The Isle of Man and the MCC shared the spoils of their two T20 games at Tromode on Friday.
The island won the first match by a convincing six wickets, but the visitors hit back to take the second by seven wickets with just four balls left.
In the opener a splendid bowling and fielding performance put the Manx on top.
The MCC batsmen struggled to make an impact, despite 31 from Chris Riley and 30 by Joe Williams.
Dan Hawke’s four overs cost only nine runs and included the important scalp of Riley. There were also wickets for Jaco Jansen, Garreth Roome and Akkie Van Den Berg.
The MCC closed on 103 for 5 and then faced some strong island batting. Jansen and Adam McAuley had an opening stand of 57, but at 77 for 4 the game was in the balance.
Sensible play, however, from Chris Hawke and Luke Lacey saw their side home to an excellent victory.
Stung by this defeat, a determined MCC set out for the second match.
After losing a quick wicket, the Isle of Man had a good stand of 68 between Phil Littlejohns and Ollie Webster.
They took the total to 94 before Webster was caught for 29. Littlejohns followed shortly afterwards for a fine 50.
More wickets tumbled in the dash for runs as the overs ran out. The island finished on 131 for 6 to set their opponents a real challenge.
The MCC batsmen paced their innings carefully, but found Roome on top form. He returned 3 for 16 from four lively overs while Van Den Berg put down four accurate overs for 18.
Chris Riley was batting well, but with five overs left his side were a daunting 48 runs behind. Then 27 were struck from one over and the MCC closed in on their target.
Riley finished on 70 not out as his side won by seven wickets in the last over. This was a tight match which could have gone either way until the closing stages.
l Cronkbourne remain top of the Standard Bank Premiership after they beat Castletown on Saturday. They scored a massive 254 for 3 from their 40 overs with Adam McAuley leading the way with an excellent 75. Jaco Jansen hit 62 and Rowan Bird made 43 as the Tromode side piled on the runs.
Town’s reply was twice stopped for rain and they were left with a reduced target of 228 from 36 overs. They were pinned back by tight bowling to 36 for 1 after 20 overs, but a defiant 73 from Mark Williams took them to 142 for 5 at the close.
Accurate bowling saw Sam Kebbell take 1 -7 from seven overs while Jansen’s seven overs cost a mere five runs. Cronkbourne recieve only seven points as Castletown were not bowled out, while the Town were just a few runs short of earning three points for a losing draw.
Crosby bounced back from their heavy defeat last week to notch a resounding victory at Ramsey. The Marown team made 200 for 9 thanks to good work from Danny Kniveton (58), Harry Rothwell (33) and Floris Venter (27).
In reply Ramsey struggled, despite 40 from Jamie Moffatt and 25 by opener Eddie Cleator. Venter took 5-23 as the northern club were dismissed for 101.
Peel and St John’s now move into second place in the league after their defeat of a spirited Valkyres. Gritty innings of 33 each from Marc Furness and opener Rob Weight boosted the Douglas side. Then Abdul Khan hit an aggressive 41 to help his team to 149.
Three wickets from Hameed Sulthan made life difficult for the Saints, but at 104 for 3 all seemed well. Then Furness and Tom Reader struck and at 109 for six a shock result looked possible.
However, Akkie Van Den Berg and Neil Jacobs batted sensibly to put on an unbeaten stand of 41 to gain all 10 points for their club.