53 for 7, Sudbrook reached their total with the loss of one wicket.  Blackwood posted 91 for 3, with Teddy Smith-Milne making 30, while Usk fell thirteen runs short on 78 for 6.  In the other three games, Ebbw Vale defeated Monmouth while Newport Fugitives and Newport received walkovers into the next Round.

Home Team

Away Team

Result

      Brecon

Chepstow

Chepstow won by 58 runs   

C    Croesyceiliog

Rogerstone

Rogerstone won by 6 wkts

      Abergavenny

Abertillery

Abergavenny won by 126 runs

      Sudbrook

Newbridge

Sudbrook won by 9 wkts

      Newport

Llanarth

Newport won by a walkover

      Blackwood

Usk

Blackwood won by 13 runs

      Ebbw Vale

Monmouth

Ebbw Vale won

      Ponthir

Newport Fugitives

Newport Fugitives won by a walkover

 

Under 13

Owen Harris scored 46 in the Monmouth total of 83 all out while Llanarth’s Joe Hynes took a remarkable 5 wickets for 3 runs in 21 balls.  Henry Evans scored an unbeaten 30 for Llanarth as they eased to victory by eight wickets.  Newport, meanwhile, had an emphatic win over Rogerstone led by Sophia Smale who scored an unbeaten 50, ably supported by Rohan Donga (39no) and Abhijeet Ashokkumar (22no), in the team total of 147 for 0.  Leo Bailan then took 3 wickets for 4 runs as Rogerstone finished on 51 for 7.  There were similarly comprehensive victories for Chepstow, by ten wickets over Newbridge, and Ponthir, by 100 runs over Abertillery thanks to an unbeaten 30 from Ayaan Syed.  Croesyceiliog had a 57-run win over Brecon and Malpas, despite Charlie Young’s three wickets, were unable to overcome Newport Fugitives’ 103 for 8 with David Hawkins on 26.  There were two contenders for ‘match of the round’. The first was the one between Ebbw Vale and Sudbrook.  Ebbw Vale posted 133 for 3 led by Matthew Hall with an unbeaten 51 ably supported by Ethan Jones with 29.  The Sudbrook reply was led by Ben Day, another half-centurion, with Toby Palmer and George Lloyd both making twenties but they fell just 11 runs short.  In the other match Tom Coates, with a fifty led Usk to 129 for 6, while Logan Williams did the same for Abergavenny.  However, they couldn’t quite make it, losing by just eight runs.

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Monmouth

Llanarth

Llanarth won by 8 wkts

Rogerstone

Newport

Newport won by 96 runs

Chepstow

Newbridge

Chepstow won by 10 wkts

Brecon

Croesyceiliog

Croesyceiliog won by 57 runs

Sudbrook

Ebbw Vale

Ebbw Vale won by 11 runs

Abertillery

Ponthir

Ponthir won by 100 runs

Newport Fugitives

Malpas

Newport Fugitives won by 27 runs

Usk

Abergavenny

Usk won by 8 runs

 

Under 15

 

Chepstow defeated Blackwood by ten wickets in a low-scoring game and Monmouth did the same to Llanarth.  In the latter, for Monmouth, the opening partnership of Sam Swingwood (46no) and Joe Harris (28no) followed up the three wickets taken by Charlie Weldon.  Twelve year-old Joe White scored over half of Newbridge’s runs with an unbeaten 40 but Rogerstone & Fugitives eased to victory by nine wickets thanks to twenties from Meirion Thomas and Ben Williams. In their game against Malpas, Sudbrook posted 111 for 2 and then restricted their opponents to 60 for 6.  There was a fairly close match at Ponthir where Alfie Morgan, of Ebbw Vale, scored a half century, in a total of 103-5.  However, a solid batting performance by the home team, led by Jack Ryan (23) saw them home by four wickets with two overs to spare.  In the remaining fixtures, Newport and Usk received walkovers, and Abergavenny a bye, into the next Round.

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Usk

Brecon

Usk won by a walkover

Chepstow

Blackwood

Chepstow won by 10 wkts

Newport

Abertillery

Newport won by a walkover

Newbridge

Rogerstone & Fugiitives

Rogerstone & Fugiitives won by 9 wkts

Ponthir

Ebbw Vale

Ponthir won by 8 wkts

Malpas

Sudbrook

Sudbrook won by 51 runs

Llanarth

Monmouth

Monmouth won by 10 wkts

Abergavenny

 

Bye into next round

 

 

Youth Cricket Plate

 

U11 Final -  Croesyceiliog CC v Llanarth CC

 

                                                   

 

Winners - Llanarth CC                                                                                         Runners-Up - Croesyceiliog CC

This year’s inaugural Final for teams which were first-round losers in the Society’s Shield competition, was between Croesyceiliog CC and Llanarth CC.  It was played at Croesyceiliog on a bright Sunday morning with the home team batting first. However, they found the Llanarth bowling proved to be difficult to get away with Humphrey Myrddin-Evans taking three quick wickets, all bowled, to end with figures of 3 wickets for 3 runs. Not to be outdone, his opening partner Freddie Wharton also clean bowled two batters to end his four overs with 2 for 7.  The home side however, did not lose any further wickets but found runs hard to come by and ended their allocated twenty overs on 66 for 5.

