Isle of Wight Cricket

Ventnor Win Isle fo Wight County Press Cup

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The final rounds of the Isle of Wight County Press U11 Cup were settled all on one day as both semi finals and the final were all played at Cowes CC. The first semi final saw Ryde take on Northwood. Ryde won the toss and decided to have a bat on a lovely sunny morning. Ryde’s 4 pairs all contributed and put on 285 from their 16 overs for the loss of 5 wickets (Ben Shaw 7no, Marcus Otty 5no and Tom Beasley 5no. James Whitewood 2-18 & Jason Gane 2-21). Northwood struggled early on and lost wickets (Harry Leggett 2-11 & Harry Stead 2-15) on a regular basis until the last two pairs made an effort to bring Northwood back into the game (J Gane 12no, George Sprack 9no and J Whitewood 8no) but it was all to late as Ryde ran out winners by 53 runs and moved into the final to take on the winners of the second semi between GKN and Ventnor.

John Buckman won the toss for Ventnor and sent GKN out to field, which turned out to be a good decision as the Ventnor batsman put together a challenging target of 296 for 2 with J Buckman (23) and Ben Attrill (20) top scoring.
GKN’s Josh and Liam Dunne were the best of the bowlers with 1-16 and 1-20 respectively. Ventnor’s bowling attack took regular wickets and none of the GKN batsman managed to get into double figures. George Marshall taking 4-4 from his two over was pick of the bunch and well supported by J Buckman, C Fareell, J Wight and O Marshall who all took 2 wickets a piece leaving GKN on 207 for 12 with only Marcus Richter finishing not out.

Ryde batted first in the final and started brightly with the first two pairs all finishing not out (Harry Leggett 11, Harry Stead 8, Marcus Otty 10 and Ben Shaw 7) and giving Ryde a great base to build a very competitive score. But the Ventnor Bowlers had other ideas and managed to keep the total from increasing much more by taking 6 late wickets (O Marshall 2-13 and J Wight the pick with 2-9) and restricting Ryde to 268 – 6.
Ventnor went out in determined mood not to give away their wickets which meant they did fall behind the run rate early on as L Malkin (6) and C Farrell (0) found it hard to score runs freely from some excellent bowling from H Leggett and J Martin.
J Buckman (13no) helped the score along in the middle but in the last over the game was still in the balance with Ryde needing a couple of wickets to bring the game level and Ventnor just needing to keep their wickets intact to secure victory which B Attrill (12) and his partner W Leon (2) managed, so securing Isle of Wight County Press U11 Cup for Ventnor.

A massive thanks to George Hatt & Cowes CC for preparing the ground and hosting the day. Karl Hoey for Umpiring all day and to all the teams who put on three good games and played in a great spirit.

Picture of the Northwood, Ryde and GKN teams can be found in the picture gallery section.


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