TWO outstanding centuries from Sam Richards and Kev Winchcombe steered Newport to a massive victory over Ventnor III in Division 1 of the Harwoods Renault IW Saturday League.
Richards hit an unbeaten 116 and Winchcombe an unbeaten 100 to help Newport to a huge 267-1, a total Ventnor III never got close too as Newport’s bowlers restricted them to 118-9. Matt Flambard was the pick of the bowlers with 4-10, while Winchcombe was very economical with 1-18 from his ten-over stint.
James Attrill was Ventnor’s top batsman, with 58.
In the division’s other match, Shanklin defeated St Helens by three wickets.
St Helens got to 165, Lee Brown (28) and Hadleigh Carkeet (27) the top run scorers.
In reply, Shanklin were indebted to James Lucy, whose 61 helped get the bulk of the runs needed for victory.
In Division 2, Kevin Cooper was in blistering form with the ball for Arreton as they easily defeated Whitecroft in a low-scoring match.
Whitecroft were restricted to just 97, Cooper taking an astonishing six wickets for just nine runs off his six-over spell.
Rob Wilcox (43) and Tom Unsworth (46) knocked off the runs with ease.
Freshwater’s Neil Pitman scored an unbeaten 61 to see his team to victory against Northwood II.
Northwood had made 112-9 from their overs, C, Witham top scoring with 30.
In reply, Pitman’s innings was well supported by Graeme Gosden’s 23 and they finished on 113-4.
Despite 81 from Robin Moore, Shanklin II were unable to get a win over Ryde III in a high-scoring game.
Shanklin II made 238-8 from their overs, Moore supported by S. Davis (45) and J. Langdon (28).
In reply, Ryde reached the total with six wickets in hand, D. Parker finishing on an unbeaten 96, agonisingly close to his century.
An unbeaten ton from Seb Egerton-Read saw Godshill comfortably home against Bembridge.
After their openers departed cheaply, Bembridge finished on 229-8, D. Cobb (54) and Barry Lloyd (64 not out) shining in the middle order.
In reply, Trevor Mew opened with 52, with Egerton-Read backing up with 100 not out, as they crossed the line with eight wickets in hand.