Isle of Wight Cricket

Sandown Academy Clinch Both Indoor Titles

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Sandown Bay Academy won both the U12 and U13 Boys trophies at the Isle of Wight Schools Indoor Cricket Finals at Cowes EC. In both finals Sandown beat Christ the King College but the U12 Final was a very close affair going down to the last ball of the 12 over-a-side game.

Christ the King’s U12s set a total of 105-4, Louis Malkin compiling an assured 34no, though a large number of wides from Sandown’s bowlers inflated the total. Christ the King’s bowlers were equally generous and this allowed Sandown to reach 101-4 needing just 5 off the last over, despite losing 2 wickets in two balls to Alex Breach, including a stunning caught and bowled. But with only 2 scored off the first five balls, Sandown had to scramble 3 from the last ball to scrape home at 106-4 for a 2 wicket win.

Sandown’s U13 victory was more decisive. Sandown totalled 107-4 in 12 overs, Joe Butcher making 28, Ben White 13 and John Buckman 11. Christ the King’s opening pair of Louis Malkin (21) and Zac Wells (31) threatened that total but once they were separated Christ the King’s batting fell away to 85 all out, leaving Sandown victors by 22 runs.

The trophies were presented by Stuart Chatfield, the Island’s Cricket Development Manager, who organised the coaching of U12s and 13s in all the Island’s Secondary Schools leading up to this competition through the Chance 2 Shine Initiative.
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