INDOOR CRICKETGKN’S second string gained ultimate bragging rights by beating their first-team counterparts in Division 1 of the Harwoods Renault Indoor League last Sunday.
Batting first GKN II shook off the loss of three early wickets to post a competitive 116, Steve Wright (43) and Rich Chamberlain (27) leading the way.
In reply, GKN started quickly but the economic Rob Holdcroft (1-11) slowed the pace. And when they lost Liam Ringer (46) in the last over, last man Whorwood needed three runs from the last ball. Instead a dot ball gained victory for GKN II.
Ryde Cavaliers pushed Ventnor hard in another close finish, Cavaliers openers Dan Keller (45) and Chris Higgins (23) instrumental in posting 138 all out, a total Ventnor chased down with a wicket to spare, opener Martin Blackman (40 not out) scoring the winning runs off the penultimate ball.
Niton and Ryde repeated last month’s cup final, Ryde’s hopes of revenge were quickly dented as Tom Doble (36) and Joby Wells (33 not out) pushed Niton to 121-5. In reply, Ryde struggled to find the runs and, despite 60 extras, finished on 103-3.
SVYC secured a big win over Island Bakeries, with Nat Riddett (46 not out) and Andy White (27) helping them to 124-5.
Bakeries started well in reply but the loss of opener Sam Richards (11) sparked a collapse, leaving Tony Cook (30 not out) without support as the innings finished on 85-5.
In Division 2 at Ryde Sports Centre, Whitecroft opened their campaign with a over Newport II, quickly chasing down Newport’s 92-3 with five wickets to spare (Matt Fuller 27 not out).
Ryde II bowled out a depleted IW Prison Officers side for just 43, a total that posed no challenge for Ryde.
Finally, Ryde Cavaliers Veterans posted a steady innings to finish on 125-1 (Jack Halder 28 not out, Ian Walter 25 not out) against the IW Health Associates, who were all out for just 49.
A star turn with bat and ball from Owain Hooper helped Cask & Crispin beat former Sandrock leaders Young Cavaliers on Sunday.
Hooper hit an unbeaten 50 in his side’s total of 132-4, before collecting four wickets as Cavaliers collapsed to 82 all out.
An opening partnership of 60 between Harry Bradley and Dan Keller gave the Cavaliers a fine start but Hooper’s attack proved pivotal.
After Cavaliers’ defeat, Bembridge returned to the top with a 53-run win over Ryde CC Colts.
Colts were once again effective with the ball, dismissing Bembridge for just 108 (Lee Thompson 31 not out). But when Colts started badly there was no going back, especially with Mano Obeysekere (3-13) in Bembridge’s armoury.
Wootton’s poor season continued with a demoralising defeat to Freshwater. After bowling them out for just 41 (Joel Farrell 2-5), Freshwater knocked off the runs inside five overs.
Binstead Royals made it three wins in four games, beating the erratic Arreton.
Royals started slowly but a good partnership between Dave and Barry Lloyd allowed them to add 90 runs in the last six overs. Arreton, chasing 133, were 23 all out. Chris Hebberd, who had earlier contributed 26 runs, completed an excellent day taking 4-6.