5 TEAMS AT THE TOP
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Five sides are in close contention at the top of Div 2 of the Indoor Cricket League following the latest round of matches last Sunday with Ryde Cavaliers, Prison Officers, Godshill, Ryde School and Northwood separated by just 9 points as the league closes in on the half way stage.
Godshill are still unbeaten after beating Cowes by 3 wickets. Cowes batted steadily to post a good score of 127-1 with not out scores from Jason Heap (28) and Jack Summers (22). Godshill reached their target for the loss of 3 wickets – Seb Egerton-Read top scoring with an unbeaten 25. In the game between the two bottom sides in Div 2 it was Island Bakeries who recorded their first win of the campaign with a 31 run win over Health Associates. Associates were the victims of their own downfall. Despite being on top early with Richard Lloyd taking 3 quick wickets they eventually conceded 70 extras which, with Tom Marriott hitting a defiant 41 not out, meant that the Bakers were able to post a challenging 138-4. In reply, the Bakers only conceded 19 extras which meant handy scores from Lloyd (33 not out) and Dave Pratt (33) were not quite enough as Associates fell short with 107-5.
Only one game was played in Div 1.
EPP maintained their place at the top of the table following a 65 run victory over Shanklin. Batting first, Ben Attrill (48 not out) and Ben White, playing against his own club side, with 28 not out, saw EPP to a match winning 158-4. Nathan Moore took two wickets and then went on to hit 27 alongside team mate Calvin Wright who scored 33 not out as Shanklin were restricted to 93-5. EPP now have 4 wins from 5 games but unbeaten Ryde are handily positioned in 2nd place with two games in hand over their Cricket Board rivals.
Unfortunately, two games were the victims of sides not being able to fulfill their fixture. In Div 1 Ryde were handed the points as Newport were unable to raise a side and Div 2 saw a walk over win for Northwood following Prison Officers late withdrawal from their game.