Wicketkeeper Ian Simmonds, batsman Ryan Chessell and bowler Chris Ray. Picture by Robin Crossley.
THE Island senior cricket season got under way at the weekend, which produced a mixed bag of results in the Harwoods Renault IW League Division 2.
In a low-scoring match, Newport II beat Northwood II by five wickets, skittling them out for 69 in 23 overs, with Dave Cooper and Callum Witham (not out), joint top scoring with 11 runs.
Chris Wray was the star in Newport’s bowling attack, with figures of 5-19 from his seven overs.
Newport’s top scorer was Mike Watson with 19 not out.
Whitecroft also beat Godshill by five wickets, with Wes Maynard top scoring on 35 not out for Whitecroft to see them to victory, having chased Godshill’s 106 all out total.
Andy Wray hit 31 and opener Jon Turner 19 for Godshill.
Kai Barnes produced the game’s best bowling performance with figures of 4-30 from.
There were runs galore in the drawn match between Freshwater and Arreton.
Arreton posted 219-7, which featured an excellent partnership between opener Gary Cooper (71) and Souvik Sanyal (69 no), who put Freshwater’s bowling to the sword.
The home side replied with 182-2, with Neil Pitman (91) and Graeme Gosden (60 no) top scoring as Arreton recorded a winning draw.
At Steephill on Saturday, St Helens came out on top by 43 runs in the opening Island Webservices Cup fixture. The competition will be played in a league type format this year.
Lee Brown hit a fine 70 for the visitors in their score of 229-8, 13-year-old Dan Cox the pick of the Ventnor III bowlers with 4-31. The village side’s total was boosted by no fewer than 61 extras.
South African newcomer Pierre Kriel top scored with 35 for the home team with Toby Corbin contributing 29 and Ali Cotton 21 in their reply of 186.
Several matches were called off due to grounds being unfit, with Ventnor’s first Southern League fixture of the season, away at South Wilts, a casualty.