Nat Riddett top scored with 28 for Newport.
CRICKET THE top flight of the Harwoods Indoor League ended in style on Sunday evening as Northwood beat Newport by just one wicket with one delivery remaining.
Newport posted 133-2 from their overs, Nat Riddett top-scoring with 28 not out and Harry Dye adding 22.
Newport reduced Northwood to 38-3 in reply, thanks to Ash Brett’s 2-24, but 77 extras and a great knock of 40 not out from Gavin Paddock was enough to see Northwood over the line with just one ball to spare.
Newly crowned champions, Ryde, lost their unbeaten record in the league in their final game, Niton defeating them by 49 runs. Guy Wells (32) and Joby Wells (28 not out) started well for Niton, and despite 2-28 from Mark Oatley, were able to make 145-5. Ryde then lost regular wickets in the chase, and despite knocks of 33 from Stuart Robertson and 30 from Josh Procter, could only muster 96 all out.
Tom Doble played a part in all six wickets, taking three catches and finishing with figures of 3-22. Ryde II were awarded their match after Shanklin were unable to raise a team.
In Division 2, the title race is hotting up between Island Bakeries and IW Prison Officers after both sides made it five wins from six. Island Bakeries’ victory came against East Cowes II, comprehensively beating them by six wickets.
East Cowes II made 110-5, with Dave Cooper (25), Sam McQueen (23) and Paul Hunt (22 not out) all registering decent scores. However, it took just 9.5 overs for Island Bakeries to chase down the target, Ellis Ridett (27 not out) and Matt Webb (25 not out) the top scorers as East Cowes II failed to take a wicket.
Prison Officers were winners by three wickets over Godshill.
Godshill posted 125-2, Steve Thorne (28 not out) and Ray Winter (26 not out) both retiring.
Despite 2-20 from David Winter, the top order of John Turner (50 not out), Neil Westhorpe (31 not out) and Adam Wilson (24) saw Prison Officers to victory, reaching the total in the 11th over.
IW Health Associates recorded their first victory of the season, beating Shanklin II by 25 runs. Dave Pratt continued his fine form with an unbeaten 49 as Health Associates hit 159-4.
All the Shanklin II batsmen made double figures in reply, Harry Bradley top-scoring with 26, but tight bowling from Health Associates ensured Shanklin II finished short on 134-4.