Cronkbourne hit the front
Cronkbourne are now the clear leaders of the Standard Bank Cain League. They beat Valkyres on Saturday while rival contenders Castletown lost to Peel. Ramsey also had a big win over Crosby and are now just one point off the top. Alex Stokoe was the star of the Tromode derby. Bowling first, Valkyres took early wickets and at 14 for 2 Cronkbourne had problems. Then Stokoe and Carl Wagstaffe came together for an unbroken stand of 133. From the last ball of the innings, Stokoe cracked a four to bring up a century – his second of the season. Needing 148 for victory, Valkyres struggled against Matty Ansell who took two wickets for three runs from his four overs. Shahzeb Raja and Will Grundy each made 19, but the side were dismissed for 77.
Little went right for Castletown at Mullen-e-Cloie. Batting first against Peel they lost two wickets in the first over to Akkie Van Der Berg. Gareth Morris attacked the western bowling, but fell to Van Der Berg for 24. Despite 18 from Richard Jackson, the Town were all out for 78 after 16 overs. Phil Littlejohns then gave a great display of aggressive batting. He hammered a fine 54 which included 4 fours and no fewer than 5 sixes. Peel swept to victory by nine wickets.
Ramsey returned to winning ways when they overcame Crosby by 90 runs. Eddie Cleator was in top form, scoring 95 not out from his side’s 167 for 3. Harry Rothwell led the Marown reply with 27, but the team fell well behind the run-rate and ended on 77 for 7. Matt Grice bowled well to take 3 -6.
Finch Hill have won the Standard Bank Forrester Division Three. They took the title and won promotion after beating Castletown C in a top of the table clash on Thursday evening. Daniel Laughlin and skipper Rob Karran made a steady opening for the Town, but then the side was battered by some fine bowling from the Finches. Laughlin was bowled by Marc Furness for 19, before Andy Brown and Peter Foxton ripped through the middle-order. Brown took 3 -9 from his four overs, while Foxton claimed 2 -9. Any hopes of a Castletown recovery were shattered by Rob Lawson. In just one over he took three wickets for only one run. The Town were dismissed for 52 and their bowlers were unable to make any impression on Foxton and Furness, the forceful Finch Hill openers. In just ten overs they hit the runs needed for victory without losing a wicket. Furness ended on 29 while Foxton gave good support with 10 not out. Whatever the result of their final game this week, Finch Hill are the champions and next season will be in Forrester Division Two. #
The Island Under 13s had an excellent tour to England, winning four matches and losing only one. They started with two games against Burscough. In the first the home side were pinned back to 48 for 8 from their twenty overs. The Manx batsmen then knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets. In the second fixture the Island scored 96 for 6 and Burscough ended on 68 for 5. On Wednesday they played a 30 over game against Ormskirk who made 145. The Island were in trouble at 52 for 6, but recovered to win the game without any further loss. Jack Gerrard hit an excellent 41 not out.
Standard Bank Cain League
Castletown 78 (Gareth Morris 24, Richard Jackson 18 : Akkie van der Berg 4-12, Colin Gilbert 2 -3); Peel 79 for 1 (Phil Littlejohns 54no, Chris Hawke 13 : Gareth Morris 1 -24). Peel won by nine wickets.
Cronkbourne 147 for 2 (Alex Stokoe 100no, Carl Wagstaffe 36no : Shahzeb Raja 1 -14, Hameed Sulthan 1 -24); Valkyres 77 (Shahzeb Raja 19, Will Grundy 19 : Matt Ansell 2 -3, Sam Williams 2 -3). Cronkbourne won by 70 runs.
Ramsey 167 for 3 (Eddie Cleator 95no, Jamie
Standard Bank Forrester Division Three
Castletown C 52 (Daniel Laughlin 19, Rob Karran 9 : Rob Lawson 3 -3, Andy Brown 3 -9); Finch Hill A 53 for 0 (Marc Furness 29no, Peter Foxton 10no). Finch Hill won by 10 wickets.
Grasshoppers 138 for 4 (Matt Greenbank 75no, Simon Clarke 10 : Carl Haworth 2 -9, George Burrows 1 -17); Finch Hill B 70 for 8 (Sam Riorden 20, George Burrows 17 : Simon Clarke 2 -10, Matt Greenbank 2 -14). Grasshoppers won by 68 runs.
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East v West : Match abandoned (rain) – one point to each side.
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