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Newport off to Taunton after thrilling indoor win

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14 Feb 2016 Newport have made it to the last 16 of the ECB Indoor Cup and are in the semi-finals of the South & West region after an outstanding win over Southern Electric Division 1 side Bournemouth.

Dorset champions Bournemouth batted first at the Ryde Sports Centre and made a slow start, reaching just 47-1 from their opening six overs, the only wicket a quick run out from Harry Dye, whose first two overs had also conceded just nine runs. However, the run rate picked up through Jake Hurley (38*) and Luke Matthews (27*) as Bournemouth hit 58 from four overs to make the score 105-1 with two overs remaining. However, a wicket apiece for Kevin Winchcombe (1-34) and Dye (1-23) as well as a run out from captain Gareth Bricknell saw Bournemouth end on 128-4, tight bowling and speedy, athletic fielding key to Newport's success.

With the score 27 without loss after two overs, things started well for Newport in their chase too, but Bricknell was caught off the ceiling and then the back wall from the very next delivery for 5, before Dye was unfortunate to be adjudged run out for 12. When Nat Riddett was caught for 12, Newport were 61-3 inside the seventh over and Bournemouth were on top for the first time in the game. Winchcombe and Lewis Wright gave Newport hope, scoring 13 and 14 respectively, but both were dismissed at crucial times, leaving the score 96-5. However, Tom Dye - returning from a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in 2013, and playing his first indoor game since 13th January of that year - was not going to let Newport roll over and accept defeat. Dye hit three sixes in an unbeaten 32, the third going just over the outstretching hands of the mid-off fielder to seal a gripping one wicket victory with just two balls remaining.

Newport now travel to Taunton to play Exeter University on Sunday 28th February in the regional semi-finals, with the final later on that day. If Newport can win both games on the day, they will then travel to Lords on 13th March for the national semi-finals and final.
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