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Newport on verge of another indoor title

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16 Dec 2012 Newport are just one win away from consecutive indoor titles after a four wicket win over GKN. Alan Johns top scored for GKN with 45*, and had support from Mark Hartnell (29) and Ian Riley (28). Gareth Bricknell took 2-22 and Louis Payne 2-23 though and GKN finished on 148-5. GKN also started well in the field with two early wickets, and Newport needed 94 from the final seven overs. Bricknell led the charge with 44*, and after Louis (29*) and Harris Payne (26*) also retired, Newport reached the target with 1.1 overs still remaining. Ventnor and Ryde Cavaliers shared the points in their match after a nail-biting tie. Ventnor batted first, hitting 113-5 thanks to Hugh Calloway (34*) and Marcus Toms (26), Jack Austin with 2-21 for Cavaliers and Graham Gregory 2-29. Only Harry Bradley (26*) could find runs easily for Cavaliers in reply who came agonisingly close to victory, ending on 113-3, both sides getting two points. Niton are up to third after a close victory over Northwood. Tom Doble hit 36 and Ben Fooks 30* as Niton posted 125-4, Ashley Goldsmith with 2-27. In reply, Northwood couldn't recover from a slow start, and despite 32* from Goldsmith and 27 from Gavin Paddock, they fell seven runs short on 118-4.

Island Bakeries are the favourites for promotion in Division 2 after a shock defeat for Ryde II. Newport II batted first and made 113-2, thanks to Stuart Gurney (25*) and Tom Stafford (23). Tom Roscoe hit 25* and Simon Wratten 25 for Ryde II, but Matt Flambard took 2-20 as Ryde fell four runs short on 109-5. Bakeries themselves continued their unbeaten start with an impressive victory over Shanklin. Ellis Ridett (29*) and Matt Webb (26) top scored for Bakeries who made 132-3 from their 12 overs. Robin Moore (28*) and Jim Thorn (25*) gave Shanklin hope but they couldn't get the run rate up and finished on 112-2, Bakeries winning by 20 runs. GKN II got their first win of the season after beating Ryde Cavaliers II. GKN hit 127-2 after decent knocks from Rhys Edmonds (27*) and Dave Cox (25*). Matt Walter hit 29 for Cavaliers, but Pete Holdcroft took 3-31 to give GKN the win, Cavaliers bowled out for 122, just five runs short. IW Prison Officers were the other winners, beating IW Health Associates by 54 runs. John Turner (41), Adam Wilson (33) and Les Barns (29*) all retired for IWPO who made 149-4, despite 3-33 from David Hands. J Tibbett hit 27* in reply and Dave Pratt 21, but IWHA could only manage 95-3 from their 12 overs.
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