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Ventnor U13s won the Mal Sketchley Memorial Cup by 4 runs in a very exciting encounter with Ryde Cavaliers on Wednesday Evening at Newclose.
The toss was won by Ventnor who chose to bat first. Dan Cox and Zach Wells settled in quickly and look comfortable and got the score board ticking over nicely early on. A change of bowling saw Charlie Bligh take the first wicket of Wells with his first delivery. Ben Attrill came to the crease meaning business and raced to 30 not out and retired. He was quickly followed back to the pavilion by Cox who reached 31. Scoring slowed for a few overs as the two new batters Louis Malkin (26) and Mackenzie Wright (16no) saw off the tight bowling of Niall Powell (0-14) before they got into their stride and got the score board moving along again. Malkin was eventually caught in the covers trying to hit out which brought Peter Wright to the middle to finish off the inning with his sister and setting a target of 132 for Ryde Cavaliers to chase.

Ryde Cavaliers looked to be positive from the start by looking to take as many quick singles as possible when they got the chance as Ventnor opening bowlers Ben Attrill (1-14) and Zeph Wells both kept it tight. The first wicket fell to a fantastic diving catch from Zach Wells behind the stumps of the bowling of Attrill. Joe Nancott (30no) started to open up his shoulders and hit a number of boundaries and was well supported by Charlie Bligh (20) who continued to look to rotate the strike with some excellent running between the wickets.

Ryde Cavs were left needing 50 off the last 5 overs and with a little help from the Ventnorís bowlers and some excellent batting from Flynn Powell who had to retire at the wrong time for Cavs with his 31 not out only require 9 off the last over. Ventnorís man of the match ben Attrill returned to bowl the last over and kept it tight, meaning that Ryde Cavs required 5 to win from the last ball which was just too much to ask of Niall Powell who had just come to the crease, as he was run out of the final ball.

Ventnor will know go on to represent the Island in the regional finals at Horsham CC on the 29th July where they will take on Guildford CC.
The umpires awarded Ben Attrill (30no & 1-14) and Flynn Powell (31no) the men of the match awards.
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