Isle of Wight Cricket

Ventnor win Indoor Division 2

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31 Jan 2016 Ventnor claimed the Indoor Division 2 title on Sunday evening after a ninth victory from their ten games. Ventnor made 156-4 from their 12 overs, with Martin Blackman (37*) and Tom Stafford (28*) top-scoring. However, Ventnor were twitchy halfway through the run chase with Godshill on 78-2 after some hefty blows from Phil Mew (30). Despite this, the run rate dropped and wickets began to fall, Godshill eventually ending on 133-5 despite a huge 61 wides. Ryde II's win over third-placed Northwood II was in vain but guaranteed them finishing second. Jadon Buckeridge (33*) and Simon Wratten (28*) both retired as Ryde II posted 157-4. Callum Witham (34*) and Ben Baker (25*) did all they could in reply, but 2-38 from Wratten saw Northwood II end short on 119-3.

Shanklin finished in fourth position after victory over Ryde Cavaliers. Matt Walter (26*) and Harry Roberts (24) started well for Cavaliers, but the middle order was unable to pick up the run rate as they finished on 120-4. Matt Lambourne and Callum Wright then both made an unbeaten 26 as Shanklin cruised home for the loss of one wicket in the tenth over. Island Bakeries ended their season with a crushing win over East Cowes II to finish in sixth position. Sam Richards (57*), Richard Robertson (35) and Murray Jones (28) all punished the East Cowes II bowlers as they hit 170-4 from their 12 overs, Pete Holdcroft with 2-35. Josh Jones (16) then top-scored for East Cowes II in their chase, Mark Flower (3-11) and Steve Lewis (2-22) taking five wickets between them, East Cowes II all out for 72. Newport II leapfrogged Ryde School and East Cowes II into eighth position after victory over bottom side IW Health Associates. The opening combination of Ollie McArthur (54*) and Mike Watson (49*) piled on the runs as Newport II made 155-4, David Hands (3-39) the pick of the bowlers. Hands and Don Roe then made 21 apiece, but 3-10 from Paul Attrill saw IWHA bowled out for just 67. Thanks go to all teams and players who played during the season as well as the volunteers who umpired and scored matches this winter.
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