Chepstow U11s sneak home in thriller against Newport
11:02am Thursday 19th September 2013 in Sport
CHEPSTOW took on Newport in the Monmouthshire Building Society Youth Cricket Under 11 Final at Croesyceiliog CC.
Newport batted first in a repeat of the 2012 final with Harry Bachelor and Nathan Berry putting on 17 for the first wicket.
Bachelor was trapped leg before by Matteo Goddard for 11 and then wickets fell at regular intervals with a second for Goddard, Tom Franklin claiming a brace and Ryan Scrivens getting the key wicket of Berry for a fine 40.
Goddard and Harry Pinchard contributed with catches as Newport finished their 20 overs on 76-5.
In reply, Chepstow were looking comfortable on 63 for 2 with Tom Franklin out for 11, caught Ben Hope-Bell bowled Morgan Mohring.
Ryan Scrivens was still going strong but, when he was caught and bowled by Mohring for 32, panic seemed to set in, as three wickets fell in the space of four balls, a third for Mohring and two for Hope-Bell.
Chepstow then needed seven to win off the last five balls but the cool head of Ollie Mellings, well supported by Ben Kellaway, saw them to victory with a scampered run off the last ball.
While there was clearly a mixture of emotions amongst the players, they can all be satisfied with having been involved in a tremendous game of a cricket appreciated by a large crowd.
The player of the match was adjudged to be Ryan Scrivens for his contribution with the bat and his dismissal of Newport's main batting threat.