DEFEATS FOR VENTNOR’S LEAGUE TEAMS AT THE WEEKEND

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ventnorcricketsteephilVentnor Cricket Club’s first team slipped to another defeat at Lymington at the weekend, though not before causing an uncomfortable moment or two for the New Forest club.

Young Dan Cox is adjusting well to the standard of the Premier Division and was the stand out bowler for the visitors, taking 4-44 from an impressive 16 overs as the home team struggled to a three wicket win.

15-year-old Ben Attrill made his Southern League debut and caught the eye with a fluent knock of 29 but an all out total of 155 was always going to be difficult to defend.

The second team rattled up 272 -6 in their Hampshire League Division 1 clash with Andover II but a below par bowling and fielding display saw the visitors win by six wickets.

Ben Woodhouse (50), Mark Fletcher (43), Pierre Kriel (33) gave the innings a solid base before teenagers Tom Leon (66) and Tom Stafford (35) scored late order runs.

Spinners Dave Beven and Dane Douvale initially kept things tight for the hosts but Andover made hay later in the innings to overhaul the target with three overs remaining.

An understrength third team lost by 242 runs at Solent Rangers II in Hampshire League Division 3 South. Set to score a massive 326 to win, the visitors could only manage 83, young Zach Wells unbeaten on 28.

A charity match consisting of around 20 players a side with some enthusiastic backing from spectators made for a unique sight and a great atmosphere at Steephill last Tuesday.

The match was contested between the Crab & Lobster Pub and local hotel ‘No 24’ and in amongst the fun, more than £400 was raised for PATCH (People’s Approach to Cancer Help), a Ventnor charity.

In addition to the money raised for PATCH, the Cricket Club wish to extend grateful thanks to the Crab & Lobster for generously donating £250 towards club funds.

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