LAST BALL WIN KEEPS EPP ON TOP
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A scrambled bye of the last ball saw EPP squeeze home against challengers Ryde in Div 1 of the Indoor Cricket League last weekend.
The exciting finish was set up by EPP’s Ben White who struck 31 not out as they chased down Ryde’s 112-6 with just 2 wickets to spare. Earlier, Geoff Kite hit 40 for Ryde who were pegged back by 3 excellent catches from Ben Attrill. The Cricket Board’s young EPP side now lead the table by 34 points.
White also hit 25 not out for his club side, Shanklin, as they chased down Newport’s 128-6 to win by 6 wickets. Despite good knocks from Nat Ridett (34) and Guy Wells (35), the Newport total was never going to be enough as White was joined by Rob Moore (28), Calvin Wright (25) and Nathan Moore (28) in seeing Shanklin home.
Div 2 was thrown right open following a surprise defeat for leaders Godshill against previous strugglers Island Bakeries. The Egerton-Reads again batted well (Seb 48, Steve 38) and, with Mackenzie Wright also undefeated on 35, Godshill seemed to be in charge as they posted a challenging 167-5 (Nick Stafford 3-36). Bakeries however dug in and were indebted to hard hitting from Tom Wells (53 not out) and Kieron Annis (48) to see their side home in the last over.
Bakeries triumph meant that Northwood and Ryde Cavaliers were able to close the gap on Godshill. Northwood (102-1) defeated Cowes (101-2) in a game that saw only 3 wickets fall. Despite Jack Summers 29 not out Cowes were unable to set a target to test their rivals as Northwood’s Ash Goldsmith (27 not out) and Martyn Richards (25 not out) eased their side home.
Ryde Cavaliers also batted second to gain an important win over Ryde School. The School could only muster 114-5 (Dan Cox 32), a total that Tommy Barton (27 not out) made sure was never enough to deny Cavaliers and it has allowed them to nudge ahead of Northwood into 2nd place.