Isle of Wight Cricket

Duggan's knock is not enough against the MCC

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Islands Ben Duggan hit a suburb 97 in vain as the MCC ran out winner by 13 runs in the annual Isle of Wight Cricket Board fixture against the MCC at Newclose on the 21st May.

The MCC batted first with S.Miller (82) and M.Morgan (25) giving them a solid foundation, until Barney Tyler came on as first change and took the wicket of Morgan in his first over. A.Humayon joined Miller in the middle and look to devlop another promising partnership until Travis Head removed Humayon for 34. This was the start of a successful 19 over spell from Head who ended up finishing with figures of 5-56 on the day.

The MCC recovered to set a total of 228 from there 58 overs thanks to contributions from G.Russel (42) and wicket Keeper R.Arthur (21) in the middle to lower order.

The Island started well with both openers getting themselves in and looking set until Travis played on for 28, off the bowling of Stephens. Stephens then went on to take 2 more wickets, those off Hugh Calloway (2) and Jadon Buckeridge (0) in quick succession. Martin Blackman then fought his way to 18 until his was caught behind of the bowling of A.Woodwood (3-32). The scoreboard was not trouble by an unlucky Harry Collier who was bowled by Woodwood with a ball that kept extremely low.

Rob Snell (21) came to the crease and worked hard to support Ben Duggan who was well set and looking untroubled by the bowling attack. Victory was still in the Islands sights as they entered the last 20 over of the day, requiring 120 to take the win and with Duggan and Snell well set it looked a strong possibility, but Snell was sent back to the pavilion by a fine catch in the slips from Islander and MCC Captain Chris Sketchley of the bowling of S.Naylor (2-60). Island captain Mark Holmes tried to keep the scoreboard ticking over with some big hitting but was out foxed by Naylor and bowled for 12.

With Duggan looking to round of an excellent batting performance for the day with his century he was caught only three runs short by a flying catch by M.Miller of the bowling of Naylor. The MCC took victory when Barney Tyler was given out LBW by umpire Newnham padding up to a straight deliver from R.Curzon-Thompson.
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