WINNERS GO OUT & VENTNOR & RYDE CLOSE GAP
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ISLAND CUP WINNERS GO OUT
Cup winners Ryde recently represented the island in the 2018 ECB Indoor Cup but were not able to progress in the knockout stage of the competition following a heavy 81 run defeat at Parley (Dorset). Matt Webb (1-13) bowled tidily but could not prevent Parley from posting 140-3. Ryde never got to grips with the unfamiliar surroundings of the Dorset Indoor Cricket Centre and collapsed to 59 all out despite a battling 39 from Craig Williams.
VENTNOR AND RYDE CLOSE GAP
Ventnor and Ryde are pushing EPP all the way as Div 1 of the Leslies Motors Indoor Cricket League is building towards an exciting climax. Last Sunday saw both sides gain easy victories.
Ventnor raced to a 5 wicket win against Brading, despite Alan Johns (26) and 57 from Mark Hartnell helping Brading put up a competitive 155-6. Ventnor went on the attack from the start and John Buckman’s unbeaten 25, scored from just 5 deliveries, alongside further not out scores from Zeph Wells (25), Martin Blackman (27) and Zach Wells (28), meant Ventnor reached their target in just 9 overs to remain in 2nd place.
Ryde also wasted no time in securing victory against Newport. Newport started their innings brightly (Nat Ridett, 37) but collapsed from 64-0 to 78 all out. Ryde’s Craig Williams (25 not out) and Mark Oatley (29 not out) saw Ryde home in just 4.4 overs to win by 6 wickets and remain just 2 points behind Ventnor with a game in hand.
The other game in Div 1 was a high scoring affair that saw Brading (166-1) just overtaken by Shanklin (168-2). The prolific batting pair of Alan Johns (28 not out) and Mark Hartnell (26 not out) made sure Brading set a challenging target but not out scores from Rob Moore (34), James Thorn (25), Calvin Wright (25) and Nathan Moore (28) saw Shanklin home.
In Div 2, Northwood 1 are now favourites for the title with just a single round of matches to go. Their 19 run victory over previous pace setters Godshill was led by strong not out batting efforts from Gavin Paddock (26), Ash Goldsmith (27) and Kerry Rice (25) which helped them to 144-1. Although Steve Egerton-Read fought back with an unbeaten 25, the target proved too much as Godshill fell short on 125-4.
Northwood 2nds were unable to follow up their first team’s example and fell to a narrow defeat to Island Bakeries. Callum Witham (32) and Jeff Barrett (29) helped the seconds to set a target of 137-5 but the experienced Tony Cook (38 not out) made sure Bakeries were able to squeeze over the line with just 5 balls to spare.