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Ryde U15s Beat Hampshire Champs & Advance In ECB Championship

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Having won the IW U15s Cup a fortnight ago, Ryde travelled to Hook on Sunday to represent the island, and take on Hampshire champions Hook & Newnham Basics in the first round of the ECB National Club Championship.

Ryde lost the toss but were not disappointed when they were subsequently invited to bat on a very good looking track. H&N opened the bowling with off spinner Liam Doran; who the previous day had bowled extremely tightly against Ventnor IIs in a Hampshire County Div 1 match at Steephill. Unfortunately for Doran, it was to be a different story this time around, with each of his first five balls struck to the boundary by Ryde opener Harry Gadd, who was determined to show his intent. Not to be outdone, Ryde's other opening batsman, Gabe Broadhurst, set about the Hook bowling with much the same intent, and by the eleventh over, both batsman had reached their 50s and retired with the score at 103.

Keeping up such a scoring rate was always going to be a hard task, but cameo roles by Harry Hoolahan (34) and Ryan Hall (18 not out) saw Ryde finish their allotted 20 overs on a credible 169-3.

Hook knew that they had to keep the scoreboard ticking if they were to have any chance of reaching their target, but disaster struck for them in the very first over, as Ryde skipper Jamie Woodward took a good catch off the bowling of Hoolahan. Woodward then removed the Hook skipper with a great yorker and Hoolahan did the same to remove the number 3. With the score at 29-3 off 6, it was always going to be an uphill struggle for H&N to get back in the game, but a quick fire 51 by wicket keeper Matt Taylor gave his side an element of hope, although Hall (2-30) made sure that no one was able to stay with him.

The Hook innings eventually came to a close 15 runs short, with Ryde able to use eight different bowlers. Ryde wicket keeper, Kieran Dingsdale put in a superb display, conceding just one bye in the whole innings.

Ryde will now travel to Parley in a fortnight's time to take on the Dorset champions, with the winners of that encounter going on to Millfield at the end of the month for the South & West of England Finals.

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