INDOOR SEMI-FINAL PLACES DECIDED
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Cowes, Northwood 1, EPP and Ryde 1 all confirmed their places in next Sunday’s finale to the Leslies Motors Indoor Cricket Cup with comfortable quarter final victories last week.
Cowes began the evening by beating Bradingby 6 wickets. Despite 26 from Mark Hartnell, Brading were skittled out for 78 and Cowes made easy work of getting to their target without losing a wicket thanks to openers Josh Rice (25) and Jack Summers (27).
Callum Witham was the star for Northwood 1 in their triumph over Ryde School. His tight bowling (2-20) helped restrict the School to 107-4, and then hit an unbeaten 25 as Northwood (108-1) won by 5 wickets.
Current cup holders Ryde 1 were in no mood to take things easy against their club colleagues (Ryde 2) as they smashed their way to a huge win by 128 runs. Batting first, Ryde 1’s Dave Pratt 39 not out and Josh Proctor with 26 not out were the main contributors in their score of 157-3. 2 wickets from Ash Goldsmith and a hat trick from Simon Wratten made sure that Ryde 2 were never in contention as they bowled out for just 29 in 7 overs.
EPP will take up the other semi final spot as they defeated a young Ventnor side by 53 runs. Not out scores from Ali Wheble (55) and Dan Cox (36) took EPP to a total of 141-4 (Will Vincent 3-41). Despite 38 from Joby Wells, Ventnor could only muster 88 in reply.
The semi-finals will see EPP try to gain revenge over Ryde 1 for their last ball defeat at the same stage last season. Games next week (27th) at Cowes Enterprise College:
Ryde 1 v EPP (6pm)
Northwood 1 v Cowes (7pm)
Cup Final (8.30pm)