Isle of Wight Cricket

Captain Bricknell keeps Newport at the top

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6 Dec 2015 Newport remain unbeaten and top of the indoor league after defeating third placed Northwood on Sunday evening. The Northwood bowlers did well to restrict Newport to 118-5 with just four balls remaining, but Gareth Bricknell (49*) hit all four deliveries for six to take his side's total up to 142-5. Northwood then slumped to 62-4 in their chase before a late blast from Jeff Barrett (20) saw Northwood finish on 100 all out, Bricknell with 1-12. East Cowes are still right behind Newport after they beat Niton by five wickets. Tom Doble (21) top-scored for Niton as they posted 109-4, Chris Higgins with 2-24. Mark Hartnell (28*) and Alan Johns (25*) then guided East Cowes home inside the tenth over. Ryde got their first win in five matches as they proved too strong for IW Prison Officers. Lawrence Tolfrey (34*) and Mark Oatley (25) helped Ryde up to 141-4, Chris Norris with 2-37. Tom Killeen (25*) and Cyrus Dean (25*) both retired in IWPO's chase, but tight Ryde bowling restricted them to 97-2.

In Division 2, Newport II are still looking for their first win, but grabbed their first points of the season against Island Bakeries. Kevin Winchcombe (27*) and Ollie McArthur (20*) helped Newport II to 121-2, Sam Richards the pick of the Bakeries bowlers with 1-18. Ian Simmonds then made an unbeaten 27 as Bakeries looked to have the victory sealed, needing 20 to win from the final three overs. However, a wonderful spell from Winchcombe (2-13) saw Bakeries stumble to 121-3 in a thrilling tied match. Ryde II were beaten for the second consecutive week, this time at the hands of Ventnor. Martin Blackman took 3-29 as Ryde II made 121-4 from their 12 overs, Harry Wratten (21*) and Mike Dalloz (21) top-scoring. Morgan Perrin (30*) and George Willis (27*) both retired for Ventnor, but it did take them until the penultimate delivery to secure a five-wicket win. Ryde Cavaliers got their title chase back on track with a routine victory over Ryde School. Kyle Blair made 33, but poor running and 1-15 from Liam Roberts meant they could only post 98. Matt Walter (29*) and Roberts (26*) both retired in reply as Cavaliers eased to a four wicket win with four overs remaining. Godshill proved their worth with another outstanding run chase, defeating in-form Northwood II. Callum Witham (26*), Jake Cass (26*) and Ben Baker (25*) all retired as Northwood II posted a respectable 143-2. Two run outs in the first over of the run chase saw Godshill fall to 8-2, but the experienced duo of Malcolm Gibson (49*) and Phil Mew (30*) batted expertly as Godshill got home for the loss of four wickets with an over still to spare.
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