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Blackman heroics see Newport to Indoor Cup win

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26 Oct 2014 A stunning solo performance from Martin Blackman helped Newport to a fourth Indoor Cup title in six seasons after they were given a scare in the final by Ryde II. Newport were put into bat and made a steady start, totalling 31-0 from the opening four overs. However, the introduction of Simon Wratten changed the game as he took the wickets of Gareth Bricknell (15) and Nat Riddett (0) in the same over. Louis Payne then fell to Dave Buckeridge for 3, before Andy Long (1) became Wratten's third victim and Scott Wheeler was run out for 0, leaving Newport 64-5 with only Blackman left at the crease, the five wickets falling for just 28 runs. However, the experienced Blackman ensured Newport reached a respectable total with some intelligent batting, including 19 off one over. He was finally out for 44 to Harry Wratten in the final over, Newport bowled out for 105, Simon Wratten finishing with 3-28. Wratten, however, with the bat was an early casualty as he was run out by Blackman for 8. Buckeridge and Mike Dalloz built a decent second-wicket partnership before the former was caught off the bowling of Blackman for 15. The hard-hitting Dalloz was next to go for 22, run out by Bricknell to leave Ryde II 65-3. Riddett then dismissed Harry Wratten for 2 before Josh Procter fell to Blackman for 19, Ryde II now 76-5 with Joe Martin the last batsman at the crease. 21 runs came from the following three overs, but Martin's brave resistance came to an end when he was bowled by Riddett for 11, Newport champions by just 8 runs. Riddett finished with 2-10 for Newport, Blackman taking 2-28.

Earlier in the evening, Newport overcame Northwood in a tense encounter to reach the final. Northwood batted first and made 110-3, thanks mainly to the opening partnership of Gavin Paddock (27*) and Ashley Goldsmith (23). Bricknell (1-19), Riddett (1-24) and Blackman (1-34) took one wicket each for Newport. In reply, Newport made a positive start and were 58-1 after five overs, openers Blackman (27) and Bricknell (18) punishing the Northwood bowlers. However, 2-36 from Mark Tuckwell and 1-23 from Goldsmith helped Northwood back into the game and soon Newport needed four runs to win off just three deliveries with one wicket in hand. Eventually, veteran Andy Long (24*) hit the winning runs off the penultimate ball to see Newport into the final with a one-wicket win.

Ryde II were more convincing victors in the semi-finals, defeating IW Prison Officers by four wickets. Alex Oliver (39) and Adam Wilson (28) helped IW Prison Officers to 130-5 from their 12 overs, Simon Wratten (1-14) the pick of the Ryde II bowlers. In reply, Ryde II were always up with the run rate, helped by a quickfire unbeaten 28 from Dalloz. Despite the loss of two wickets in the middle overs, Buckeridge (22*) and Simon Wratten (21*) saw Ryde II home with eleven deliveries remaining, Wratten ending the game with a six.
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