Isle of Wight Cricket

Caulkheads crash to rampant Hampshire

The Island's disability cricketers continued the season, knowing defeat against Hampsire would effctively end their chances of progressing to the semi finals this season. On a billiard table of an out field at The RoseBowl, it was clear that there would be plenty of runs. Hampshire openers Ian 'Ginger' Rogers (92 n.o.) and Alex Hammond worked hard for their 55 opening partnership against tidy opening spells from Peter Brown and Chris Hebberd. But it was never going to be easy to get wickets on a superb batting track. A mix-up led to Hammond being run out bringing Paul Baldwin to the crease who, batting as back up to Rogers built up an assured 74 run partnership. The Caulkhead's fielding was excellent all day with two younsters Jayden Frankling and Michael Smith taking the lead from the experienced David Lloyd, with some excellent stops and returns. Peter Atkins was again the pick of the Island's bowlers.
In reply, the Caulkheads needed to get runs quickly, and that they did, with Lloyd, Wayne Dunne and Atkins scoring at over 5 an over to keep them ahead of the run chase. But, as has happened so often this season, wickets fell just as partnerships started to accellerate, and it was left to the 4 youngest players to try to win the match. Nathan Kozel(13) and Baz Matty Rice(7) tried valiantly, but eventually fell short.

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