Tons of runs in the summer sun in this week’s cricket

Northwood on way to 219 against Ventnor

Highlights of the day included a match-winning ton from Ventnor skipper, Ben Woodhouse, Matt Webb hitting a century for a disappointed Ryde, and five-wicket bowling displays from Archie Lucy and Stephen Keates.

Premier & Hampshire Leagues

With a maiden century from Ventnor, opener and skipper Woodhouse led his side to a dramatic victory at home against Totton & Eling, in Southern Premier Division One, with his innings including four sixes and 13 fours off 91 balls.

Batting first, the visitors were reduced to 110-7, due to the bowling of George Watts (3-11), Dineth Thimodya (3-16) and Ollie Morgan (2-34), but a dogged tail-end saw Totton reach 180 all out.

In reply, Ventnor’s opening partnership of Thimodya and Woodhouse scored 50. With wickets falling at regular intervals, the match moved nervously to a conclusion with Morgan (12 not out), and 15-year-old Thomas Southcott (5 not out), sharing a 19-run last wicket partnership to reach 183-9 in the 33rd over and secure the win.

In Hants Division One, Ryde lost by 40 runs away at Burridge, who scored 225-8 batting first, with Tom Durman taking 5-40. In reply, Jack Summers’ half-century, and Ben Gregory’s unbeaten 73, was not enough, as the Islanders reached 185-9 off 45 overs, claiming eight bowling and batting points.

Ventnor 2nd XI top Division Three, after a close 10-run win away at Totton & Eling, with the Islanders scoring 206-9, including 33 from opener, Mark Fletcher, Jack Powell’s 37, and a vital 64 from Neil Westhorpe.

Ventnor’s bowlers limited the reply to 50-6, but a charge by the late-order batters kept the match on a knife edge, with Archie Lucy taking 5-49, Sam Read 3-41, and a wicket apiece for Toby Noyes and Charlie Turpin, who clean-bowled the visitors’ top scorer, and won by 10 runs.

Shanklin & Godshill lost by 64 runs away at Emsworth, who set a target of 159 all out, with brothers, Ben and Jack White, taking 3 wickets each. In reply, the Islanders lost wickets at regular intervals, with only opener, Olly Niemiec (22), and skipper, Ben White (20), reaching double figures, as Shanklin were all out for 95 in the 34th over.

In Division Four, mid-table Ryde 2nd XI will be disappointed to lose by six wickets at home to Gosport Challengers, with middle-order, and player-of-the-match, local teacher, Matt Webb, hitting a ‘classy’ century, helped by George Griffith (36) and Jerin Jose (34 not out) to set a target of 218-8. The visitors reached 221-4 with nine overs to spare, with Webb, Jerin Jose, Alex Barton and Kensei Parker taking a wicket each.

Isle of Wight Leagues

In Division One, leaders Newport beat St Helens by 124 runs, with Newport scoring 275-2 off 40 overs. Grant Richardson hit an unbeaten 110, with skipper, Tom Dye, adding 35 not out, and Kev Winchcombe retiring on 53. Opposing skipper, Rob Holdcroft, scored an unbeaten 62 as he ran out of partners, for St Helens to be bowled out for 151 in the 32nd over, with Glenn Lovegrove and Max Poynter taking three wickets apiece.

Northwood won by 104 runs at home to Ventnor III, with brothers, Gary Cooper (82) and Kevin Cooper (73), helping the side reach 264-9, with Ben Fry and Jack Gibbs taking three wickets each. In reply, Stephen Keates took 5-35 to limit Ventnor to 160 all out, with Morgan Perrin scoring top with 52.

In Division Two, leaders, Newport 2nd XI, won by 154 runs away at Shanklin 3rd, after setting 234-7, including 43 from Paul Attrill and 38 from James Haydon, with Shanklin all out for 80 in reply.

Northwood 2nd XI won by 19 runs away at Ventnor VI, after being all out for 218 with one ball remaining, with Ben Baker top scoring with 57, and Ventnor’s Harry Charlesworth taking 4-22. A youthful Ventnor saw Nick Dobson (49), Adam Goulding (30), Wilf Sutton (46) and Souvak Sanyal (27) contributing to a total of 199 all out and falling 19 runs short, with Max Rivlin taking three wickets.

Youth Leagues

Ventnor Hurricanes won their Island Cup final against Ryde Rattlers by nine wickets, with Rafe Hawkins (3-8), Oscar Purser (2-8), Thomas Southcott (2-12) and Ben Fry (2-0) in fine form with the ball, to dismiss their opponents for 32. Fry and Southcott reached their target in five overs. They now travel to Burridge, in the South & West Group, to take on the Hampshire winners.

In the U-13 league, Newport won away at Bembridge, with Drew Catania scoring 17 from a total of 78-4. Shanklin & Godshill won away at Cowes, and Ryde Ridgebacks won by a single wicket against Arreton Eagles.


Tomorrow (Saturday), Ventnor travel to Waterlooville, and Ryde welcome Alton. Shanklin & Godshill are home to Totton & Eling, with Ventnor II home to Waterlooville II, and Ryde II away at Southampton Tuskers.

Island matches see Newport home to Northwood, St Helens welcome Freshwater, and Ventnor III entertaining Shanklin II in the Senior Cup.

In the Fred Winter Cup, Northwood II face Newport II and Shanklin & Godshill III face Cowes.