A late innings onslaught proved decisive as reigning champions South Wilts ran out winners by 88 runs in Saturday’s ECB Southern Electric Premier Division clash with Ventnor Cricket Club at Newclose, Newport.
At 195-4 (South Wilts skipper Tom Morton 53) with eight overs remaining, Ventnor had fought back well after an untidy start, but a blistering innings of 51 from Australian Ryan Duffield from only 24 deliveries pushed the score to a formidable 263-6. Rob Snell was the pick of the Ventnor bowlers with 2-40 from an impressive ten over stint.
16-year-old Ben Herridge impressed at the top of the Ventnor innings with hard grafted knock of 17 against an impressive attack, but once Australian Sean Willis departed for 21, only Snell with a determined, unbeaten 38 held up the visitors who won in convincing fashion.
Ventnor visit Sarisbury Athletic on Saturday.