Peel and St John's move to the top of the table
It was another low-scoring weekend in Isle of Man Cricket Association’s Premiership, with none of the six innings going the full 40-over distance.
Peel won the toss and elected to bat but Finch Hill made an excellent start, with Joe Burrows trapping Eddie Beard with the opening ball of the match.
Charlie Beard and Peter Lewis began the fightback but brothers Spencer and Frazer Clarke - with two and three wickets respectively from their six-over stints - again wrested the initiative back to Finch Hill.
But some late-order resistance from Russ Miller (31) and Akkie Van Den Berg (16) helped Peel to a final total of 139.
In reply, Finch Hill made an excellent start with Sam Barnett and George Burrows putting on 61 for the opening wicket, but the pair were both LBW to Kieran Cawte who finished with an decisive 5-32 as Finch Hill were all out 10 runs short.
In a one-sided affair between Cronkbourne and Ramsey at Ramsey Grammar School, Cronkbourne won the toss and put the hosts into bat.
After a tough but steady start at 30-2, Ramsey incredibly lost their last eight wickets for the addition of only eight runs. Jordan Chatt was the pick of the Cronkbourne bowlers with six for nine from his eight overs.
Cronkbourne duly passed the Ramsey target of 43 in the third over of their reply, with Nathan Knights scoring 27 from eight balls in a 10-wicket win.
Castletown moved up to fourth in the table with an away win over Valkyres at St John’s.
After winning the toss and batting, father and son Jaco and Dollin Jansen both contributed with the bat with 34 and 39 runs respectively, while Matthew Ogden top-scored with 42 in Castletown’s competitive total of 184. Hemanth Vyas picked up three late-order wickets.
In reply, after a promising start Valkyres’ resistance was broken by Daniel Williams who picked up four wickets, while Nathan Williams wrapped up a 25-run win for Castletown with the last three wickets.
This Saturday’s Premiership fixtures see Crosby facing Ramsey while Castletown will travel to Peel and St John’s and Finch Hill play Cronkbourne at Ballafletcher. Ramsey face a busy weekend with a home fixture against Valkyres.
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