Ventnor's recent first team squad.
VENTNOR will stay in the Southern Electric League Premier Division after a 95-run win over Hampshire Academy at Newclose on Saturday.
The victory was their fifth in the last seven games, achieving safety with one game remaining, at Lymington tomorrow (Saturday).
James Cheek was central to victory over the Hampshire youngsters.
Coming in at number seven, with his side struggling on 87-5, the right-hander held the innings together with a fine 89-ball knock of 58 not out and, in partnership with skipper Mark Holmes, who made 18, Ventnor set a competitive 199-9.
Earlier, Henry Bartlett had scored 34, Jake George had hit 28 and Tom Friend scored 19.
After Holmes had dismissed former teammate Ben Duggan for two, Friend (3-19) and Adam Wilson (4-21) produced inspired spells to wreck any chances of an Academy win.
Danny Briggs, back again to guest, mopped up the tail with 2-26, as the visitors could only manage 104, Cheek capping an impressive display by claiming two outstanding catches with the gloves.
On Sunday, the miserable weather led to the cancellation of Ventnor’s NatWest under-19 T20 double-header with Calmore and Fawley, meaning Ventnor cannot qualify for the final stages of the competition.
This weekend, Ventnor are holding an open day, sponsored by Waitrose, at Steephill.
The event on Sunday begins at 10am with an under-11s game, followed by a full match between Ventnor and a team of older and former Ventnor players, including Chris Sketchley, Mark Garaway and Ben Davies, at 1.30pm. Matt Compton will skipper the old boys side.
The match will also serve as a memorial to Brian Gardener, the club’s president and Newclose founder. Before the game at 1pm, his son, Martin, will dedicate the club’s scoreboard to his father’s memory.
There will also be a demonstration of vintage motorcycles and live music in the evening.
On Monday, Steephill will host a memorial match for former CP columnist and cricketing stalward Keith Newbery.
The match, which starts at 1.30pm, will feature 22 players who knew him and either played with or against him.