Newport CC 2013 Presentation of Awards Evening
Newport Cricket Club players, officials, friends and family celebrated a really successful season
at the Annual Presentation of Awards Evening held at the club recently.
After a highly entertaining Chairman's X1 v Captain's X1 match and an after match curry, the real
business began with the Awards Evening.
Ably led by captain Gary Wood, the young 1st X1 finished a very credible 5th in the South Wales
Player of the Year - Harry Powell
Opening bowler and Glamorgan Academy prospect, Harry Powell, had an outstanding season,
leading the Newport bowling attack. Harry took 29 league wickets at an average of 18.69 with best
figures of 5-35 against Sully.
Captain, Phil MacLean led the young 2nd X1 to the South Wales Premier League (Reserve Division) Title
for the second consecutive year. The season began badly, with three of the first four games being lost
and one cancelled, but the transformation was just around the corner.
It was the young players in the team who took the eye, with Darnell Taylor-Wood claiming
24 league wickets at an average of 19.88 in his first full season in 2nd X1 cricket, Jack Thorpe-Yon 343 runs,
at an average of 68.6 and Tom Cleeve 313 runs at an average of 62.6 all performing admirably.
However, it was another young player, Scott Thornton who took the limelight.
2nd X1 Player of the Year - Scott Thornton
Scott represented the Wales U15 Team and took part in the prestigious 'Bunbury Festival' playing for
the West of England team. His performances for the Newport 2nd X1 were outstanding with both bat
and ball, scoring 567 league runs with an average of 47.25, while his off spin bowling accounted for
26 league wickets at an average of 13.23, with best figures of 5-20 v Ammanford. Remarkably, Scott
finished top of the South Wales Premier League (Reserve Division) Batting and Bowling Averages.
Captain, Joe Thompson must take a lot of the credit for the success of the 3rd team in 2013. He led the
young 3rd X1 by example both on and off the field. In probably the most difficult job in the club, Joe took
on the unenviable task with relish, always remaining positive in the most adverse of times. After a season
battling relegation, a late flourish enabled the team to finally finish in 6th place in the Welsh Cricket
Conference (Division 3). A fine achievement!
Joe himself starred with the bat scoring 550 league runs at an average of 91.67 and a top score of 155 not out
against Barry Wanderers.
However, it was Joe's wish that the young players in the team should gain the glory, with Dave Cook excelling.
3rd X1 Player of the Year - David Cook
Dave played several games in the 2nd X1 and was always available to play in whatever team he was chosen for.
In 3rd X1 matches he topped the bowling averages, claiming 8 league wickets at an average of 15.88 with
best figures of 4-40 against Ton Pentre.
Another outstanding Captain, Haydn Davies led his team to a third successive promotion whilst finishing
Runners Up in the Welsh Cricket Conference (Division 6). A great season!
Haydn often organised things from afar, as work commitments dictated. However, his able deputy, son
Alex, always took on the reins admirably.
Several outstanding performances from the team were recorded, notably Graeme Hughes 595 runs at an
average of 54.09 and best score of 155no v Panteg, but it was Talah Ubaid who really took the accolades.
4th X1 Player of the Year - Talah Ubaid
Talah was the real star performer, showing great commitment throughout the season, he topped both
the 4th X1 batting and bowling bowling averages. He scored 715 league runs at an average of 59.58 with
a best score of 114 against Mountain Ash and claimied 24 league wickets at an average of 14.79 with
best figures of 4-19 against Bridgend, to rightfully claim the 4th X1 Player of the Year Award.
Young Player of the Year - Scott Thornton
It was not only Scott's Senior performances that caught the eye, but also his junior performances.
He represented Wales U15's and was selected in the 'West of England' Team who competed in the
His performances along with his commitmentfor the Club's U15 team were exceptional and he led
the team to the League & Cup Double, receiving the 'Mam of the Match' Award in the Final, for the
second year running.
Well done Scott on a memorable 2013 season. One to watch for the future!
'Clubman of the Year' - Ray Larcombe
A relative newcomer to the club, Ray has been a breathe of fresh air and has transformed the club
off the field. His willingness to help in numerous ways has been a major reason for the club's successful
season. A 'doer' in every way possible, whether planting, grass cutting, making and designing, umpiring
and a host of other odd jobs and chores has seen Ray transform several areas of the club, becoming
one of the clubs MVP's (Most Valuable Player)!
Well done Ray!
Scorers Award - 2nd X1
For their second consecutive South Wales Premier League (Res. Div.) Championship
The 2013 season was a memorable one, with the club hosting Test Nation - Sri Lanka, who used the ground
as a Training Base during the ICC Champions Trophy earlier in the season.
There were a host of unsung heroes throughout the season who contributed to the success the club experienced.
The Pavilion was transformed both inside and out and thanks go to all those who made this possible, while the
grounds were always immaculate and seem to be getting better and better!
Thanks to all who gave up their time and contributed to the 2013 season.
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