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Ventnor Under 15s Clinch IW Cup

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Ventnor Under 15s won the IW Under 15 Cup Final at Steephill on Thursday in an exciting, if somewhat unexpectedly low scoring affair. Ventnor put Ryde into bat, with the idea of knowing what total they would have to chase, although it looked to be a good track, and Ryde set themselves a target of 140/150.

In only the second over, Ventnor's decision to bowl looked to be a good one, as Marcus Horton bowled one of the Ryde openers with the score on just 3. Horton struck again in his third over, leaving Ryde 29 for 2. Wickets continued to fall steadily, which stopped Ryde from ever finding any momentum, and only Bruno Lambert recorded a score in the twenties, with 23 not out. Twelve year old Ben Attrill helped himself to a couple of wickets for Ventnor, as did Harry Ridley, and although Ryde managed to avoid being bowled out, they limped to 102 for 9 from their alloted 20 overs.

In reply, Ventnor started well with Jadon Buckeridge patiently picking off the bad balls, as Kyle Blair and Akshay Singh bowled with good pace and accuracy. Blair eventually made a breakthrough with Ventnor on 43, but Buckeridge was then joined by the hard hitting Marcus Horton, and the pair added another 43 runs before Buckeridge was brilliantly run out by Jack Curtis for 34. Horton followed two balls later for 23, and with Ventnor's top three batsmen all gone, Ryde suddenly sniffed the chance of an unlikely victory. Despite Ryde's optimism, the Ventnor batsmen held their nerve, and managed to get over the finish line with 19 balls remaining, to deservedly take the cup.

Both teams contributed equally to an enjoyable final played in an excellent spirit.

The IW Colts Committee Chairman Roy George presented the two teams with their medals, and the cup to Ventnor captain George Willis. The Man of the Match awards were presented to Ventnor's Jadon Buckeridge and Ryde's Bruno Lambert.

Ventnor will now go on to represent the IW in the National stages of the ECB competition, starting with an away fixture in Worthing against the Sussex cup winners Chippingdale CC.
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