cricketstumpVentnor’s ECB Southern Electric Premier Division clash with Totton & Eling ended in a ‘winning draw’ in favour of the Islanders at Newclose on Saturday.

On a hot and sunny morning, skipper Ian Hilsum took first use of a good looking pitch and saw openers Ollie Mills (45) and Jake George (33) give their side a 67 run start before the latter nicked a catch behind.

Australia under 19 international Travis Head carried on the good work – his knock of 53 included ten fours – before a mid-innings wobble saw them slip to 162-6.  The innings was steadied by the seventh  wicket pairing of Chris Ridley and Rob Snell who led a recovery to 259-8 from 64 overs, Snell making 24 and Ridley an invaluable 46 not out with further late order assistance from Adam Wilson (11 not out).

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An impressive new ball spell from Wilson took out three of the visitors’ top four before Snell clean bowled Beresford for 22. At 110-5, the home team seemed set for a first victory in three games but knocks of 79 from Haggaty and 51 from Bungay, coupled with two dropped catches, denied Ian Hilsum’s side as the Eels survived on 214-8.

Nevertheless, Ventnor picked up 16 points to retain second place and keep in touch with leaders South Wilts who were held to a draw by bottom club Bournemouth.

Ventnor travel to Winchester based St Cross Symondians on Saturday as the all-day format continues.

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