Saints leapfrog Ramsey to the top

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St JOHN’S stormed back to the top of the Standard Bank Premiership when they beat Ramsey on Saturday.

Batting first, the Saints got off to a great start when Daniel Dickinson and Pete Lewis put on 104 for the first wicket. Brian Arnold then trapped Lewis lbw for 39, but Greg Hawke took over with an aggressive innings.

At 199 for 1, St John’s were in a strong position, but Ramsey fought back. Hawke fell to Chris McConnell for 39 and Dickinson quickly followed for a well-struck 90. The last eight wickets went down for 66 runs as the team ended on 265 for 9 after their 50 overs.

Akkie van den Berg then ripped through the Ramsey batting with a superb spell of bowling. He took six wickets for 28 runs as the northerners were shot out for 76. Russell Miller claimed three victims while Ollie Webster was top scorer with 18.

The Castletown batsmen had a field day against Cronkbourne. They made 355 for 2 with Travis Friend scoring 125, John Short 88, Wicus Wessells 71 and Mark Williams 52. Cronkbourne made a valiant effort to chase the runs, but were dismissed for 236.

Valkyres won their first Premiership match of the season when they defeated Crosby by 110 runs. The southerners scored 225, thanks to 54 from Shahzeb Raja and 50 by Aurangzeb Ghausi. In reply the Marown team made 115 – Ross Berry hit 28 and Tom Reader took three for 20.

Sunday’s Standard Bank Tinker Cup Final was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of the storm which hit Tromode. A new date for the match will be announced shortly.

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