Ventnor Retains County Press Cup
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Making their first appreance at the finals day, Porchfield & Island Bakeries battled hard for runs against the Ryde's attack, as Joe Shaw, Alfie Snow and Alex Hughes all bowled tight spells to keep the score in check. The only batter to make an really impact was Oscar Vandercasteele who played some beautiful shots to reach the retirement score of 25. Max Bushby-Harris (26) and his teammates Ollie Lacey & Charlie Hayward made short work of reaching their target of 73 to move Ryde into the final.
The other semi final was a classic last ball incounter between Newport and Ventnor. Newport batted first with Aryan Singh (27) showing some great patience to see of the early couple of overs from Will Mew (0-13) and eventually retired on 27. He efforts were backed up by his team mates as Joe Shaw also retired with 26 to his name. Tom Southcott was the pick of the Ventnor Bowler as he picked up three wickets and finished with 3-19. Ryde setting a final total of 111.
Ventnor's openner Rolo Little (15) was positive from the start hitting a couple of boundaries early on. Aston Harper (1) was the first wicket to fall to Ryde's openner Brad (1-15). Will Mew hit a quick fire 26 and retired which led to Zack Hawkins coming to the crease who was removed by Alex Hughes (1-18) for 8. Arlo Lynwode kept the score ticking along and score a vitual 18 until he was removed by Singh. Sam Mills (10no) and Rafe Hawkins (9) took all the bye chances on offer and dragged Ventnor closer to the target. Hawkins was removed by Alfie Snow who finished with 2-11 from his three overs but some great running between the wicket by Mills and Southcott left the game in the balance with Ventnor requiring 1 of the last ball to win. The ball by Singh was missed but Mills raced to the other end to snatch victory for Ventnor and a place in the final.n
Ventnor won the toss and put Ryde into bat. Will Mew blow the game apart by taking a double wicket mainden in his first over, removing Ollie Lacey and Charlie Hayward. Max Bushby-Harris looked to get Ryde back into the game by hitting a magnificant 6 behind square of the bowling of Zach Hawkins. But it was Hawkings who had the last laugh by removing Bushby-Harris for 10 in the next over. Tom Roland was Mew's final wicket leaving him with figures of 2-3 from his 2 overs. The only resistance to the Ventnor attack was from Meadows who finished not out for 11. But he could do nothing as Parker, Oakley and Lawreance were removed by Lynwode, Cheeseman and Stonecott respectivily, leaving a final total of 49 all out from Ryde.
Ryde made a good start in defending the total as Lacey removed Little for 2. That brought the dangerours Mew to the crease who got the scoreboard moving towards the target with a 4 from his first bowl. Harper went in the fourth over as Hayward (1-16) bowled him for 5. Zack Hawkings joined Mew at the crease and they played sensibly moving the score towards the required 50 until Hawkins finishing the game with a massive six to win the game in the 7 over and retain the cup for the second year.