Week 7 Press report, Sandrock services indoor cricket league.

Bembridge 127-5 beat Young Cavaliers 124-4 by one wicket

Ryde Youth 124-4 between Wootton 92-4 by 32 runs

Cask & Crispin 121-5 beat Arreton 120-2 by one wicket

Freshwater 146-4 beat Binstead Royals 130-5 by 16 runs

The meeting of league leaders, Bembridge, and their nearest rivals, Young Cavaliers, produced some exciting cricket, and the outcome was decided on the final ball of the match. The Cavaliers batted first, and the cornerstone of their score of 124-4 was a fine innings of 52 not out by Andy Loudon. In chasing their target, Bembridge lost wickets regularly, but a steadfast innings by Lee Thompson (47 not out) guided his team to a one wicket victory in a tense finale.

Ryde Colts moved into second place in the league with an emphatic 32 run win against a lacklustre Wootton side. The Colts’ innings total of 124-4 owed much to an unbroken fifth wicket stand between Andy Davis and Callum Miller. Davis then captured 3 wickets as the Wootton reply foundered. Mike Holliday scored 32 not out, but received little support and his team’s fate was decided well before the final overs were bowled.

Freshwater, after an indifferent start to the season, have joined the leading group almost surrepticiously. A solid opening partnership between Graham Gosden (36 not out) and Jason Swain (25 not out) was the lynchpin of an impressive innings score of 146-4 against Binstead Royals. To their credit, the Royals batted with positive intent. Opener, Barry Lloyd scored 27, and only when Chris Hebberd (37) was dimissed, did their challenge subside.

In another close game, Cask & Crispins defeated Arreton by one wicket. Arreton found scoring difficult, but benefited from some erratic bowling as 43 runs were conceded in wides. Chasing 121 for victory, the Crispin soon found themselves in trouble, with openers Chris Ash and Owain Hooper being dismissed cheaply. But they were rescued by a sensible innings of 41 not out by Robin Price and passed the finishing line with one wicket and three balls to spare.

Graham Gosden

Graham Gosden

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