The Isle of Wight’s junior indoor cricket leagues started last week as the U12 and U14s played at Rew Valley Sports Centre, Ventnor.
The first game of the evening pitched Newport and Ryde Rattlers U12s against each other. Newport batted first which saw Sam Mills (26) and Patrick Banks (25) both retire and give Newport a good foundation to develop a challenging total. But Ryde’s bowlers tightened their lines and restricted scoring leaving Newport to finish on 85 after their 12 overs.
The Rattlers made light work of reaching their target of 86 as Harry Everard (27) and Rollo Little (25) took them to the brink of victory with in 6 overs and eventually winning the game by 5 wickets.
The U14 indoor league is new for this year and the first match up was between Porchfield & Island Bakeries and Newport.
Porchfield’s bowling attack made the going tough for the Newport batters, it was only Lee Jones who made a stand and finished on a personal total of 41 as Newport were set a target of 97 to win the game. Oscar Vandercasteele (29) and Rory Allen (26) put on an opening stand of 66 which allowed Tom Flynn to hit the final runs and give Porchfield a 6 wicket win.
The final game of the night saw Ventnor take on the Ryde Cavaliers.
The two Morgan’s, Goulding and Flood ripped through the top 4 batters whilst only giving away 16 runs between them. Ryde Cavaliers did manage to bat out their 12 overs which helped them reach 64. Cavs bowled and fielded their hearts out and made Ventnor earn every run on their way to a 2 wicket win.
Week 2 Fixtures
U12s: Newport v Bembridge (18:00); Ventnor v Ryde Raiders (19:00)
U14s: Ryde v Shanklin (20:00)