Isle of Wight Cricket

COWES WIN AGAIN

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Just 14 points separate the top 3 teams in Division 2 of the Leslies Motors Indoor Cricket League following Sunday’s round of games at Cowes Enterprise College.

Cowes are proving to be the Division 2 in-form team with another close victory, this time against previous leaders Ryde School. Cowes’ Justin Pinder (27 not out) helped his side to 116-4 which proved just too much for the Scholars who fell just 3 runs short with 113-5 in reply (Will Mew 30, Stuart Gurney 31 not out). Island Bakeries made up for their first defeat last week by re-taking top spot in Division 2 following a 45 run win over the Cricket Board Disability Team. Bakeries hit 132-1 (25 not out each for Ellis Ridett and Tom Wells) but, again, the Disability side fought hard to bat all their overs to total 87-3 with Kayton Evans hitting 25 not out to continue his fine form with the bat.

EPP continued their charge towards the Division 1 title with a 3 wicket win over Brading. Good knocks from Alan Johns (41) and Mark Hartnell (32 not out) took Brading to 116-5 but EPP’s Ben Attrill made sure that this was not enough as he stroked an unbeaten 27 to take EPP (120-3) home. EPP now have a 44 point lead at the top. Northwood were unable to repeat last week’s first victory of the season as they narrowly lost to Shanklin &Godshill 1 by 2 wickets. Callum Witham and Liam Roberts both scored 25 not out to keep up their good batting form as they helped Northwood to 128-3 but it was not quite enough as Shanklin &Godshill 1 got home in the last over. Their total of 131-4 was dominated by not outs from Ben White (33) and Jez Robinson (25). The other Division 1 game saw Ryde easily overcome Prison Officers. Batting first, Ryde stormed to 188-0 with Dave Pratt (34 not out) leading the charge as all their batsmen contributed to the biggest score of the evening. The Officers’ 45 all out saw them slump to a 143 run defeat.

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