cricketballVentnor’s second team’s unbeaten start to the season in Hampshire League Division 1 ended at Ellingham on Saturday, the clash at Picket Post resulting in a five wicket win for the home team.

Ventnor were asked to bat first on a rain affected pitch and it was Pierre Kriel who led the way with a splendid century on his Hampshire League debut. The left hander from Cape Town struck ten fours and six sixes in a fine knock of 108 from 104 deliveries and with Martin Blackman (49) and skipper Ben Woodhouse (34) contributing important middle order runs, a score of 249 was posted.

George Willis and Barney Tyler made early breakthroughs for the visitors before a lack of bowling depth turned the match Ellingham’s way with Mark Burrett’s fine hundred proving decisive. The skipper hit twenty boundaries in an excellent innings of 110 to lead his side to victory with six overs remaining.

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Ropley are the visitors to Steephill on Saturday at 13:00.

Meanwhile, Newport ran out comfortable five wicket winners in Saturday’s Island League Division One game at Steephill.

Strengthened by the inclusion of several first teamers, Ventnor batted first but were frustrated by an accurate Newport attack with Gareth Brickell the pick, the seamer finishing with 4-31. James Cheek (48) and Mark Price (32) top scored for the Steephill side.

Consistent scoring down the order meant Newport were able to polish off the target inside 30 overs, Tom Dye unbeaten on 32. Adam Wilson took 3-32 for Ventnor.

Unfortunately, Ventnor’s scheduled game with Alton at Newclose on Saturday was a victim of the early morning storm with no play possible.

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Mark Holmes’ side have played just two ECB Premier Division games this season and none at Newclose because of the weather. With both games ending in defeat, the Islanders sit just one place off the bottom of the division.

The team travel to Bashley on Saturday for an all day encounter which starts at 11:30.

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