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Niton get better of Ryde II despite Buckeridge heroics

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24 Nov 2013 Niton got their first win of the indoor season on Sunday evening as they beat Ryde II despite a brilliant individual performance from Jadon Buckeridge. Niton batted first and made an impressive 175-2 from their 12 overs, with Tom Doble (36*), Ben Fooks (28*) and Guy Wells (25*) all retiring. A Ryde II victory looked unlikely, but Buckeridge hit a massive unbeaten 95 to put his side back into the game. However, Niton were able to hold their nerve and managed to keep Ryde II down to 172-4, a victory by just three runs in a thrilling game. East Cowes continued their 100% record with a 33-run win over Northwood. Alan Johns, Mark Hartnell and Mark Watson all made 27 not out as East Cowes posted 153-1. Rob Holdcroft then took 3-27 and Hartnell 2-23 as Northwood's lower order collapsed, the best efforts of Ashley Goldsmith (42*) and Gavin Paddock (25) in vain as Northwood ended on 120-5. Newport were back to winning ways as they comfortably beat Shanklin by 86 runs. Newport's total was bolstered by Matt Webb (48) and Jack Bartlett (25*) as they made 176-4. Harry Bradley made an unbeaten 29 for Shanklin but they fell way short on 90-4.

In Division 2, Godshill won the top of the table clash with Newport II to continue their 100% start to the campaign. Newport II batted first and made 109-4, Tom Stafford (32*) and Dan Hayward (27*) making an impressive opening partnership of 89, David Winter with 2-22. However, Godshill reached their target for the loss of just one wicket with nine balls to spare, Ray Winter hitting an unbeaten 26, with Steve Thorne 25 not out. IW Health Associates are still searching for their first win after losing to Ryde Cavaliers II by 21 runs. Jack Halder hit 35 not out and Tom Dibben made 22 as Ryde Cavaliers II posted 135-4, Will Pratt with 2-31. IW Health Associates tried their best in the chase, with Raj (26*), Akshay (25*) and Dave Pratt (25*) all retiring but they couldn't quite raise the run rate and ended on 114-2. IW Prison Officers continued their good run of form with a 82-run victory over East Cowes II. Neil Westhorpe (27*), Alex Oliver (26*), John Turner (25*) and Adam Wilson (25*) all pushed IW Prison Officers to an imposing 165-1 in a dominating batting display. Sam McQueen top-scored with 19 in reply, but two wickets from Steve Rowe (2-18) and Westhorpe (2-23) helped to bowl East Cowes II out for 83. Shanklin II were awarded their match as Whitecroft were unable to raise a side.
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