Despite battling performances from Martyn Richards (41) and Chris Earley (27), the Officers final score of 123 all out fell agonisingly short when chasing EPP’s 130-4 (Dan Cox 26 not out, Zeph Wells 31).
EPP have now opened up a 26 point lead at the top as the season moves towards its half way stage.
Shanklin & Godshill 1 secured their third win of the season by chasing down Brading’s 108-5 (Alan Johns 43 not out). It was not out knocks from the Egerton-Read brothers Steve (25) and Seb (27) that took their side home for a 6 wicket win in just 8 overs.
In Div 2, Island Bakeries are the only remaining team to win all their games following their 23 run victory over previously undefeated Ryde School. Although the School bowled well by only conceding a miserly 12 extras, the Bakers amassed a competitive 140-5 with Matt Webb (29), Kieron Annis (39) and Ellis Ridett (27 not out) leading the way. In reply, the School fell short on 117-4 (Dan Cox 30 not out, Ben Attrill 36).
Shanklin & Godshill 2 made it a good evening’s work for the Westhill side by defeating Newport by 5 wickets. Newport’s total of 122-3 was dominated by Mike Watson (33 not out) and Guy Wells (25 not out) but it was not enough as Shanklin & Godshill 2 (124-1) got home easily thanks to undefeated knocks from Joe Newnham (27) and Ray Winter (25). The IW Disablity Team could not hold a rampant Cowes side who scored an impressive 180-1 with not out efforts from Josh Rice (26), Ciaron Saltzer (27), Jack Summers (28), Scott Rice (27) and Martyn Richards (26). The Disability Team’s reply of 108-4 was led by Matt Rice (30 not out) and Becky Jude (20 not out).
The indoor league continues next Sunday (9th):
Div 1: Northwood v Prison Officers (19:00), Brading v Ryde (21:00)
Div 2: Newport v Ryde School (17:00), Shanklin & Godshill 2 v Cowes (18:00), IW Disability Team v Island Bakeries (20:00)