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Talented Players

In 2015 we have no less than 24 boys, who have played for Gwent Young Cricketers, selected to play in the Welsh Squads from Under 11 to Under 17; this amounts to around one-quarter of the total. We also had 15 representatives (again one quarter of the total) in the girls and ladies squads from Under 11 to Under 17. 

The following have been selected for Welsh representative honours in 2015.

Boys/Men

Under 11 -  Will Heath (Llanarth), Alex Horton (Newbridge), Ben Kellaway (Chepstow), Ross Mohring (Newport), Sam Protheroe (Newport)

Under 12 -  Ben Hope-Bell (Newport), Alex Horton (Newbridge), Ben Kellaway (Chepstow), Oliver Robson (Rogerstone), Will Supple (Sudbrook), Joe Westwood, (Newbridge)

Under 13 -  James Archer (Malpas), Nathan Berry (Newport), Morgan Bevans (Abergavenny), Ben Davies (Monmouth), Ryan Scrivens (Chepstow)

Under 14 -  Tomos Evans (Newport), Travis Morgan (Newbridge), Scott O'Leary (Sudbrook), William Smale (Newport)

Under 15 -  Sam Hope-Bell (Newport)

Under 17 -  William Davey (Croesyceiliog), Luc Kear (Croesyceiliog), Ben Supple (Sudbrook), Joe Voke (Sudbrook), Ryan Ward (Malpas),  

Four of the seventeen England-qualified players who played for Glamorgan CCC in 2014 learnt their cricket in Gwent.  They were:  Mark Wallace (Abergavenny),  Huw Waters (Newport/Usk), Will Bragg (Malpas) and John Glover (Panteg).   Unfortunately, both Huw and John retired at the end of season due to injury.  Cameron Herring (Tredegar) is a member of the Gloucestershire CCC squad and Marc Lezar (Rogerstone/Newport) is a member of their Academy.  Six Gwent Young Cricketers were selected for the Glamorgan Academy in 2011: Imran Hassan (Newport), John Glover (Panteg), Jon Denning (Abergavenny), Tom Baker (Blackwood), Cameron Herring (Tredegar) and Max Scarr (Newport); two of whom nave gone on to play county cricket.    Finally, 16-year-old Harry Powell played for Glamorgan 2ndXI, Wales Minor Counties and Wales U17s last season.  To cap it all he was named the Glamorgan Academy's Most Promising Player of the Year at the county's  end-of-season awards ceremony and is a member of this year's Glamorgan Academy.

Huw Waters, David and Adam Harrison, and Mark Wallace are all Gwent Young Cricketers who have played for England Under 19s.  Imran Hassan, (Newport) became a member of the England Under 16 squad at 15 and was the leading wicket-taker in the series against Australia.  He also became the 2007 Most Improved Glamorgan Academy Player and the OCS Young Sports Person for Wales and won the Sir John Hobbs Memorial Prize.  Adam Harrison and Imran Hassan have both been chosen in the past as Test Match Special Under 15 Young Cricketer of the Year.

Girls/Women

Under 12 -  Sophia Smale (Newport Girls)

Under 13 -  Amy Evans (Newport Girls), Amy Harris (Newport Girls), Catrin Phillips  (Newport Girls), Lori Matthews (Newport Girls), Bethany Proctor (Newport Girls), Sophia Smale (Newport Girls)

Under 15 -  Sophie Osborn (Newport Girls), Megan Simkins (Newport Fugitives & Newport Girls), Charlotte Scarborough (Croesyceiliog & Newport Girls), Jessica Thornton (Newport Girls), Aimee Watson (Newport Girls)

Under 17Sophie Bignell (Newport), Rose Evans (Newport), Georgia Parfitt (Newport), Nicole Reid (Newport), Ella Reed (Rogerstone & Newport), Jessica Thornton (Newport), Charlotte Scarborough (Newport)

Senior (2014 List)- Lauren Parfitt (Croesyceiliog), Kath Taylor (Sudbrook), Naomi Williams-Wadley (Newport), Ffion Wynne (Newport Girls)

Glamorgan CCC 2014/15 Development Programme

This includes seventeen players from across Wales with the following playing their cricket in Gwent: Gareth Ansell (Chepstow CC), Rose Evans, Georgia Parfitt, Charlotte Scarborough, Jessica Thornton, Scott Thornton (all Newport CC) and Joe Voke (Sudbrook CC).  Jessica has also been included in the England Women's U15 Development Programme for this winter. 

 

Lauren Parfitt was introduced to cricket at a young age through watching her dad and uncles play for the local team, Pentwyn, during the summer season.  She started playing, at 10,  for the Croesyceiliog U11 team which was predominantly a boys team.  Spotted in a league match by the Gwent Girls manager, Ted Tipper, she was invited to the Colwall Festival with Gwent Girls in the summer of 2004 and took 3 wickets for 11 runs in her first game.  The following year she was selected for the Wales under 13’s, at the age of 11, and against Herefordshire scored 58 not out and took the first 5 wickets, clean bowling 4 and running out the 5th!  A year later, she scored 86 against Northants and continued to take wickets on a regular basis.  By the time she was 13 she had been selected to play in the Under 13, 15 and 17 Wales squads and even for the women’s senior squad and opened the batting and the bowling on numerous occasions.

 

In 2008/9 she was invited to the Junior Super 2’s in Brighton where she had the opportunity to play and train with some of the most talented players in the country whilst being watched by England selectors. She was then invited to the Super 4s at Wellington College in 2009.

 

The 2009 season saw Lauren's hard work and dedication pay off by scoring her first ever century at Gowerton CC. At the end of this successful season Lauren was invited to tour South Africa with the England U19s Development Squad at the age of just 15!

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