Cloudy cricket comeback

Early wicket for Cowes with Robert Scragg behind stumps

Ventnor 2nd XI overcame Northwood by 125 runs in cloudy conditions.

Jack Powell hit 56 not out, Toby Noyes 48, opener Mark Fletcher 38, and Ollie Morgan 31 as Ventnor reached 217-5. Northwood’s Nathan Goldsmith took 2-36, with Sam Blaize, John Jones and Max Rivlin also getting wickets.

Northwood’s reply was slow, with Max Rivlin top-scoring with 18, as they reached 92 all out in the 40th and final over; Ventnor’s Tom Southcott took three wickets, with Toby Noyes and Sam Read finding two each.

Mark Fletcher & Toby Noyes batting for Ventnor

Cowes, in a pre-season match with tourists, Wheathampstead, lost by 114 runs, with Ash Goldsmith scoring 37 runs out of 92 all out.

Saturday sees home games for Newport (v Shanklin & Godshill II), St Helens (v Northwood) and Ventnor III (v Freshwater) in IW Division One. In Division Two the home sides are Northwood II (v Ventnor IV) and Shanklin III (v Newport II).

Ventnor I travel to Calmore Sports, Ryde welcome Compton & Chandlers Ford, with Shanklin & Godshill home to Portsmouth & Southsea.