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East Cowes survive late Ringer fightback

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29 Nov 2015 East Cowes were pushed all the way by five-man Ryde on Sunday evening of the Isle of Wight Indoor Division 1. Alan Johns (38*) and Mark Hartnell (27*) continued their consistent run scoring as they helped East Cowes post 153-4, Lawrence Tolfrey the pick of the bowlers with 2-35. Stuart Robertson started well for Ryde, but when he was dismissed for 30 off the bowling of Chris Higgins (2-29), Ryde still required 48 from the final three overs with just Liam Ringer left at the crease. Six sixes from Ringer put Ryde back into the match, but a wonderful caught and bowled by Dan Cox saw the end of Ringer for 49, Ryde bowled out 11 runs short on 142. Newport remain top of the league after a comfortable win over Niton. Nat Riddett smashed his way to an unbeaten 64, with Harry Dye making 41 not out as Newport hit 171-4 from their 12 overs, Les Cupis with 2-37. Harry Dye (2-16) quickly ended any hopes of a Niton victory, Ben Fooks top-scoring with 21 not out as Niton finished on 124-4. Northwood moved up to third after beating bottom side IW Prison Officers. Gavin Paddock (32), Ashley Goldsmith (29*) and Nathan Proud (28) all retired as Northwood totalled 170-4, Steve Sprake taking 2-48. Chris Norris (25*) top-scored for IW Prison Officers in their reply, but they were never in danger of reaching their target, David Winter with 2-17 as IWPO finished on 103-2.

Division 2 is wide open after both remaining unbeaten teams lost for the first time this season. Ryde Cavaliers were the first team to lose their unbeaten record, succumbing to five-man Ventnor. Liam Roberts top-scored for Cavaliers with 29 not out as they posted 133-4, Martin Blackman (2-15) and George Willis (2-19) with two wickets each. Blackman and Willis then both hit 25 not out, but it was Tom Stafford who top-scored, making 48 as Ventnor clinched the win for the loss of two wickets with seven deliveries remaining. Ryde II also lost for the first time but stay top after their defeat to Godshill. Kevin Wrigley (25*), Ryan Hall (24*) and Jadon Buckeridge (24) all scored heavily as Ryde II made 123-2. Ray Winter and Malcolm Gibson both then made 25 not out as Godshill passed their target for the loss of just one wicket with four balls to spare. Northwood II moved up to second after their third consecutive win. Justin Pinder (26*) and Dave Cox (25*) got East Cowes II up to 140-2, aided by 52 extras. Pinder then took 2-29 to reduce Northwood II to 49-2, but no further wickets were lost as Ben Baker (27*) and Mark Tuckwell (25*) helped to get Northwood II to their win with four balls left. IW Health Associates claimed their first points of the season with victory over Island Bakeries. Richard Robertson (43*), Kieran Annis (30) and Murray Jones (29) all retired as Bakeries posted 140-5, David Hands taking 2-30. However, Don Roe (38*), Hands (26*) and Souvik Sanyal (25*) returned the favour as IWHA won by four wickets with five balls remaining. Newport II are still searching for their first win after defeat to Ryde School. Jack Curtis (33), Tarun Howles (30*) and Kyle Blair (25*) batted positively as Ryde School reached 196-3, Kevin Winchcombe with 2-40. Curtis (2-22) was the pick of the bowlers in the run chase, Newport II falling way short on 102-5 despite an impressive 30 not out from Ollie McArthur.
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