Bembridge’s Lee Thompson was man of the match. Picture by Robin Crossley.
BEMBRIDGE were crowned champions of Division 2 of the Harwoods Renault IW League last weekend, after victory over Godshill.
With both sides unbeaten, whoever won the clash would be crowned champions so there was all to play for.
Godshill must have thought they were in with a good chance after Bembridge’s top four batsmen fell cheaply, but a man of the match winning performance from Lee Thompson, hitting 72, steered the visitors back into contention, and the side eventually finished on 170.
Norton Mew was Godshill’s top bowler with 3-23.
In reply, C. Wray was equally dangerous with the ball, taking 3-26, as Godshill missed out by 13 runs, reaching 157 all out.
Openers John Turner (31) and Trevor Mew (37) gave the side a good start but the lower order fell for very few runs, and Bembridge were crowned champions.
Meanwhile, Arreton enjoyed an emphatic victory over Newport II.
After reaching 163, with Souvik Sanyal top-scoring with 45, Glenn Bailey and Simon Keller were lethal with the ball as they helped skittle Newport for just 86.
Bailey took 4-16, while Keller took 4-21. Matt Flambard and D. Xavier were the top scorers with 19 runs each.
Ciaran Saltzer was the star bowler for Northwood II, taking 6-26 as they reduced an out-of-sorts Whitecroft to just 71 all out. Niall Casson took 2-7, while Mark Tuckwell took the remaining wicket. Only two Whitecroft players reached double figures, Matt Fuller leading the way with 14.
In replay, Steve James knocked off the bulk of the runs with 43, with Ben Baker contributing 12.
A terrific knock of 192 from Pete Dickenson saw Ryde III record their best win of the season over Ryde Cavaliers II.
Opener Dickenson was the star of the show, contributing almost two thirds of Ryde’s innings of 313-6.
In reply, a stubborn 59 from Mike Holliday kept Cavaliers’ ticking along but they eventually finished on 213-8.
Freshwater, with only eight players, pulled off a great eight-wicket win over Shanklin II.
Shanklin batted first and got 195-7, Freshwater replying with 196-2. Jason Swain was Freshwater’s top scorer with 68 not out.