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Niton go top after first matches

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11 Nov 2012 Niton are the early leaders of the Harwoods Renault Indoor League after a huge win over newly promoted Whitecroft. Niton posted 155-3 from their 12 overs, Tom Doble top scored with 34 not out and was ably supported by Joby Wells (31*) and Tom Wells (27*). In reply, no Whitecroft batsman could reach double figures and they were bowled out for just 32, Joby Wells taking 2-7 for Niton who came out as winners by 123 runs. Newport are second after they proved to be too strong for Ryde again. Ryde batted first and some quick late runs helped them on to 131-3, Rob Hobbs hitting 41 not out and Lawrence Tolfrey adding 27 not out. Newport started quickly however and despite two early wickets were always up with the run rate. Tom Dye hit 34 not out, Harris Payne 28 not out and Ash Brett 22 as Newport passed the target after 11 overs for the loss of three wickets.

Ventnor were pushed all the way by Northwood in the match of the night at Sandown. Northwood batted first and after openers, Ashley Goldsmith (28*) and Gavin Paddock (25*) retired, the lower order of Mark Tuckwell (20*) and Jon Goldsmith (20) accelerated and pushed Northwood on to 139-3, Hugh Calloway taking 2-36 for Ventnor. Ben Baker (2-45) took two early wickets for Northwood, but 32 not out from David Beven and 23 from Josh Franklin turned the game Ventnor's way. Kevin Cooper also added 20 not out as Ventnor reached the total off the very last ball with two wickets remaining. GKN also came out as winners after a close contest with Ryde Cavaliers. The ever reliable Alan Johns made 32 as GKN ended on 126-5, Marc Allen doing most of the damage for Cavaliers with 2-31. However, early wickets were the downfall of Cavaliers who struggled to recover from their poor start. Grant Richardson (22) and Chris Higgins (21) gave them hope but they fell short on 112-5, Mark Hartnell taking 2-25 for GKN, who won by 14 runs.
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