New format for weekend cricket kicks in
The Standard Bank Cain League opens on Saturday. Due to its importance, the Islandís top Twenty20 Division is switching to the week-end from its usual Tuesday evening slot.
Clubs will play each other home and away with two points going to the winning side. Games go ahead under ICC rules, including the use of the Duckworth-Lewis system in the case of bad weather. The matches start at 2pm and should provide good entertainment for spectators.
The maximum number of overs for a bowler in the Cain is four. That means teams need at least five good bowlers and strength in depth is going to be key. Also aggressive batsmen and good running between the wickets will play a major part.
Ramsey claim to have these skills and hope to return to winning ways when they travel to Crosby. Recently they have seen their Premiership title hopes fade and last week they were knocked out of the Tinker Cup by Valkyres.
Skipper Ollie Webster will be the player to watch against a Marown side which might struggle in the bowling department.
Many southern fans are tipping Castletown for the Cain title. In Gareth Morris they have one of the top bats on the Island and all-rounder Mark Williams should make a big impact.
Cronkbourne and Valkyres meet in a local derby at Tromode. The rains of the past few days should lead to a very heavy outfield. Expect the bowlers to exploit the conditions in what could be a low scoring match.
On Sunday Valkyres return to Premiership duty when they go to King Williams College. A win for the Douglas team will put them top of the table, one point ahead of Cronkbourne and with a game in hand. Castletown will provide stern opposition and the result could be close
Standard Bank Forrester Division Two
Crosby B 114 for 7 (Harry Rothwell 33, Floris Venter 31 : Martyn Oates 3 -18, Tom Gascoigne 2 -9); Peel B 77 (Tom Gascoigne 29, Matt Wozniak 22 : Jamie Brown 4 -7, Dave Picken 2 -13). Crosby won by 37 runs.
Crosby B 105 for 9 (Martyn Oates 33, Jamie Brown 19 : Jeff Butler 3 -33, Richard Jackson 2 -12); Castletown B 104 for 7 (Dave Griffiths 34, I Blackhurst 34no : Stu Morris 3 -28, Joe Rothwell 1 -15). Crosby won by one run.
Union Mills 149 for 6 (Chris Nash 39no, Richard Taylor 25 : Dan Williams 3 -36, James Harrison 2 -29); Cronkbourne B 123 (Andy Vels 46, Mike Hebden 36 : Steve Lyon 2 -11, Richard Taylor 2 -12). Union Mills won by 26 runs.
Union Mills 125 (Richard Taylor 35, Chris Nash 34 : Chris McConnell 4 -14, Shaun Kelly 2 -19); Ramsey B 105 for 5 (Tom Howard 37, Paul Margraves 34 : Eddie Clague 2 -8,Bruce Wagstaff 1 -15). Union Mills won by 20 runs.
Standard Bank Twenty20 Division Three
Finch Hill A 127 for 8 (Ben Bennett 35no, Ewan Quayle 31 : Tom Kennaugh 3 -21, H McClarney 2 -8); Castletown C 68 (David Kenworthy 23no, Brendan Coleman 14 : Joe Burrows 4 -17, Euan Quayle 2 -13). Finch Hill won by 59 runs.
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