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Niton win Indoor Cup

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Niton claimed the Harwoods Renault Indoor Cup at Fairway Sports Complex last Sunday with a comprehensive win over favourites Ryde I in the final. Niton batted first and despite suffering an early upset, losing opener Joby Wells with just 8 runs on the board, went on to post a competitive 127-5, Guy Wells (34no) and Tom Doble (40) inflicting most of the damage. Ryde’s reply started brightly, matching Niton’s run-rate in the first half of the innings leaving the match well poised, despite the loss of 3 wickets. However, Ryde’s hope were soon in tatters as Guy Wells took a brace with the last two balls of the seventh over, and when Wells picked up Lawrence Tolfrey’s wicket to complete his hat-trick with the first ball of the ninth over the Niton celebrations began in earnest. Man of the match was shared between Guy Wells (3-7) and Tom Doble, who had a hand in the fall of all six Ryde wickets (2-31, 4 catches).

Earlier in the evening both Niton and Ryde had booked their final berths winning low scoring semi-finals against GKN and Ryde Cavaliers I respectively. In the first semi-final Niton were pegged back after a fast start, only Tom Doble (29) impressing with the bat as the innings ended early on 89 all out. However, GKN’s batsmen struggled to get established at the crease, despite assistance from some wayward Niton bowling, and with wickets falling regularly only D Cox (21) offered any resistance as the chase ended 21 runs short with overs to spare. Joby Wells was the highlight of the Niton bowling, taking 2-12 despite dislocating a finger early in proceedings. In the second semi-final Ryde Cavaliers could not capitalise on a solid start, Chris Higgins (28no) and Tommy Barton’s hard hitting 20 the bright spots, adding only 8 runs in the last two overs to set Ryde a total of 96 to win. However, Cavaliers’ hopes of emulating Niton and defending a low score received an early boost as Harry Bradley (3-12) picked up two Ryde wickets in the second over, but steady batting from Lawrence Tolfrey (35no) assisted by Jamie Icke (21) was enough to see Ryde home with 5 balls and 2 wickets to spare.

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