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Northwood end Newport's unbeaten run

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18 Jan 2015 Newport's 12-match unbeaten run is over after they were defeated off the very final ball in a pulsating match against Northwood. Northwood batted first and made 162-2, their highest score of the season, with Ashley Goldsmith (39*), Mark Tuckwell (30*) and Gavin Paddock (27*) all retiring. Newport, however, started in positive fashion and were 80-1 at the halfway stage, Martin Blackman (24) the wicket to fall. Nat Riddett (25*) and Louis Payne (25*) then retired as the match seemed to be going right down to the wire. With 23 runs to win from the final over, some quick running from the Newport batsmen saw the match go to the final ball with three runs needed for victory. However, Gareth Bricknell (29) was bowled by Goldsmith with the last delivery to give Northwood a two run win to move them into second place. Northwood are second after Ryde's defeat against East Cowes. 2-9 from Steve Wright and 2-19 from Mark Hartnell saw Ryde crumble to 19-4 from the opening four overs. Liam Ringer (44*) provided resistance in the later overs as Ryde recovered to 113-5. Ringer then showed his form with the ball too as he took 3-25 from his three overs. However, Alan Johns (34*) again proved hard to remove from the crease as East Cowes reached the target with three balls remaining for the loss of four wickets. Island Bakeries gave themselves a slight chance of saving their Division 1 status with a win over fellow relegation strugglers, Niton. Guy Wells (34*) and Lee Stewart (24) top-scored for Niton as they made 111-5, Ellis Ridett taking 2-32. Bakeries appeared to be cruising to victory after they were 62-0 off 4.3 overs, thanks mainly to Ridett (35) and Matt Webb (32*). However, 4-32 from Ben Fooks gave Niton a chance that they were eventually unable to take as Bakeries passed the target with two wickets remaining in the tenth over. Bakeries remain bottom on run rate, with Niton's run rate 0.34 higher.

IW Prison Officers are on the edge of the Division 2 title after battering Newport II with an onslaught of runs. Alex Oliver (52*), Adam Wilson (48*), Neil Westhorpe (33*) and Steve Rowe (25*) all retired as Prison Officers posted a mammoth 207-2 from their 12 overs. Newport II had no answer in reply, Mike Watson (21*) the only batsman in double figures, Steve Rowe with 2-19 as Newport II finished on 68-4. Ryde II remain level on points with IW Prison Officers and will take the title race down to the last weekend after victory over East Cowes II. Jadon Buckeridge (43*), Simon Wratten (28*), Mike Dalloz (25*) and Bruno Lambert (25*) top-scored as Ryde II posted 176-1. East Cowes II finished on 82-3 in reply, Martyn Richards (11) the top scorer. Ryde II will need to hope IW Prison Officers lose to IW Health Associates to have any chance of winning the league due to IW Prison Officers' much superior run rate. Shanklin's chances of promotion are over after losing to Northwood II by 27 runs. Jake Cass (25*) and Callum Witham (23) led the way as Northwood II hit 136-1 from their allocation of overs. Jim Thorn (27*) and James Lucy (23) started well for Shanklin, but 2-24 from Leo Snow stalled their progress and they finished on 109-4. Godshill are back to winning ways after beating IW Health Associates in a thrilling encounter. Karthik Kasubha (27*) and Souvik Sanyal (25*) top-scored for IW Health Associates, who posted 139-2. At 102-5, a Godshill victory looked unlikely, but a wonderful innings from Ray Winter (71*) saw Godshill chase their target with just four balls remaining.
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