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Ardingly Festival Report

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The tournament began, as always, with a ferry and coach trip to our destination, this time the impressive Ardingly College in Sussex. We were shown to our comfortable accommodation and enjoyed the first of many high quality meals before retiring after a short net session before a good nightís rest to prepare for our first match, against last years winners, Lancashire.

A lost toss saw Lancashire put their lads in to bat to good effect, with their opening pair scoring 46 and 76 before falling to the bowling of George Willis and John Buckman. This however provided no respite for our bowlers as three of the next four batters scored 19, 42 and 51 which sent Lancashire on to a highly respectable total of 310. Ollie Niemiec performed well behind the stumps and despite the total runs scored our bowlers bowled well. George Willis and Dan Cox both got a brace of wickets to open their account in the tournament and Ryan Hall bowled steadily. Joe Butcher was enthusiastic in the field setting the tone for the days to come.

Losing one of our openers early, run out on the first ball, saw James Attrill take the initiative before being caught on 25, Man of the Match Ben Herridge got a well disciplined 69 before being bowled. Sadly, only John Buckman and a late George Willis cameo saw batters into double figures for runs and the island ended the first day losing a hard fought match.

Knowing that Lancashire were the reigning champions gave a respectable edge to a losing game and spirits remained high for the next days outing.

IOW V DUBAI 13/8/2013

An international match!!! A won toss, the signs looked good for a close encounter and so this proved to be.

Batting first Ben Herridge gave us a decent start with 34 before John Buckman and Man of the Match James Attrill added 31 and 45 runs respectively to post a total of 180. Joe Newnham (12) and Cameron Bartlett (14) both contributed with valuable double figure scores. Joe Butcher and Ollie Niemiec both batted tidily on a tricky wicket.

The Dubai batters put up stern resistance and batted steadily with all but one making a double figure score, to win the game off the penultimate ball of the allotted 40 overs. George Willis and Dan Cox both took a wicket each, with Ryan Hall getting his first of the week in an enjoyable match played as you would expect in an exemplary spirit. Mentions in dispatches on the day go to Ollie Niemiec, Joe Newnham and Cameron Bartlett who all made significant contributions in the field.


Another won toss and in to bat we go for what again proved to be a tough and bruising encounter, as Daniel Coxís dentist can confirm! .

Losing an opener early became somewhat of a theme but on this occasion it brought together Ben Herrigde (44) and Man of the Match John Buckman (51), though their partnership only lasted so long due to an incredible bit of athleticism on Bens part to avoid an early run out. Joe Butcher and Daniel Cox both hit double figures and George Willis again found himself hitting a dozen in another cameo roll bating at ten. Our 187 looked a defendable total and we set about their batting with relish.

On a day where the ball moved inconsistently, their batters got to grips with our bowlers and despite our best efforts, the opposition knocked the runs off in 31 overs. John Buckman with two wickets, Ben Herridge, Ryan Hall and Daniel Cox each with one will be looking back at this match as one they really could have won. James Attrill was energetic in the field, as was Joe Newnham again, and Ollie made some significant stops behind the sticks. Cameron Bartlett worked tirelessly in many fielding positions, allowing nothing past him on the day although again, only one of the oppositionís batters failed to reach double figures.

IOW V SUSSEX 14/8/2013

Four matches in four days and the Islands small squad meant the team was feeling the pressure, tiredness crept in as they did not have the luxury of squad rotation or substitute fielders. A lost toss this time and bowling first gives us a total to chase, and not a bad one as the boys bowled them out for 228 due mainly to the 5 for 39 of Man of the Match Ryan Hall. This was a performance of great character as Ryan had gone for a few in his first spell but came back to take all five wickets in a three over burst. George Willis chipped in with his customary straight bowling producing two wickets. Our two spinners, Daniel Cox and John Buckman, bowled well with Daniel costing only 36 runs from 7 overs and John a miserly 32 off his 8, thanks partly to some more good work in the field by James Attrill.

A reshuffle in the bating order saw our openers fall rather too quickly which put pressure on those to follow, Ryan Hall (17) added to his great day with the ball, Ben Herridge (38) put in a shift, as did Daniel Cox with 23 and Joe Butcher on 14, but sadly we fell short on a tough day. James Attril looked assured, as did Cameron Bartlett once again, but neither got the score they deserved. Joe Newnham looked really quick between the stumps but could not quite produce his batting form of early season.

IOW V DUBAI 15/8/2013

A return match and chance for a win following our last over defeat a couple of days ago, the boys were beginning to know how test players feel after five games in five days but spirits were high and smiles were plentiful.

Our more normal opening order saw Ben Herridge (22) and John Buckman (20) get us of to a good start, before Ben was deceived by a slower ball and John fell to a direct hit run out from all of 35 yards. Dan Cox and Joe Butcher calmed things down and deserved to get double figures before falling short. Ollie Niemeic and Cameron Bartlett put together a partnership that deserved more runs but the Island ended a wet innings on just 79 runs, in a match shortened to 30 overs due to rain.

This was a day where we needed to dig deep to defend that small total and went about the task with some enthusiasm, and a seemingly endless supply of energy. Their batters ticked along carefully until our spinners came on, Daniel Cox and John Buckman sharing the Man of the Match plaudits with figures of 2 for 14 for Daniel and 4 for 14 for John. Joe Newnham and Cameron Bartlett again fielded so well and closed down gaps making their batters work hard for their runs Our final match ended in the 23rd over and thus our tournament was finished, other than to go to see Lancashire pick up the prize for the second successive year.

Despite the resultís the tournament was a great success as all of the boys enjoyed it and produced good performances at some point, with a little luck the Island would have won at least two of the matches, so better book early for next year.
Our thanks to Adrian Niemiec for picking up the reins and organising the squad and to Martin Blackman for excellent support and coaching throughout the week.

For the stats lovers, the top thee batters were Ben Herridge with 207 runs at an average of 41, John Buckman (124 ave 31) and James Attrill (77 ave 16). The top bowlers were John Buckman (22 overs 3 maidens 98 runs for 7 wickets) , Ryan Hall ( 6) and Daniel Cox (
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