NEWPORT nudged closer to the Division 1 title in the Harwoods Renault IW League, winning their first game in three weeks against Shanklin.
A great opening partnership between Andy Long (50) and Harry Dye (90) set Newport on their way to a decent score 234-9. Tom Dye supported with 40, with James Lucy (3-38) and Andy White (3-20) leading Shanklin’s bowling attack.
In reply, Shanklin had a bright start thanks to Mark Ringer’s 70, but after he fell, the wickets tumbled and they were all out for 177. Harry Dye was the star bowler with 4-22, with Gareth Bricknell taking 2-36.
Meanwhile, St Helens posted an enormous victory over Ventnor III, thanks to great performances from batman Andy Louden, and bowler Sam Rockley.
St Helens made a huge 358-5, with Louden reaching 183. Lee Brown supported with 36 before retiring hurt, with 35 from Mark Watson, 31 from Hadleigh Carkeet and 26 from Matt Heelan.
Ventnor were obliterated by tight and accurate St Helens bowling, with Rockley taking 4-7 off his six overs (which included three maidens), and Marc Allen taking 3-22 from his nine-over spell.
Only Marcus Horton (24) and Mark Price (21) gave any resistance as they finished on just 75.
Steady batting and bowling from Northwood saw them past Ryde Cavaliers, winning by 103 runs.
Opening the batting, Northwood made 257-5, with half centuries from Gavin Paddock and Ash Goldsmith, and support from Mark Tuckwell (41), Dave Neal (30) and Phil Reed (21).
In reply, Cavs’ openers Mike Holliday and George Niemiec departed for one and eight respectively, and with Niall Casson, Nathan Goldsmith, Ash Goldsmith and Tuckwell all taking two wickets each, they were all out for 154.
Top-scoring for Ryde were Geoff Hope (31), Mick Bartlett (22) and Lee Clark (21).
In Division 1, Neil Pitman’s 118 set Freshwater on course for victory over Shanklin II.
The hosts made 210-8, Freshwater’s other wickets falling fairly cheaply. For Shanklin, J. Powell and C. Davis both took three wickets each.
In reply, S. Phillips scored 41 and M. Perrin 33, but it was not enough as they were dismissed for 160.
A century from Chris Bridges (109) along with 67 from Seb Egerton-Read made Godshill unbeatable against Newport II.
The hosts made 254-4 thanks to those star innings, and in reply, Newport were unable to make the same impact, their top scorer, D. Xavier, only managing 30. They were all out for 144.
Northwood II failed to raise a side against Ryde Cavaliers II.