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Newport and Northwood triumph off final ball

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7 Dec 2014 It was a tense evening in Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Indoor League on Sunday, with both Newport and Northwood winning their matches off the very final delivery. Newport remained unbeaten with victory over a determined Niton side. Martin Blackman took 2-27 to reduce Niton to 93-5, but a superb innings of 70 not out from Joby Wells helped his side reach 128-5 from their 12 overs. In reply, Newport were struggling on 72-4 with four Niton bowlers taking one wicket each. However, Nat Riddett played a great innings to give his side hope. With 32 needed off two overs, Riddett hit a six and two fours, as well as a three off the final ball to seal victory with just one wicket remaining, Riddett ending unbeaten on 58. Ryde's hopes of retaining their title are all but over after losing out to Northwood. Ryde recovered from 42-2 at the halfway stage to post 135-3, with Liam Ringer (32*) and Josh Procter (25*) top-scoring. In reply, Northwood were never too far behind the run rate and timed their chase to perfection, Pete Hayward (28) continuing his recent form before Ashley Goldsmith (42*) hit three off the final ball to seal the win. East Cowes claimed just their second win of the season after overcoming Island Bakeries by four wickets. Ellis Ridett was the standout performer in the Bakeries innings, making an unbeaten 61 in a score of 124-5. In reply, East Cowes looked comfortable throughout, with Alan Johns (26*) and Mark Hartnell (25*) both retiring, before Steve Wright (24*) got his side over the line with four deliveries remaining.

Shanklin top Division 2 after a close victory over Ryde Cavaliers. Matt Lambourne (27*), Simon Mead (26*) and Robin Moore (23) top-scored as Shanklin posted 120-2 from their allocation of overs. Ryde Cavaliers appeared to be on course for victory at 59-1 from six overs, but four run outs contributed to a collapse, Matt Walter top-scoring with 27 as Ryde Cavaliers were bowled out for 107. East Cowes II stay bottom after Northwood II recorded their second victory in as many weeks in a low-scoring match. Early wickets from Tom Turtle (3-23) and Paul Hunt (2-17) put East Cowes II on top, reducing Northwood II to 69-5, but a fine innings from James Whitewood (44*) and 59 extras saw Northwood II recover to 119-5. East Cowes II's reply never really got going, with only Hunt (12) making double figures, Ben Baker taking incredible figures of 3-5 from three overs for Northwood II, including a double-wicket maiden as East Cowes II were bowled out for 48. IW Prison Officers got back to winning ways with a 20-run victory over Godshill. Alex Oliver (44), Adam Wilson (34*) and John Turner (28*) scored the majority of the runs as IW Prison Officers posted 147-4. Godshill gave it their best effort in reply, but fell just short on 127-4, Jim Winter (33*) and Malcolm Gibson (26*) the top-scorers. Newport II have three wins in a row after defeating IW Health Associates by 49 runs. Mike Watson once again led the way for Newport II with an unbeaten 43, and with support from Kevin Winchcombe (27) and Tom Stafford (21) posted 114-5, Lewis Lewis (2-22) the pick of the bowlers. Nathan Sprengel (12) was the only batsman in double figures in the IW Health Associates chase, Ellie Watson taking 2-17 as IW Health Associates were bowled out for 65.
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