EPP DEFEATED BUT STILL TOP
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The top two sides in Div 1 of the Indoor Cricket league both suffered setbacks last Sunday.
Brading, who only had 5 players, saw off league leaders EPP by 3 wickets to gain their second win of the season. Good all round performances from Alan Johns and Mark Hartnell meant Brading were able to chase down EPP’s total of 115-5. Johns (26) and Hartnell (32) followed up the earlier bowling efforts of Rob Holdcroft and Johns taking 2 wickets each to grab a last over triumph. EPP’s top scorers were Ben White (44) and Andy Woodward (34).
EPP still head the table after second placed Ryde missed the chance to close the gap. Chris Russell with 29 and John Buckman with 23 helped Ventnor to 120-5, a total which proved too much for previously unbeaten Ryde. Harry Ridley did the damage for Ventnor with impressive figures of 3-13 and, although Mark Oatley (26) and Liam Ringer (38 not out) fought hard, Ryde’s reply of 95-5 saw them fall to a 25 run loss.
In Div 2, two unbeaten sides started the evening’s games when Godshill and Ryde School came together for a high scoring clash. Godshill batted first and hit a challenging 145-5, mainly thanks to John Turner (46 not out) and Phil Mew, who had the mixed emotion of being dismissed by his son for 36. In reply, Ryde School’s Ben Attrill batted superbly to score 76 but it wasn’t quite enough as the School fell short by an agonizing 5 runs.
Northwood moved into second place after a comfortable 44 run victory over Health Associates. Not out scores from Gavin Paddock (46) and Ash Goldsmith (33) pushed Northwood to 150-4 which proved too many for the Associates despite good unbeaten scores from the consistent duo of Richard Lloyd (30) and Dave Pratt (27). Ash Goldsmith took the only two wickets to fall in a score of 106-2.
Island Bakeries were let down by their bowling as they conceded 67 extras in Cowes’ total of 154-5. Although Tom Marriott took 3 wickets for the Bakers, Scott Rice held steady to score 32 with Jason Heap contributing a hard hitting 23. Bakeries reply never got going thanks to 2 wickets each for Heap and Sam McQueen. Tom Wells continued his fine batting with 27.
Godshill now lead the way in Div 2 but a mere 20 points cover the top 6 teams as the league reaches the half way stage.