Ryde take the Cup
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Ryde’s Stuart Robertson led from the front last Sunday as his team triumphed against the Cricket Board’s EPP side to lift the Indoor Cup. The all-rounder smashed an unbeaten 47 in Ryde’s total of 143-5 (Craig Williams 25) and then, after a solid start by EPP in reply, turned the game in Ryde’s favour by holding a good return catch off his own bowling to remove the dangerous John Buckman for 31 and then running out Dan Cox for 29. Assisted by 2 wickets from skipper Simon Wratten, Ryde turned the screw and the EPP youngsters fell away to be bowled out for 135 giving Ryde victory by 8 runs.
Earlier, EPP had seen off Health Associates in their semi-final. Although David Hands scored 22, 2 wickets for Ben Attrill helped restrict the Associates to a total of 99-5. This was never enough as EPP passed this total for the loss of 1 wicket in just 7 overs, mainly thanks to John Buckman’s 27 not out. As cup winners, Ryde will go through to represent the Isle of Wight in the regional competition early in 2018.