Peel & St John's and Castletown dominate Tinker Cup semis

Friday 25th June 2021 5:00 am
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Ollie Webster smashed an unbeaten 96 in the opening innings for Peel and St Johnâ??s against Valkyres in the Tinker Cup on Saturday, before notching up a further 45 runs in the second to help his side win the semi-final clash (DK210619 (137))

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Peel and St John’s secured a comfortable victory over Valkyres in the Tinker Cup semi-final at Mullen-e-Cloie on Saturday.

They will now play Castletown in the final after the southerners beat Crosby in the other last-four clash at the weekend.

The four-innings format sees each team face 10 and then a further 20 overs.

Ollie Webster’s explosive unbeaten 96 in their opening innings, which included eight fours and seven sixes from 38 balls, ultimately proved decisive for Peel and St John’s.

Although Andy Coulson’s three wickets in four balls at least slowed the Saints’ charge, the western side finished with 146 from their 10 overs.

Valkyres’ first innings saw them bowled out for only 75, a deficit of 71 with Russ Miller taking three wickets.

Valkyres put up a much better fight in their second - 20-over - innings and eventually reached 190, with Shahid Rafique (69) and Arun Mahalingham (48) leading the charge.

But Peel comfortably reached the total for only the loss of Ollie Webster (45) with almost seven overs to go, with Eddie Beard unbeaten on 56.

In the other semi-final between Castletown and Crosby at King William’s College, Castletown won the toss and elected to field. Town secured a 20-run lead after the opening innings, largely thanks to Jaco Jansen’s unbeaten 28.

Crosby reached 103 from their 20-over innings, with Dollin Jansen picking up three wickets from his four overs, and Castletown passed their total with nine overs to spare with Matthew Ogden top-scoring with 41.

In the weekend’s only Premiership match, Ramsey secured their first win of the season with victory over Valkyres at Ramsey Grammar School.

Valkyres won the toss and elected to bat but were soon in trouble at 6-3, although they fought back largely thanks to Shahid Rafique’s 48. They were eventually all out for 138.

Dominic Howard and Brandon Atchison were the pick of the home side’s bowlers with a three-wicket haul each.

After a nervous reply, the home side eventually prevailed thanks to Grant Atchison’s 31 and a seventh-wicket stand between Dominic Howard (20) and Jensen Eve (19) which saw them home.

FIXTURES

This weekend’s fixtures see Peel host in-form Castletown in the Premiership, while Cronkbourne travel the short distance to face Finch Hill at Ballafletcher and Ramsey will face Crosby.

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