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Newport win Indoor League despite defeat to Niton

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24 Jan 2016 It was a night of shocks in Division 1 of the Isle of Wight Indoor League, but it didn't stop Newport retaining their league title. Newport started their night with a routine victory over IW Prison Officers to take them four points clear of East Cowes. Harry Dye (37*) and Nat Riddett (25*) both retired in a Newport total of 159-4. Adam Wilson then made 37 not out for IWPO, but 2-16 from Louis Payne restricted the bottom side to 106-4. However, the title race was then taken down to the last game when Niton shocked leaders Newport, inflicting just their second defeat of the season. The usually reliable Newport batting line-up were dismissed for just 55, with D Dovale taking 3-24, Gareth Bricknell top-scoring with 17. Newport weren't going to give up without a fight though, an incredible spell of 4-9 from Payne saw Niton reduced to 11-4 inside the third over. Despite Payne's efforts, 27 wides and 16 not out from Ben Fooks was enough to give Niton a one wicket win after nine overs. Newport's result meant that a big win for East Cowes against Ryde could have taken the title away from them. East Cowes batted first and made 160 from their 12 overs, the middle order of Mark Hartnell (56), Chris Higgins (48) and Chris Parsons (35) piling on the runs, Siby Parackal (2-32) and Stuart Robertson (2-38) taking two wickets each. Ryde started their chase well with the score 82-1 after six overs, Liam Ringer making 24, but 3-26 from Parsons saw Ryde fall to 119-4, needing 42 from just ten deliveries. However, Ryde captain Robertson then smashed seven of the next nine deliveries for six to give Ryde a memorable victory, Robertson finishing on 65 not out in a two wicket win, meaning Newport had definitely won their fourth league title in five years. In the other match in Division 1, Northwood finished fifth despite victory over IW Prison Officers. Nathan Proud (31), Gavin Paddock (30) and James Whitewood (26) all retired as Northwood posted 142-5. Cyrus Dean (29) and Chris Norris (27) started well for IWPO, but 2-18 from Ashley Goldsmith saw them bowled out for 117 inside the final over.

Ventnor remain top of Division 2 with one week of fixtures remaining. 2-12 from Martin Blackman helped restrict Shanklin to just 100, Matt Lambourne top-scoring with 37. Blackman and Ben Attrill then both made 25 not out as Ventnor eased to a five wicket win inside the ninth over. Ryde II are the only other side who can win the league after a huge victory after East Cowes II. Jadon Buckeridge (52*), Dave Buckeridge (30*), Mike Dalloz (29*) and Simon Wratten (27*) all retired as Ryde II finished on a massive 207-2. Ryan Hall then claimed figures of 3-10 as East Cowes II were bowled out for just 46, Mark Manger top-scoring with 15. Northwood II are all but guaranteed a top-three finish after victory over Ryde Cavaliers. Cavaliers were on just 92-4 after ten overs, but some hefty hitting in the final two overs from Harry Roberts (43*) and Dan Walter (34*) saw their score boosted up to 136-4. Despite this, Callum Witham (40*) and Ben Baker (26*) took control of the run chase as Northwood II passed their target for the loss of three wickets with four balls remaining. IW Health Associates claimed their second win of the season as they got the better of Godshill. Don Roe (40) and Lewis Lewis (38*) hit the bulk of the runs as IWHA posted 131-4, Malcolm Gibson the pick of the bowlers with 2-23. Four run outs then saw Godshill bowled out for 86, Ray Winter top-scoring with 18, IWHA winning by 45 runs. Island Bakeries won a close contest with Ryde School in the latter's final game of the season. Richard Robertson was Bakeries' star, hitting 67 not out after early wickets for Freddie Ware (2-37), Bakeries making 146-5. The ever dependable Kyle Blair then made 35 not out but it wasn't enough for Ryde School who ended eight runs short on 138-5.
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