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East Cowes storm to Indoor Cup

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27 Oct 2013 East Cowes claimed victory in the Indoor Cup final on Sunday night in a high-scoring evening of cricket. In the semi-finals, they faced Newport and made a respectable 134-5 from their 12 overs, Alan Johns leading the way with 30, Ash Brett with 2-34 for last season's winners, Newport. The Newport chase got off to a slow start and they found it difficult to recover despite 32 from Harry Dye and 23 from Nat Riddett. 2-17 from Rob Holdcroft helped bowl Newport out for 109, East Cowes winning by 25 runs to book their place in the final. Their opponents in the final were to be Ryde after they came out on top in a close contest with Northwood. Ryde recovered from a wicket with the second ball to post 138-5, captain Lawrence Tolfrey top-scoring with 38*, Mark Oatley adding 27 and Stuart Robertson 25. Northwood looked in control of the game at 95-1 with four overs to spare, but it was Ryde who held their nerve in the closing stages, Harry Collier taking 2-34 as Northwood slumped to 125-5 at the end of their innings, Ashley Goldsmith making 27, but Ryde winning by 13 runs.

In the final, Ryde won the toss and decided to bat first. It was, however, East Cowes that got the early breakthrough, as Collier was trapped LBW by Mark Hartnell for 5. Robertson made just 9 before he fell to Holdcroft, and Harry Wratten was run out for 1, but there were fantastic knocks from Tom Roscoe and Oatley that left the game in the balance at 86-3 after 8 overs. Tolfrey then came to the crease and smashed 26 from the ninth over, building a platform that the returning Roscoe and Oatley were able to use to boost Ryde to an imposing total. 79 runs came from the final four overs, Oatley 57*, Roscoe 47* and Tolfrey 27*, Ryde making 165-3. East Cowes were positive right from the start in their chase though and hit 58 runs from the opening three overs, Hartnell making 26 in just 10 balls. Mark Watson and Johns also retired as East Cowes made steady progress towards their target and at the halfway stage they were 100-0. Robertson then took a wicket and two run outs as he tried to get Ryde back into the game, but it was too little too late and despite an Oatley wicket, it was East Cowes who came out on top, winning by 2 wickets with an over to spare, Watson unbeaten on 32, Johns 31 not out.

Many thanks to all the umpires, scorers and spectators on the night.
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