WALES international Connor Hopkins showed his class in Gwent Youth’s opening fixture of the season, with his clinical victory over Brandon McDonnell standing out in a 9-6 defeat of Cornwall, writes Morgan Barrell.

Hopkins, 14, from Crumlin, threw a 14-dart leg and hit a maximum on his way to a 25.91 average to claim Gwent’s first point, as the team hit the ground running after a successful 2018/19.

The teenager is undoubtedly a huge talent and has all the makings of a future senior A team player.

Victories for Gwent also came for Nathan Hanrahan, Ieuan Halsall and Callum Cozens, as the U18s beat their Cornish counterparts to build a 4-3 lead.

Cornwall's Laura Sheppard, Courtney Hancock and Katie Latham responded to claim vital points in the U21 girls’ clash, giving the visitors a 6-4 lead, before the U21 men took to the stage.

Sam Gibbons, Josh Lewis, Kyle MacLeod, Liam Young and Jack Sargeant won to complete the 9-6 win.

Gwent Youth will also go head-to-head with West Wales, Glamorgan, Devon and Bristol in Section C of the league this season, facing all opponents home and away.

This weekend sees the seniors travel to Redditch for their second British Inter-Counties Championship game against Worcestershire.

Meanwhile, leaders Chepstow FC hosted fellow high fliers Gilfach in the only Gwent Super League match last week.

Jon Worsley and Adam Smith registered 30+ averages in a 6-1 Chepstow success that puts them six points clear at the top.

In the Ladies Super League, Cwmcarn were convincing 7-0 victors over visiting Garndiffaith. Michelle Mellish was on form once again.

Golddiggers, with Jade Hickey delivering the outstanding performance, returned to the top of the league on leg difference over Cwmcarn as they edged out Newport.