ITíS CUP TRIUMPH FOR RYDE
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Ryde have been the dominant force in indoor cricket on the island over the past 3 years but last Sunday at Rew Valley Sports Centrethey produced arguably their best performance so far as they defeated reigning Southern Premier League championsBashley (Rydal) from Dorset in the county play off for the ECB IndoorNational Club Championship.
Playing against a Bashley side who beat Ryde at the same stage of the competition last year,skipper Stuart Robertson chose to bat first but saw his batsmen struggle against tight bowling. It was left to Mark Oatley who top scored with 30 not out to help Ryde reach 94-4, a total that Bashley felt was well within their grasp as they sought to repeat last year’s successful run chase. Bashley’s openers started well and reached 48 without loss but it wasyoung Ollie Morgan who turned the game by removing the dangerous Michael Porter for 18. Josh Proctor and Stuart Robertson then each took a wicket in quick succession as Bashleyfound runs hard to come by and it was left to Ash Goldsmith (2-14) to wrap up the remaining batsmen and take Ryde to victory by 17 runs.
Ryde now progress to take on Wiltshire side Swindon in the south west regional semi-final at Taunton in two weeks’ time with the winners of the regional final making a trip to Lords for the national finals at the end of March.