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Ventnor Battle To Victory

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The final of the Under 13 Spirit of Cricket Cup Final was finally played last week, after a number of cancellations due to the weather. Fantastic work throughout the day by the Ventnor ground staff meant that the game between Ventnor and Ryde started on time, and the full twenty overs per side were bowled.

Ventnor won the toss, and chose to bat first. This looked to be a good decision as the slow, damp pitch offered nothing to the bowlers, and Ventnor openers Ross Whyte and Marcus Horton batted very maturely to reach 31 not out and 30 not out respectively, which meant that they had to retire. The run rate slowed down after this, and Ryde were able to pick up a couple of wickets, before the innings closed on a score of 114 for 2 after the allocated twenty overs. It was hard to know if this would be enough runs, but when Marcus Horton took a wicket with the very first ball of the Ryde innings, it was Ventnor who looked in the driving seat. Ryde were not defeated yet however, and skipper Ben Baker, 31 not out, and Joe Martin 32, put on a sixty plus partnership to set up a run chase.

Unfortunately for Ryde, both Baker and Martin retired at the same time, and with wickets falling at regular intervals, the match slid out of their grasp. George Wilis was the pick of the Ventnor bowlers with 2 for 10, while the impressive Horton recorded 2 for 18.

Ventnor eventually won by a comfortable 24 runs, and captain Ross Whyte lifted the cup while Ryde's Ben Baker received the man of the match award.
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