Isle of Wight Cricket

Caulkheads retain Pickersgill Trophy

An unusual format match awaited the disabled side on their trip to Dorset last weekend. - the match was a 9-a-side match made over 30 overs per side, The side batting first had 30 overs to score, but if they were bowled out before that, they would have the remaining overs to try to overhaul the total after the 2nd side had batted. The Islanders won the toss and elected to field on an overcast day, and were soon rewarded with 3 wickets in the opening overs from 'Baz' Matty Rice and Nathan Kozel(playing his last match before moving to the North Island). However, with Steven Witshire at the crease and determined support from Callum Tucker and Graham Whistler, Dorset began to find some runs.The introduction of Chris Hebberd and Kayton Evans, after 11 overs stemmed the flow of runs to a trickle, and the frustration was soon evident with 5 wickets falling in 4 overs, including the suicidal run out of Wiltshire - the only Dorset batsman to score any runs, as they tried to force the pace! Michael Smith wiped out the tail with a 2 wicket maiden in his only over.
In reply, Andrew Brown, Lewis Mountain and Matt Davis pushed the score along steadily, but, it needed to be quicker, realising they had to get a sizable lead after their innings, David Lloyd (83*) was sent in. His 50 came up in just 26 deliveries, sharing a 32 run partnership with Smith off just 16 deliveries, and 65 with Rice of 7 overs, which pushed the Islanders lead to 112.
This left Dorset 12 overs to try win the match.
But the Islanders were not going to let the trophy be wrested from their grasp, and once Kozel and Davis had removed the openers, the last 6 wickets fell for just 16 runs.
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