Stokoe fires Cronkbourne to victory over Ramsey

Crosby batsman Ricky Kniveton faces a Valkyres delivery during the Marown side's 49-run Premiership victory at the Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday'Photo: Mike Proudfoot 130504(4)

Crosby batsman Ricky Kniveton faces a Valkyres delivery during the Marown side's 49-run Premiership victory at the Memorial Playing Fields on Saturday'Photo: Mike Proudfoot 130504(4)

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A great century by Alex Stokoe has taken Cronkbourne to the top of the Standard Bank Premiership.

On Saturday the Douglas side beat champions Ramsey by a convincing 88 runs.

Batting first, Cronkbourne lost an early wicket when Ollie Webster struck. Then Stokoe and Adam McAuley battled back. McAuley was dismissed for a fine 41, but Max Stokoe joined his brother and the runs flowed.

Max Stokoe went for 25, but Alex carried his bat for a very impressive 110 not out. The side ended on 225 for 5 with Webster and Shaun Kelly each taking two wickets.

Ramsey then struggled against some tight bowling and wickets began to fall. Webster held the side together with an excellent 38 and was well supported by James Arneil who hit 23.

However, the Cronkbourne attack was on top as both Jaco Jansen and Max Stokoe claimed three wickets. The northern club were dismissed for 137 to give all 10 points to an energetic Cronkbourne XI.

There was a thrilling finish in the match between Crosby and Valkyres. The Marown side batted well to finish their 40 overs on 204 for 9. Jack Rowlands led the way in a well-struck innings of 42. Danny Kniveton made 27 and opener Kevin Kniveton had a dashing 24.

Valkyres lost two quick wickets to a lively Joe Rothwell before Tom Reader came to the rescue. He looked in top form, but fell lbw to Harry Rothwell for 27.

The same bowler took three more wickets to plunge Valkyres into deep trouble. Reeling at 140 for 9 and with just seven overs left the game looked lost.

Then a defiant Hameed Sulthan and an injured Rob Weight dug in. They attempted to bat out the innings and so gain a precious three points for their team.

In a tense finish all the fielders gathered around the bat, but to no avail as Sultan and Weight stood firm and managed to survive an exciting final over.

Joe Rothwell ended with 4-33 and Harry Rothwell finished on 4-23. This was a brave performance from Valkyres and one which shows the new points system has plenty of merit.

CRICKET RESULTS

Crosby 204 for 9 (Jack Rowlands 42, Danny Kniveton 27: Andy Coulson 2-30, Chris Langford 2-37); Valkyres 155 for 9 (Tom Reader 27, Hameed Sulthan 21: Harry Rothwell 4-23, Joe Rothwell 4-33). Crosby won by 49 runs.

Cronkbourne 225 for 5 (Alex Stokoe 110no, Adam McAuley 41: Shaun Kelly 2-24, Ollie Webster 2-47); Ramsey 137 (Ollie Webster 38, James Arneil 23: Max Stokoe 3-25, Jaco Jansen 3-38). Cronkbourne won by 88 runs.

CRICKET FIXTURES DIARY

Monday, May 6

Standard Bank Forrester Two (6.30pm)

Grasshoppers v Celton Manx Castletown C

Tuesday, May 7

Standard Bank Cain League (6.30pm)

Valkyres A v Celton Manx Castletown A

Nedbank Private Wealth Crosby A

v Baker Tilley IoM Cronkbourne A

Peel and St John’s A v Ramsey A

Wednesday, May 8

Standard Bank Forrester One (6.30pm)

Nedbank Private Wealth Crosby B

v Best Group Finch Hill A

Peel and St John’s B v Paddy Power Union Mills

Ramsey B v Celton Manx Castletown B

Baker Tilley IoM Cronkbourne B v Ronaldsway

Standard Bank Forrester Two (6.30pm)

Valkyres B v Peel and St John’s C

Friday, May 10

Under-11 League (6.30pm)

Ramsey v Nedbank Private Wealth Crosby

Baker Tilly IoM Cronkbourne A v Cronkbourne B

Best Group Finch Hill v Celton Manx Castletown

(Match sponsored by Colas)

Saturday, May 11

Standard Bank Premiership (1pm)

Celton Manx Castletown

v Nedbank Private Wealth Crosby

Baker Tilly IoM Cronkbourne v Peel and St John’s

Sunday, May 12

Lancashire Cup

Moorside v Ramsey

Standard Bank Premiership (1pm)

Baker Tilly IoM Cronkbourne

v Island Development XI

Under-14 League (10am)

Nedbank Private Wealth Crosby v Colas Finch Hill

l More cricket in Friday’s Manx Independent and online at iomtoday.co.im/cricket

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