cricketballVentnor, enjoying a fine start to their ECB Southern Electric Premier Division campaign, moved into second place in the table after a hard fought four wicket win at Bournemouth on Saturday.

Invited to bat first by Ventnor skipper Ian Hilsum, the struggling home team crashed to 56-5 in the face of impressive new ball spells from Adam Wilson and Mark Holmes who took three and two wickets respectively.

More difficult to dislodge was Bournemouth’s Australian opening batsman Alex Keath, who held the innings together in a fine, unbeaten knock of 116 which included six fours and five sixes.   At the other end, Ollie Mills (2-30) and Travis Head (1-28) made further in-roads before Holmes (4-33) returned to mop up the tail as the Chapel Gate side were dismissed for 184.

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The Islanders’ response began unpromisingly with Mills and James Cheek back in the pavilion with only eight runs on the board and when Head departed for a quick fire 30, a repair job was required. A half century partnership between Chris Ridley (20) and Hilsum (34) got the innings back on track but when their dismissals were quickly followed by Jamie Miller, a fourth win in five games looked a way off at 127-6. However, with 61 runs required from the final eleven overs, a splendid partnership between Neil Westhorpe (44 not out) and Hugh Calloway (22 not out) saw their side home without further loss with three overs remaining.

Ventnor will be looking to take their excellent limited overs form into the all day format which begins with Havant’s visit to Newclose on Saturday. The match starts at 11:30.

Ventnor play host to Hambledon in Sunday’s second round Southern Electric T20 Cup tie at Steephill. The match starts at 3pm.

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