Ryde Win Under 15 Cup
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The Finals Day started with the two semi-finals - Ryde Cavaliers playing Shanklin, and Ryde paired with Northwood. Shanklin batted first in their match and thanks to 40 from Nathan Moore and good support from Ben White (18), they posted a total of 110-6 from their 20 overs. Joe Butcher picked up three wickets for Cavs, with Flynn Powell taking two and Jack Millward bowling extremely tightly, going for just 8 off his 4 overs.
In reply, Cavaliers' opening batsmen, Butcher and Joe Newnham, confidently set about the run chase. Both players reached 49, before Newnham was caught and bowled right at the end, whilst Butcher remained not out as his side won by 9 wickets with a number of overs in hand.
The second semi-final saw Northwood bat first against Ryde, but Northwood lost wickets at regular intervals, which meant that the innings never really got going. The innings closed on 53 for 9, with leg spinner Jajeevan Sriskandarajah returning figures of 3-5, which was matched by left armer, Marcus Otty. Rohan Ramdanny also bowled tightly to record 2-10 off his 4 overs.
Despite Northwood's low total, their bowlers made it hard for Ryde, and Jason Gane picked up three wickets as Ryde lost a total of six batsmen before reaching the target in the twelfth over.
The final saw the two Ryde sides pitched together, just as they will be in the Under 13 final. Ryde won the toss and invited Cavaliers to bat. The decision looked a good one as Ryan Hall dismissed Joe Newnham with the third ball, and despite Joe Butcher going on to make 50, some very tight bowling from Ryde kept the Cavaliers down to 102-4.
Ryde's reply started badly, with the dependable Jack Millward striking in the very first over, and then removing the other opener in the seventh over of the innings with the score on just 22. At the halfway point in the innings, Ryde were on just 36 and finding it impossible to get the Cavaliers' bowlers away. A partnership of 38 between Harry Leggett and Ryan Hall (18) saw Ryde come back into the game, and as it reached the last over, Ryde needed six to win. Leggett reached his 50 on the first ball and was forced to retire, leaving thirteen year old Theo Dalloz the responsibility of coming in to try and find the winning runs. Much to the delight of his team mates, he did exactly that, and Ryde won by 4 wickets with just 1 ball to spare.