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Newport CC Juniors Win Unique 'Double' Triple

November 2012

Newport Cricket Club Juniors, sponsored by Herald Land, celebrated an amazing 2012 season, winning the Monmouthshire Building Society ‘League and Cup Double’ at all three age levels, (U/11, U/13 & U/15).

                                       Newport Cricket Club 'Double - Triple' Winners.
Captains: U11- Will Smale, U13 - Ryan Ward, U15 - Matt Jones

Over 60 parents and guests assembled at the Club’s Junior Presentation Evening to celebrate the success. Club coach Mike Knight enthused, ‘It may have been a dismal season weather wise, but to win the ‘Double’ at all three age groups is astonishing! It’s never been done before and reflects hugely on the players we have at the club and the tremendous work the coaches are doing. As the only Premier League team in the area, our philosophy is, and always has been, to develop our own talent to play at the top level’

The U/11, U/13 & U/15 teams all remained unbeaten in their respective League and Cup campaigns.

UNDER 11 PREMIER DIVISION
  P W L A C T PTS
Newport A 11 11 0 0 0 0 44
Chepstow A 9 8 1 0 0 0 34
Monmouth  12 2 9 1 0 0 28
Abergavenny A 8 4 3 1 0 0 24
Malpas  8 2 6 0 1 0 20
Sudbrook A 8 2 6 0 0 0 20
Newbridge  6 2 4 0 1 0 16

 

UNDER 13 20-OVER DIVISION 
  P W L A C T PTS
Newport A 12 11 0 1 0 0 46
Malpas 10 4 3 2 0 1 29
Croesyceiliog A 9 5 3 1 0 0 28
Sudbrook  A 7 5 2 0 0 0 24
Chepstow A 8 4 2 2 0 0 24
Usk A 8 3 4 1 0 0 22
Ponthir 7 4 3 0 1 0 22
Blackwood 8 2 4 2 0 0 20
Abercarn 8 0 6 2 1 0 16
Monmouth 5 2 2 0 0 1 15
Newbridge 5 2 3 0 1 0 14
Ebbw Vale  4 1 3 0 1 0 10
Abergavenny 4 1 3 0 1 0 10
Pentwyn A 3 1 2 0 0 0 8

 

UNDER 15 PREMIER DIVISION
  P W L A C T PTS
Newport A 4 4 0 0 0 0 16
Monk & Pont 5 2 3 0 0 0 14
Ebbw Vale 5 1 4 0 0 0 12
Croesyceiliog A 3 3 0 0 0 0 12
Chepstow A 3 2 1 0 0 0 10
Abergavenny 3 1 2 0 0 0 8
Sudbrook 2 2 0 0 0 0 8
Newbridge 2 1 1 0 1 0 6
Monmouth 3 0 3 0 1 0 6

 

With league honours already secured, the three teams all progressed to the Gwent Finals day at Sudbrook with high expectations. A good season was about to get better, with all three teams gaining success.

      

       The U/11 team beat Chepstow by 6 wkts.                                            

       Tomos Evans winning the Man of the Match Award.

 

 

       

       The U/13 team beat Sudbrook by 8 runs.

       Ryan Ward winning The Man of the Match Award.

 

 

      

       The U/15 team beat Croesyceiliog by 10 wkts.

       Scott Thornton winning The Man of the Match Award.

 

 

The ‘Clean Sweep’ of trophies is the first time any club has won all of the major Gwent Junior Titles in one year.

Also during the season, the U/15 team went on to become Welsh Champions beating North Walians, Burton and Mochdre in a three way Final. Their only defeat of the season came against Bath in the ECB Regional Finals, who went on to win the trophy.

Another remarkable statistic of the 2012 season, illustrating the strength of the Junior section of the club, shows 13 boys who represented Wales at the various age groups:-

Welsh Internationals

U/11 – William Smale, Tomos  Evans 
U/12 – Robbie Clarke, Sam Hope-Bell
U/13 – Ryan Ward
U/14 – Scott Thornton    
U/15 – Luke Harris, Matt Jones, Dan Lezar, Jack Thorpe-Yon, Scott Thornton 
U/17 – Lewis Coates, Matt Jones, Marc Lezar, Jack Thorpe-Yon, Scott Thornton,
            Harry Powell

 

Glamorgan Emerging Players (EPP)

As well as their Welsh achievements, Lewis Coates, Matt Jones, Jack Thorpe-Yon, Scott Thornton, Harry Powell have all been selected for the Glamorgan ‘Emerging Player Programme’ (EPP), which includes monitoring their performances as ‘elite sportsmen’ throughout the year.

At the Presentation Evening the following won Player of the Year Awards:-

Player of the Year Awards

U/11 – William Smale
U/13 – Ryan Ward
U/15 – Jack Thorpe-Yon


Bill Jones' Memorial 'Young Player of the Year'

Marc Lezar

 

Other Highlights

Young opening bowler Harry Powell, who over the past two seasons has established himself in the Newport Premier League team, represented Wales Minor Counties and Glamorgan 2nd’s throughout the season and was named by Glamorgan as their ‘Academy Bowler of the Year’.

Matt Jones and Jack Thorpe-Yon were selected for the U/15 West of England Team and took part in the prestigious 'Bunbury Festival' competing against some of the best U/15 players in the country.

The Newport youngsters (7 – 13yr olds) have begun preparations for the 2013 season, with practice sessions taking place every Friday at the Indoor Tennis Centre venue, which is part of the impressive Newport Sports Village complex. Further details can be found from mike.knight2@ntlworld.com