When Lanarth batted, the Croesyceiliog opening bowler Ieuan Evans looked to match the success of the visitors by taking two early wickets leaving Llanarth on 13 for 2. However, Freddie Wharton came in and steadied the ship hitting four boundaries to end up on 18 not out and saw his team to a comfortable victory.

U13 Final - Sudbrook v Abergavenny

 

                                        

 

Winners - Abergavenny CC                                                                                         Runners-Up - Sudbrook CC

The Final of the  Under 13 Plate competition took place at the Sudbrook CC ground on Monday between the home side and Abergavenny CC.  Sudbrook won the toss and elected to field and skipper Ben Day’s decision was soon justified as he took three quick wickets to reduce the visitors to 9 for 3.  However, visiting captain Tom Norton held his side together having to retire for 50 in the sixteenth over.  He had hit six 4s and was the only player to get into double double figures for his side. At the end of their 20 overs Abergavenny had totalled 78 for 7. Cai Couchman chipped in with two late wickets for Sudbrook who also saw a great runout by Harvey Heaven.

Sudbrook started steadily reaching 22 before they lost their first wicket when George Lloyd was bowled for 10 by Williams. In the next over Tom Norton caught his opposing skipper with an excellent diving catch on the boundary.  Day was out for 11 and the home side was reduced to 24 for 2.  Toby Palmer and Harvey Heaven then both reached double figures and took the score to fifty before both fell in consecutive overs.  Charlie Gedge gained his second wicket before excellent run out by De Plessis.   Norton then took two wickets in two overs to help reduce the home side to 55-6. Two further wickets fell at 61 leaving eighteen required from the last two overs. Charlie Heaven and Louie Elkington took it to the last ball where they needed 5 to win. They managed only one and Abergavenny became the first Under 3 Plate winners by just four runs.

U15 Final - Ebbw Vale CC v Blackwood

 

                                     

 

Winners - Ebbw Vale CC                                                                                         Runners-Up - Blackwood CC

The Under15 Plate, for sides knocked out in the first round of the Shield competition, took place at Ebbw Vale CC where the home team played Blackwood CC.  The competition consists of twenty overs per side with the bowler restricted to four overs each and batters retiring on reaching fifty.

Ebbw Vale won the toss and skipper Alfie Morgan chose to bat and opened the innings with Ethan Jones.  Morgan scored a rapid half century before retiring.  He did this in seven overs having hit eight 4s and one 6.  Jones was then joined by Yousaf Yasir and the pair continued to build the Ebbw Vale score.  Jones was finally out for 36 and, after Yasir had gone for 19, Jaiden Caswell hit a quick-fire 17 including three fours.  The Ebbw Vale innings closed on 160 for 4 with L. Sheppard the pick of the Blackwood bowling, taking two of the four wickets to fall.

Blackwood started badly losing two early wickets before James Chalk was joined at the wicket by Owen Isaac. The two batters took the visitors’ total passed 100 before Chalk was out for a well-earned 33.  Isaac remained undefeated at the end of the innings one short of a well-deserved half century as Blackwood fell 34 runs short. Ebbw Vale were worthy winners and Blackwood were fine contributors to a high-scoring and enjoyable match

Semi Final Results

 

Under 11

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Usk Croesyceiliog Croesyceiliog won
Abertillery Llanarth Llanarth won

 

Under 13

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Rogerstone Sudbrook Sudbrook won
Abergavenny Brecon Abergavenny won by 9 wkts

 

Under 15

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Ebbw Vale Llanarth Ebbw Vale won
Brecon Blackwood Blackwood won

 

Quarter Final Results

 

Under 11

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Abertillery Newbridge Abertillery won
Usk Ponthir Usk won
Croesyceiliog Monmouth Croesyceiliog won
Brecon Llanarth Llanarth won

 

Under 13

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Malpas Brecon Brecon won
Abertillery Rogerstone Rogerstone won
Abergavenny Monmouth Abergavenny won
Newbridge Sudbrook Sudbrook won

 

Under 15

 

Home Team

Away Team

Result

Newbridge Llanarth Llanarth won
Abertillery Brecon Brecon won
Blackwood Malpas Blackwood won
Ebbw Vale   Ebbw Vale bye to next Round

 

 

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