A fine opening partnership of 120 between Ben Duggan who made an impressive 85 and Ben Herridge (48) provided an excellent base as Ventnor pursued Bashley’s total of 277-7 in the British Gas Southern League Premier Division clash last Saturday (20th August).
Unfortunately, once they departed, only Toby Corbin with 34 made a contribution and the innings subsided to 204 all out. Earlier, George Willis was the pick of the Ventnor bowlers with 3-29 while Chris Vaughan hit 107 for the home side.
Meanwhile Ventnor’s second team won their third consecutive match to secure their Hampshire League Division 1 status with a 49 run victory over New Milton II at Steephill on Saturday (20th Auguat).
Pierre Kriel was the outstanding performer, hitting a blistering, boundary strewn century before departing for splendid 120. Skipper Martin Blackman (61), Tom Leon (40) and Ross Whyte (26) continued in positive vein to lift their side to a challenging total of 294.
The visitors replied in spirited fashion, Arnold hitting an unbeaten 90, but Ventnor ran out comfortable winners, restricting the New Forest side to 245-4.
The third team’s Hampshire League Regional Division 3 South match at Railway Triangle II was called off after heavy morning rain in Portsmouth.
JOHN HILSUM, BEM
The funeral of the Club’s much missed Chairman will take place at St Catherine’s Church, Church Street, Ventnor on Thursday 1st September at 13:00.
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