Shield & Plate 2019
The Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket
Shield competition is entering its twenty-first year.
Following the introduction of a Plate competition, for first-round losers last
year, the number of teams entering the competition
tis year has risen from 37 to 52, an
increase of 40 per cent, over the last two years. Last year saw some 150 young
people from ten clubs play in one of six finals. The end-of-season Shield
Finals Day is always a popular and well-attended event while the individual
Plate finals were also well attended. This competition is a straight knockout
played in a twenty over format based on the adult game.
Shield Finals Day
Under 11 Final - Newport CC V Chepstow CC
Runners-Up - Chepstow CC
year's Monmouthshire Building Youth Cricket Shield Finals day
was held at Newport CC and
started off with the Under 11 Final between Newport
Chepstow. They won
the toss and asked their opponents to bat first.
Newport were soon reeling at 14 for 3 thanks to an inspired piece of bowling by
Mariam Sahabdeen who took all
three wickets in just ten balls. She clean bowled two and one was a catch by
Edward Hillman. Jacob Protheroe then joined Jak Cosker and they set about
repairing the damage and were so successful that they put together a partnership
of 86 runs before Protheroe was caught by Bruno Chitnis off the bowling of Toby
Smith for40 runs. Tegwyn Mahoney then contributed 11 runs to an unbeaten
partnership of 31 and Cosker finished unbeaten on 49 with 20 runs coming in the
last two overs. At the end of their 20 overs Newport had scored 131 for 4.
In reply, Chepstow struggled to come to terms with the threats posed by the
Newport attack and lost wickets at regular intervals. The wickets were shared
around the bowlers with Harry Wallace taking two, Mahoney, Harrison Allin and
Stephen Skarsten one apiece. However, the stand-out performance was by Cosker
who took 4 for 17 as well as taking a catch and a run out. Chepstow were all
out for 63 making Newport worthy champions.
In light of his outstanding performance with bat and ball the Macey
Sports Player of the Match award went to Jak Cosker.
Under 13 Final - Llanarth CC v Newport CC
Runners-Up - Llanarth CC
The next match was the Under 13 Final between
Llanarth CC and Newport CC and,
after winning the toss, Llanarth elected to bat. They came up against a
determined Newport attack and were 4 wickets down for 8 runs in the fifth over.
Jack Hope-Bell took 3 wickets for 3 runs in his 4-over spell and Rahil Idris 1
for 8 and they were assisted by catches taken by
Abhijeet Ashokkumar and George Thomas. Tommy Chubb put up some resistance
in a partnership with Lawrence Johnson which doubled the score. Chubb was out
for 10 runs, the first of four victims of Tegwyn Mahoney, who then took the next
three wickets and Llanarth were reduced to 29 for 8. The remaining wickets were
taken by Noah Rice, assisted by a fine Hope-Bell catch, and Jac Cosker who got
his with his first, and last, ball of the match as the Llanarth innings had
closed on a total of 35. For Llanarth, Johnson carried his bat for 8 as he
watched six of his colleagues depart the crease.
There were no such problems for Newport as they cruised
to victory in the fifth over thanks to openers Rice (23no) and Idris (11no).
In recognition of his match –winning spell of bowling,
the Macey Sports Player of the
Match award went to Tegwyn Mahoney.
Under 15 Final - Newport CC v Sudbrook CC
Winners - Newport CC
Runners-Up - Sudbrook CC
In the third and final match of the day,
Newport CC faced Sudbrook CC in the Under 15
Final. Newport won the toss and put their opponents in to bat. The Sudbrook
openers, Evan Cadwallader and Ben Day, got off to a steady start and the team
had reached 42 without losing a wicket in the ninth over. However, the
introduction of Sophia Smale into the attack brought immediate results with her
taking the wicket of Day for 13. She followed this up three overs later with the
wicket of Cadwallader for 25.
Sudbrook were now 64 for 2 and, with six overs left, were
looking to raise their scoring rate but, in doing so, wickets began to fall.
There was a run out by Noah Rice followed by a double-wicket maiden by Smale and
Sudbrook were reeling on 71 for 5. However, an enterprising partnership between
Toby Palmer (14no) and George Lloyd (19) saw 31 come off the last six overs.
Lloyd was run out off the last ball by Abhijeet
Ashokkumar leaving Sudbrook with a final total of 102 for 6. Smale
finished with figures of 4 wickets for 14 runs in her 4 overs.
In reply, the Newport openers, Sam Protheroe and Hugo
Caldicott, got off to a run-a-ball start before Caldicott was out, to a fine
Cadwallader catch on the boundary off the bowling of Day, for 19. Protheroe was
then bowled, in the following over, by Oliver Russ leaving Newport on 34 for 2
after five overs and Sudbrook still in the game. This brought Oscar Rice to
join Sophia Smale at the crease and they set about scoring a match-winning
partnership. They put on 47 runs together before Rice was bowled by Harvey
Heaven for 25. Ethan Oliver (12no) then joined Smale and they put on the
required 22 runs to claim the Shield for Newport in the fifteenth over. Smale
finished unbeaten on 26.
In recognition of her match –winning performance with
bat and ball, the Macey Sports
Player of the Match award went to Sophia Smale.