A repeat of last year’s cup final is in store this coming Sunday (28th October) when Ryde and the Cricket Board’s EPP side meet in the semi-finals of the Leslies Motors Indoor Cup.
In their quarter-final last week Ryde made easy work by beating Shanklin/Godshill II. Thanks to Frank Gumley’s 3-19, Ryde bowled out their opponents for just 44 and openers Dave Pratt and Mark Oatley took just 5 overs to secure Ryde’s 6 wicket win.
In contrast, EPP were made to fight all the way to get past Brading who had batted steadily in posting 134-2 (Alan Johns 26 not out, Chris Higgins 25 not out). Mainly thanks to Mark Hartnell (3-33), EPP lost wickets regularly to put Brading well on course for victory until Zeph Wells (26 not out), ably supported by his brother Zac, held firm to hit the winning runs in the last over with just one wicket to spare.
Earlier in the evening Ryde School (84-2) booked their semi-final place by beating Cowes (82-6). The school’s Ben Attrill hit 25 not out and Will Mew took 2-17.
Ryde School’s opponents will be Island Bakeries (147-2) who overcame Shanklin/Godshill I (147-5) in an enthralling game that ended with the scores level, but it was the Bakers who edged through thanks to losing fewer wickets. Bakeries’ score was dominated by not out scores from Ellis Ridett (26) and Tom Wells (28), but this was matched by a great knock of 42 from Shanklin/Godshill’s Seb Egerton-Read. Needing just 6 to win from the last over Bakeries’ Matt Stafford conceded just 5 runs to keep the scores level and put his side through.
The Leslies Motors Indoor Cup will conclude at the Winder Centre (Cowes Enterprise College) this Sunday with semi-finals between Ryde School and Island Bakeries at 18:00 and Ryde taking on EPP at 19:00. The Cup Final will follow at 20:30.