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Freshwater win thriller as T20 fever hits Island

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4 May 2015 There was last ball drama, massive scores and shock results in the new T20 competition this weekend.

Mark Ringer (60) and James Lucy (36) helped Shanklin II post a very respectable 155-5, with Glenn Bailey (2-22) and Sam van de Casteele (2-23) taking two wickets each. In reply, Mike Holliday (47) and Graham Gosden (23) started well, before Tom Henderson (32*) got Freshwater over the line off the very last delivery to seal a five-wicket win, Matt Lambourne (2-16) and Ben White (2-35) with two wickets each for Shanklin II.

Freshwater's victory came just a day after defeat to Newport at Victoria Rec. Grant Richardson hit 22 as Freshwater made 92-9, with Ash Brett taking superb figures of 5-9 from his four overs. Harry Dye hit 51 not out in Newport's chase, G Nelson's 2-12 not enough for Freshwater, Newport winning by six wickets.

Newport followed this success with a massive win over Godshill. Harry Dye and Gareth Bricknell both hit 101 before retiring in a huge total of 256-2 from their 20 overs. Seb Egerton-Read (14) and George Sprack (10*) were the only Godshill batsmen in double figures in their reply, Joe Winchcombe taking 3-9 to help restrict them to 67-5.

Northwood made it two wins from two in the competition after a comfortable win over CHSOB. Gavin Paddock (37*), Adam Birch (35) and Kerry Rice (28) all made contributions as Northwood posted 186-5, Allan Bridges (2-24) the pick of the CHSOB bowlers. Niall Casson (4-5) and Ashley Goldsmith (2-13) then reduced CHSOB to 14-6, before Hugh Calloway (22) helped them to 60 all out, Simon Goldsmith taking 2-4.

Group C is wide open after each team won one game and lost the other. Bembridge forfeited their first game as they were unable to raise a side against Arreton, but made up for it with a victory over Northwood II. Nathan Proud (3-28) took three wickets in four balls as Bembridge slumped to 45-4 from ten overs. However, Maano Obeyesekere (59*) and Phil McDonald (58*) hit 123 without loss from the final ten overs to post 168-4. Northwood II struggled in reply before a middle-order resurgence from Proud (37) and Mark Tuckwell (25*) but fell short on 138-7, Obeyesekere (3-31) and Dan McArthur (2-18) sharing five wickets between them.

Northwood II then made up for their defeat with a strong performance against Arreton. David Winter (2-7) and Callum Witham (2-17) took two wickets each as Arreton were kept to 108-7, Sam Read top-scoring with 20. Witham then hit 22 for Northwood II, before Proud continued his form with 30 not out to seal a six-wicket win in the 18th over.
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