Cronkbourne go clear at the top of league

CAIN LEAGUE: Castletown's Richard Jackson hit 18 as his side succumbed to Peel on Saturday. More photos at

CAIN LEAGUE: Castletown's Richard Jackson hit 18 as his side succumbed to Peel on Saturday. More photos at

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Cronkbourne are now the clear leaders of the Standard Bank Cain League.

They beat Valkyres on Saturday while rival contenders Castletown lost to Peel.

Ramsey also had a big win over Crosby and are now just one point off the top.

Alex Stokoe was the star of the Tromode derby. Bowling first, Valkyres took early wickets and at 14 for 2 Cronkbourne had problems.

Then Stokoe and Carl Wagstaffe came together for an unbroken stand of 133. From the last ball of the innings, Stokoe cracked a four to bring up a century – his second of the season.

Needing 148 for victory, Valkyres struggled against Mattie Ansell who took two wickets for three runs from his four overs.

Shahzeb Raja and Will Grundy each made 19, but the side were dismissed for 77.

Little went right for a depleted Castletown at Mullen-e-Cloie. Batting first against Peel they lost two wickets in the first over to Akkie Van Den Berg.

Gareth Morris attacked the western bowling, but fell to island paceman Van Den Berg for 24.

Despite 18 from Richard Jackson, Town were all out for 78 after 16 overs.

Phil Littlejohns then gave a great display of aggressive batting. He hammered a fine 54 which included four fours and no fewer than five sixes. Peel swept to victory by nine wickets.

Ramsey returned to winning ways when they overcame Crosby by 90 runs. Eddie Cleator was in top form, scoring 95 not out from his side’s 167 for 3.

Harry Rothwell led the Marown reply with 27, but the team fell well behind the run-rate and ended on 77 for 7. Matt Grice bowled well to take 3-6.


Standard Bank Cain League

Castletown 78 (Gareth Morris 24, Richard Jackson 18: Akkie Van Den Berg 4-12, Colin Gilbert 2-3); Peel 79 for 1 (Phil Littlejohns 54no, Chris Hawke 13: Gareth Morris 1-24). Peel won by nine wickets.

Cronkbourne 147 for 2 (Alex Stokoe 100no, Carl Wagstaffe 36no: Shahzeb Raja 1-14, Hameed Sulthan 1-24); Valkyres 77 (Shahzeb Raja 19, Will Grundy 19: Mattie Ansell 2-3, Sam Williams 2-3). Cronkbourne won by 70 runs.

Ramsey 167 for 3 (Eddie Cleator 95no, Jamie Moffatt 21); Crosby 77 for 7 (Harry Rothwell 27, Jack Rowlands 15: Matt Grice 3-6, Scott Weaver 1-6, Jamie Moffatt 1-6). Ramsey won by 90 runs.

lTHE island’s under-13 side had an excellent tour to England, winning four matches and losing only one.

They started with two games against Burscough. In the first the home side were pinned back to 48 for 8 from their 20 overs.

The Manx batsmen then knocked off the runs for the loss of two wickets.

In the second fixture the island scored 96 for 6 and Burscough ended on 68 for 5.

On Wednesday they played a 30-over game against Ormskirk who made 145.

The island were in trouble at 52 for 6, but recovered to win the game without any further loss. Jack Gerrard hit an excellent 41 not out.

The next day there were two fixtures against Southport and Birkdale.

In the first the hosts were dismissed for 93 with Stuart Rushmere taking 4-18. Ben Kebbell (35) and Drew Buxton (26 no) batted superbly to take the island to a four-wicket victory.

In the final game the Isle of Man scored 66 and Southport won by six wickets.

This was a successful tour and the youngsters played really well against good opposition.

Island Under-13 Tour

Burscough (48 for 8) lost to the Isle of Man (49 for 2) by eight wickets.

Isle of Man (96 for 6) beat Burscough (68 for 5) by 28 runs.

Ormskirk (145) list to Isle of Man (146 for 6).

Southport (93) lost to Isle of Man (94 for 6).

Isle of Man (66) lost to Southport (67 for 4).

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