Sam Vandecasteele (on the left) being presented with the trophy by Graham Gosden
IT WAS a day for bowlers in the Harwoods Renault IW League Division 1 on Saturday.
Northwood’s home draw with Ryde Cavaliers produced the best individual performances in the league, with Northwood’s middle order batsmen Pete Hayward (66) and Ash Goldsmith (51) contributing heavily to their total of 231-9.
The visitors’ opener George Niemiec scored 44 in their modest 119-8, with bowlers Ryan Chessell 2-0 from two overs, Simon Goldsmith, 3-9 from his 12 overs, and Ash Goldsmith 2-28 doing all the damage.
A solid opening partnership from James Lucy (51) and Mark Ringer (38) and tight bowling was enough to earn Shanklin a winning draw against St Helens at Westhill.
The visitors’ Hadleigh Carkeet weighed in with 43 and Lee Brown was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 3-31 from his 11 overs.
Newport ran out comfortable five wicket winners in their game against Ventnor III at Steephill. Strengthened by the inclusion of several first teamers, Ventnor batted first but were frustrated on their way to 147 all out by an accurate Newport attack, led by seamer Gareth Bricknell, who finished with 4-31.
James Cheek (48) and Mark Price (32) top scored for Ventnor but consistent scoring down the order enabled Newport to win inside 30 overs, with Tom Dye unbeaten on 32. Adam Wilson took 3-32 for Ventnor.
In Division II, Ryde III enjoyed a comfortable 125-run win over Freshwater.
Tom Roscoe struck 100 and retired, well supported by Ollie Stubbings on 51 not out on their way to a total of 248-6. Ryde’s Dan Parker had a good over, earning 2-3 from it.
Despite some ordinary batting from Freshwater, Sam Vandecasteele made history by becoming the club’s first-ever player to reach 500 wickets with his excellent 3-21 from nine overs.
Sam, who made his debut in 1993, has played almost 500 games for the club. He was presented with a trophy and the match ball after the game.
Shanklin II eased to victory at a canter, by nine wickets against Bembridge.
The opening partnership between John Buckman (61) and Christian Davis (44) helped the visitors reach Bembridge’s modest 169-8 in 30 overs.
A battling stand by the tail-enders helped Arreton earn a winning draw against Northwood II.
Rob Wilcox (35 not out) and Kieran Tarrant (20), helped push Arreton’s score up to 207-9 and thanks to some very economical bowling from Sam Reed, 3-16, and Glenn Bailey, 2-10, from their nine overs each, Northwood were restricted to 112-7.