Tied at the top
Castletown and Cronkbourne are the new leaders of the Standard Bank T20 Cain League after two cliff-hanger finishes on Saturday. The Town were set a target of 128 by a good batting performance from Ramsey. Skipper Ollie Webster scored 38 and Rob Webber was 25 not out. In reply Castletown made a steady start, but lost opener Gareth Morris for 21. With four overs left they were 38 behind, but Wicus Wessels hit out to boost the run-rate. At the start of the last over the southerners needed five to win. No runs were scored from the first ball, a wicket fell on the second and again no runs came from the third. From the next Wessels hit a two and the fifth delivery yielded two byes. The scores were now tied, but on the final ball Wessels blasted a four to win the match. He ended with a superb 78 not out.
There was more last over drama at Marown where Cronkbourne did well to restrict Crosby to 91 for 5. Kevin Kniveton top scored with 24 and Will Wood claimed 2-12. However the Douglas team were soon in trouble and at 76 for 7, needed 16 from the last two overs. Matty Ansell then came to the rescue. He hit a six and a four and Cronkbourne got home to win with just two balls remaining.
Peel were in control at Tromode where they scored 174 for 3 against Valkyres. Chris Hawke made a stylish 59, Phil Littlejohns 38 and Greg Hawke a very quick 33. Amir Mitza was the pick of the bowlers with 2 -27. Valkyres went for the runs, but in doing so lost quick wickets to young Connor Gilbert. He opened the bowling and returned the admirable figures of 4 -32 from his four overs. Shahzeb Raja offered hope with a well struck 21, but could not stop Valkyres being dismissed for 50.
The Island Under 13 squad travel to England for a series of matches against strong opposition. On Monday they will be guests at Old Trafford to watch the 40 over floodlight match between Lancashire and Gloucester. Then on Tuesday the Manx play two games against Burscough, followed the next day by a fixture at Ormskirk. The tour ends on Thursday with two matches versus Southport and Birkdale. The squad is:- Drew Buxton, Ben Christian, Kieran Cawte, Sam Riordan, George Burrows, Eddie Beard, Matthew Quayle, Harry Wilson, Jack Gerrard, Stuart Rushmere, Ben Kebbell, Seth Aycock, Sam Callister. The/coach is Gareth Dawson.
Standard Bank Cain League
Peel 174 for 3 (Chris Hawke 59, Phil Littlejohns 38 : Amir Mitza 2 -27, Shahzeb Raja 2 -34); Valkyres 50 (Shahzeb Raja 21, Ali Ansari 8 : Connor Gilbert 4 -32, Greg Miller 2 -4). Peel won by 124 runs.
Crosby 91 for 5 (Kevin Kniveton 24, Joe Rothwell 16 : Will Wood 2 -12, Carl Wagstaffe 1 -12); Cronkbourne 92 for 6. Cronkbourne won by four wickets.
Ramsey 127 for 7 (Ollie Webster 38, Rob Webber 25no : Garreth Roome 2 -16, Gareth Morris 1 -27); Castletown 131 for 4 (Wicus Wessels 78no, Gareth Morris 21). Castletown won by six wickets.
Standard Bank Forrester Division Two
Crosby B 141 for 7 (Jamie Brown 35, Chris Hermann 31 : Ally Slack 3 -10, James Harrison 2 -32); Cronkbourne B 71 for 8 (Sam Williams 12no, Nick Arden 10 : Dave Picken 2 -5, Joe Rothwell 2 -10). Crosby won by 70 runs.
Cronkbourne B 46 for 9 (Chris Hewson 24no, Nathan Knights 7 : Daniel Laughlin 4 -5, Greg Tomlinson 1 -3): Castletown B 48 for 0 (Richard Corke 26no, Mark Finne 16no). Castletown won by ten wickets.
Union Mills 108 for 9 (Bruce Wagstaff 34, Manoj Patel 19 : Matt Grice 3 -8, Chris McConnell 2 -6); Ramsey B 109 for 4 (Patrick Margrave 41no, Jamie Moffatt 18 : Eddie Clague 2 -14, Chris Nash 1 -18). Ramsey won by six wickets.
Finch Hill A v Crosby C : Match abandoned (rain) – one point to each side.
Ramsey B 123 for 5 (Dominic Howard 32, Tom Howard 27 : Hameed Sulthan 1 -9, Aurangzeb Ghausi 1 -13); Valkyres B 124 for 8 (Brian Quirk 48, Keith Brew 32 : Chris McConnell 3 -12, Brian Arnold 1 -4). Valkyres won by two wickets.
Cronkbourne B 127 for 3 (Bob Dix 43, J Callow 38no : Steve Epplestone 1 -17, Richard Jackson 1 -28); Castletown B 126 for 5 (Christian Steriopulos 64no, Daniel Laughlin 17 : Ally Slack 3 -12, Chris Hewson 2 -31). Cronkbourne won by one run.
Standard Bank Forrester Division Three
Grasshoppers 81 (David Sheen 24, M Neil 12 : Patrick Moorcroft 4 -16, Andrew Ronan 3 -10); Castletown C 82 for 1 (Mark Finne 46no, Andrew Ronan 21no : Chris Wade 1 -10). Castletown won by nine wickets.
Crosby C 144 for 3 (Chris Hermann 57no, John Lovelady 31 : Connor Gilbert 2 -28, Billy Gilbert 1 -21); Peel C 128 for 6 (Colin Gilbert 66, Raj Namala 19 : Dave Picken 2 -14, Damien Baker 2 -30). Crosby won by 16 runs.
St John’s B 76 for 9 (A Holden 21no, A Jackson 10 : Sam Riorden 4 -9, Ian Johnson 2 -13); Finch Hill B 77 for 7 (Ben Bennett 20no, Joe Harris 13 : Andy Lee 2 -10, Will Bayley 2 -19). Finch Hill won by three wickets.
Isle of Man Bank Under 15 League
South A beat East. East beat West. Cronkbourne v East & South B v Cronkbourne : Games abandoned (rain) – one point to each side.
Isle of Man Bank Under 11 League
South (153) lost to Cronkbourne B (173).
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