Ryde skipper Lawrence Tolfrey batting, with Alan Johns keeping wicket for East Cowes. Picture by Robin Crossley.
EAST Cowes won the Harwoods Renault Indoor Cup on Sunday night, in a high-scoring evening of action.
The side overcame Ryde in the final, with some fine individual performances.
Ryde won the toss and decided to bat first. It was, however, East Cowes that got the early breakthrough, as Harry Collier was trapped lbw by Mark Hartnell for five.
Stuart Robertson made just nine before he fell to Rob Holdcroft, and Harry Wratten was run out for one, but there were fantastic knocks from Tom Roscoe (47 not out) and Mark Oatley (57 not out), before Lawrence Tolfrey smashed 26 from the ninth over, making a final score of 165-3.
East Cowes were positive from the start in their chase and hit 58 runs from the opening three overs, Hartnell making 26 in just ten balls. Mark Watson and Alan Johns also retired as East Cowes made steady progress towards their target and at the halfway stage they were 100-0. Robertson then took a wicket and two run outs as he tried to get Ryde back into the game, but it was too little too late and despite an Oatley wicket, it was East Cowes who came out on top, winning by two wickets with an over to spare, Watson unbeaten on 32, Johns 31 not out.
Earlier, East Cowes booked their spot with a victory over Newport in their semi-final.
Opening the batting, they made 134-5, Alan Johns leading the way with 30 and Ash Brett the best of the Newport bowlers, with 2-34.
Newport’s chase got off to a slow start and they found it difficult to recover, despite 32 from Harry Dye and 23 from Nat Ridett.
Two wickets from Holdcroft helped bowl Newport out for 109.
In the other semi-final, Ryde knocked out Northwood.
Ryde recovered from a wicket with the second ball to post 138-5, captain Tolfrey top-scoring with 38 not out, Oatley adding 27 and Robertson 25. Northwood looked in control of the game at 95-1 with four overs to spare, but it was Ryde who held their nerve in the closing stages, Harry Collier taking 2-34 as Northwood slumped to 125-5 at the end of their innings, Ashley Goldsmith making 27.