NEWPORT SIDE LIFT ISLE OF WIGHT SENIOR CRICKET CUP

Newport won the Isle of Wight Senior Cricket Cup by 93 runs on Saturday in less-than-ideal conditions at Shanklin & Godshill Cricket Club.

The county town side won the toss and captain Tom Dye elected to bat due to the drizzly weather and overcast cloud cover.

Ash Brett – who has discovered some fine form with the bat this season including his maiden hundred for the club – opened the batting with pinch hitter Aaron Hartup. Hartup fell early from a fantastic delivery by Nathan Proud. Gareth Bricknell started brightly but was dismissed when his loose shot was well-caught by Dave Neal off Proud for 11.

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In came the man-of-the-match Ryan Young at 4. His aggressive style took the game away from Northwood as he forged good partnerships with Brett – who fell from a decent catch from Roberts for a respectable 38 – and captain Tom Dye, who batted effortlessly for his 36 before being given out to a dubious lbw decision. Young then upped the run rate hitting many boundaries before Witham took his wicket for a fine knock of 81.

Louis Payne (12), Mike Herbert (4) and Cam Beale (5) then supported veteran Kev Winchcombe, who, with his vital 33 runs towards the end of the innings, saw Newport to 250.

The Newport tail was mopped up superbly with a hat trick and a 5-wicket haul for Northwood’s Nathan Proud.

Newport opening bowlers Louis Payne and Ash Brett started well with Payne picking up the wicket of Boulter (7) caught behind by Winchcombe. The prized wicket was that of Northwood’s new recruit Andy Harris, who again showed his class early on until a fine bit of bowling by Ash Brett trapped him lbw for 18.

The pick of the Newport bowlers was Aaron Hartup, who secured the wickets of Whitham, Proud and Griffiths. Some fantastic fielding from young Bradley Salmon supported Newport’s tight bowling. Liam Roberts then frustrated the Newport bowlers before Bricknell sent him on his way for 26.

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Youngster Cam Beale showed his maturity with his slow left arm picking up the dangerous Dave Neal and captain Ben Baker. Harry Cameron got in on the action too, taking Martin Richard’s wicket with a good catch in the gully from Payne.

A fine 10th wicket stand of 44 courtesy of some great striking from A Hamilton (40 n.o.) saw Northwood to a more respectable score of 157 before Bricknell had Reed caught and bowled to seal the victory for Newport.

The man-of-the-match award was given to Newport’s Ryan Young for his fantastic knock of 81.

Newport’s Skipper Tom Dye dedicated the win to Newport legend Keith Mitchell, who is currently facing health problems.

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Report compiled with the kind assistance of Gareth Bricknell

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