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Dye steers Newport to thrilling Indoor Cup win

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25 Oct 2015 Newport retained the Indoor Cup after a pulsating finals night on Sunday evening. Harry Dye was the hero as Newport defeated Ryde by just one wicket in the final. Ryde batted first, and tight Newport bowling restricted them to just 49-1 after six overs, Matt Webb (1-27) taking the wicket of Stuart Robertson (16). However, Mark Oatley (31) and Siby Parackal (30) did their best to increase the run rate in the latter overs, but wickets for Dye (1-31), Ash Brett (1-32) and two run outs for Dye restricted their progress, Ryde ending on 120-5. Newport's chase got off to the worse of starts with Gareth Bricknell (0) and Nat Riddett (5) falling to Darren Hall (1-44) and Oatley respectively inside the first three overs to leave the score 15-2. Dye and Lewis Wright began to steady the ship for Newport, before Wright was run out for 22, which sparked another collapse. Webb (7) was caught off the bowling of Oatley (2-16) before Brett (1) was cleaned up by Robertson (1-22), leaving Newport 62-5 with just Dye left at the crease. A couple of steady overs took Newport up to 72-5 with four overs remaining, before Dye exploded into action. He hit six sixes as he took 21, 17 and 12 off consecutive overs to take Newport to a memorable one wicket victory, Dye finishing on 74 not out.

Newport also faced a tight challenge in their semi-final against East Cowes. Impressive bowling again restricted their opponents, with East Cowes making 117-5 from their 12 overs, Dye with 1-30 and Wright bowling economically with 0-22. Mark Hartnell (46*) and Alan Johns (30) took advantage of a number of drop catches to help get their side to a respectable score after being just 44-0 at the halfway stage. In reply, Newport again suffered problems in their chase, as Riddett (14), Dye (8), Wright (4) and Webb (0) all soon found themselves back in the hut, Chris Higgins impressing with 2-16. Bricknell, however, was going well and consecutive sixes took him to 30 before he was bowled by Dan Cox (1-39) to leave just Brett at the crease, with Newport needing another 21 runs from 16 deliveries. East Cowes couldn't force the victory, and calm batting from Brett, along with good running between the wickets got Newport over the line by one wicket, with one over remaining, Brett making 26 not out.

Ryde also faced a scare in their semi-final as they scraped through against their 2nd VI. Oatley (28), Robertson (24) and Parackal (21) got Ryde up to 144-5 from their 12 overs, with Simon Wratten taking 1-28 for Ryde II. Andy Woodward (1) was an early wicket to fall in Ryde II's chase, but they were undeterred and made it to 75-1 from just five overs, with Simon and Harry Wratten both retiring. Mike Dalloz then became the third Ryde II batsman to retire, the score 103-3 after eight overs after the dismissals of Kevin Wrigley (1) and Theo Dalloz (2). Harry Wratten was the next wicket to fall, however, as he was bowled by Hall (2-27) for 34. Simon Wratten and Mike Dalloz continued to push for victory though and some more lusty blows meant Ryde II needed just four runs from the final over. Ryde captain, Robertson, refused to give up though and removed Wratten (55) with the first delivery, caught by Lawrence Tolfrey. Mike Dalloz was then clean bowled with the second delivery to give Ryde a thrilling three run win, Robertson with 2-30 to take Ryde into the final.

Thanks go to the umpires on the evening, Dave Brown, Martyn Richards, Angus Robertson and George Wickens, and the scorers Pete Holdcroft and Gayle Trevallion.
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