SOUTHERN Electric Premier League champions South Wilts inflicted a seven-wicket defeat on Ventnor in Saturday’s final match of the season.
Although the last day defeat and the dip in form during August was disappointing, Ventnor can look back on a fine season as they finished fourth.
Ian Hilsum’s side led the table for the first time in the club’s history earlier in the season and held second place until two weeks ago before a few below-par performances saw them overtaken by Havant and Bashley.
Saturday’s finale saw the home team struggle for runs against an accurate South Wilts attack, James Hibberd finishing with 4-12. Ollie Mills with 35 and Chris Ridley (32) top scored but a total of 162 was unlikely to pose any problems for the visitors who cantered to victory, Tom Morton scoring 69 and Jack Mynott 74 not out, Jamie Miller taking 2-35.
Meanwhile, Ventnor II’s season in Hampshire League Division One ended in a two-wicket defeat at Ellingham.
Mark Fletcher’s fine knock of 65 included nine fours and a six, while George Hatt thumped eight fours and three sixes in a terrific 72, enabling his side to reach 213.
Ventnor enjoyed immediate success after tea with Charlie and Hugh Calloway bowling impressively, taking 2-33 and 3-48 respectively to reduce Ellingham to 63-5. At 97-7, the game seemed there for the taking but former Bournemouth man, Brett Spicer, smashed a 66-ball 75 not out to lead his team to an unlikely win. Ventnor finished sixth.