Cavaliers romp to Sandrock title

Friday, February 7, 2014



RYDE Cavaliers secured the Sandrock Services League title for the second year running after beating Bembridge last weekend.

Two rounds of matches are still to be played, but Cavaliers cannot now be caught.

Batting first, they registered 142-3, with Harry Bradley (29), Sam Rockley (27) and Andy Loudon (27) the main contributors.

Bembridge started brightly in pursuit of their target, but their challenge faded once the opening partnership between Lee Thompson and Mano Obeyesekere (28) was broken. Cavaliers’ pedigree is difficult to dispute — all six of their players were capable of making significant contributions with the bat, and in Bradley they have one the best young bowlers to have ever participated in the league.

Newport Ale House look certain to finish as runners up after easily beating a flagging Wootton side. Toby Corbin top-scored with 37 and there were also good innings from Owen Hooper (26) and Chris Ash (25) as Ale House posted 142-2.

Wootton limped to 83-5 in reply, with Matt Webb claiming two wickets in an economical spell.

At the bottom, Freshwater triumphed over Binstead Royals by six wickets. Royals lost wickets rapidly at the start though some lusty blows from Joe Smith (24) enabled them to reach 86-5.

Freshwater experienced few alarms in reaching their target, with Graham Gosden (26) and Steve Priddle (26) getting the bulk of the runs.

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