The top three sides in the Standard Bank Premiership won on Sunday to confirm their places in the League Cup semi-finals this coming weekend.
They will be joined by Ramsey who, despite losing, held on to fourth place.
Leaders Cronkbourne were hard pressed to overcome a feisty display from Crosby. Batting first, Adam McAuley (36) and Max Stokoe (34) got the Douglas side away to a fine start with a stand of 62 from the first 11 overs.
Then Stuart Morris and Floris Ventor struck and Cronkbourne collapsed to 99 for 8.
Chris Hewson joined Nathan Knights to hit back with a stand of 50 which helped their team to end on 152.
The Crosby innings was boosted by a superb 43 from Danny Kniveton, but at the other end wickets were falling. When Kniveton departed, the match seemed over, but Aaron Thompson cracked two towering sixes to set up a tense finish.
It was the Tromode bowlers who had the final say as Crosby fell just 15 runs short of their target. Alex Stokoe and Ally Slack both bowled well to take three wickets each.
Peel and St John’s were in top form to defeat Ramsey by a convincing margin. Akkie Van Den Berg took two quick wickets to plunge the northern club into deep trouble. Shaun Kelly (16) and Chris Wade (13) stood firm, but when they were out, the side were dismissed for 60.
Although chasing a small total, the Saints’ batsmen had problems facing Wade. He had claimed three victims before Phil Littlejohns crashed a six for his side to win the match by four wickets.
Ewan Quayle was the star for Castletown in their match against Valkyres. He ripped through the Douglas batsmen to return 5-24. Peel Taggart and Seb Aycock took two wickets each as their opponents were shot out for 64. Ben Bennett top scored with 18 and George Burrows made 12.
Town then romped to victory in 11 overs, losing only one wicket. Wicus Wessels dominated by scoring 56 not out from their total of 65 for one. He has now scored a remarkable 1,082 runs for the season.
The semi-finals of the Standard Bank League Cup will be played this coming Sunday. Cronkbourne take on Ramsey at Tromode, while Peel and St John’s are at home to Castletown. Both ties have an 11am start.
Standard Bank Premiership
Ramsey 60 (Shaun Kelly 16, Chris Wade 13: Akkie Van Den Berg 4-12, M. Brand 2-7, James Seed 2-34); Peel and St John’s 66 for 4 (Neil Jacobs 21no, Ruairi Mooney 20: Chris Wade 3-35, Ollie Webster 1-20). Peel and St John’s won by six wickets.
Cronkbourne 152 (Adam McAuley 36, Max Stokoe 34: Stuart Morris 4-23, Floris Ventor 2-23); Crosby 134 (Danny Kniveton 43, Aaron Thompson 16: Alex Stokoe 3-22, Ally Slack 3-26). Cronkbourne won by 18 runs.
Valkyres 64 (Ben Bennett 18, George Burrows 12: Ewan Quayle 5-24, Peel Taggart 2-2, Seb Aycock 2-15); Castletown 65 for 1 (Wicus Wessels 56no: Chris Langford 1-23). Castletown won by nine wickets.
Standard Bank Forrester Division One
Ramsey B 199 for 3 (Tom Howard 78, Andy Ball 42: James McDonald 2-43, Mark Walker 1-41); Peel and St John’s B 171 for 7 (Mark Walker 68, Alex Williamson 23: Grant Atchison 2-16, Brian Arnold 2-31). Ramsey won by 28 runs.
Standard Bank Forrester Division Two
Grasshoppers 60 (Simon Clarke 21, Mike Curphey 10: Daffyd Lewis 3-8, James Harrison 2-10); Cronkbourne Bacchas 64 for 1 (Tom Wilson 55no, Darren Murtagh 5no). Cronkbourne won by nine wickets.
Cronkbourne beat Castletown.
CRICKET FIXTURES DIARY
Sunday, September 1
Standard Bank League Cup Semi-Finals (11am)
Baker Tilly IoM Cronkbourne v Ramsey
Peel and St John’s v Castletown
Sunday, September 8
Standard Bank League Cup Final (11am)