cricketballThe departure and absence of key players from the first eleven is having an inevitable impact on Ventnor Cricket Club’s second team and Ben Woodhouse’s much weakened side were heavily defeated in the Hampshire League Division 1 encounter at Portchester on Saturday.

On a difficult pitch, Tom Stafford (18), Jacobus Hooneberg (20) and Ben Woodhouse (30) all made starts but an eventual  total of 128 all out from only 31 overs was always going to be hard to defend.

Two early wickets gave the Islanders hope but 73 not out from Barnwell saw them home inside 27 overs.

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Portsmouth & Southsea are the visitors to Steephill on Saturday at 13:00.

ventnorcricketclubsteephillMeanwhile it was a convincing win for Ventnor’s third team.

Ian Hilsum returned to action with unbeaten century as Ventnor’s third team won their Hampshire League Division 4 East fixture with Solent Rangers II by 78 runs at Steephill on Saturday.

The former first team captain, who is having a break from Premier Division cricket, received support from Mark Price (41), Ali Cotton (26) and Dan Cox (29) in a total of 245-6 from 42 overs, a target the visitors never seriously threatened, despite 72 from Koshi.

Ben Attrill, Dan Cox, Hilsum and Charlie Freeston, lending his experience to the side, were all among the wickets as the Rangers reply ended on167 all out.

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The side travel to Gosport Borough on Saturday.

The Under 11s team won their friendly pairs fixture with Ryde by five runs at Steephill on Sunday. The wet weather put paid to Ventnor’s under 15 league game on Monday.

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