Fierce competition for junior cricketing cups

Ryde Royals (U-12 League)

By Ash Goldsmith

The six junior indoor cricket competitions on the Isle of Wight were won by six different teams this winter, with teams from Arreton, Ryde and Ventnor cricket clubs claiming the silverware.

The first trophy was won by Ryde Royals, who won the U-12 League, with five wins from as many games. After close victories over Arreton Hawks, Shanklin & Godshill, Bembridge & St Helens, and Ventnor, the girls then overcame Cowes in the final by 11 runs.

Arreton Buzzards took home the U-14 League title. They reached the final after comfortable wins over Shanklin & Godshill, Bembridge & St Helens B, and Cowes Whites, before a much tighter win over Ventnor Hurricanes. However, they saved their best performance for the final, defeating Ventnor Vipers by a huge 54 runs.

The U-15 Girls’ League went the way of Ventnor, who claimed comfortable victories over Ryde, Arreton Rebels, and Cowes, to top the table.

However, it was the Arreton Rebels who gained revenge in the U-15 Girls’ Cup – a close victory over Ryde in the semi-finals set up a clash with Ventnor in the final. This time the Rebels were victorious by three wickets.

The U-12 Cup went the way of Ventnor – victories over Bembridge & St Helens and Newport saw them up against Cowes in the final – a tight match resulting in a two-wicket win for the Steephill side.

Finally, the U-14 Cup was won by the Ventnor Hurricanes. Six-wicket wins over both Bembridge & St Helens sides set up an all-Ventnor final, the Hurricanes easing to a 62-run win over the Ventnor Vipers.