Premiership final this weekend

Friday 4th September 2020 6:49 am
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The Isle of Man under-17s cricket team was one of several local sides that travelled over to Guernsey the week before last to play a series of matches against the Channel Islanders. A full report appeared in last weekâ??s edition of the Examiner (Photo: Martin Gray/www.guernseysportphotography.com)

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Peel and St John’s will go head-to-head with Cronkbourne in Isle of Man Cricket Association’s Premiership play-off final this weekend.

The two teams came through their respective semi-finals against Crosby and Ramsey on Saturday to set up a mouthwatering winner-takes-all clash.

Peel were pushed hard by Crosby at Mullen-e-Cloie before eventually triumphing by three wickets.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but lost several early wickets as Jamie Brown, Carl Hartmann and Chris Langford were all dismissed to leave Crosby reeling at 13 for three.

Kevin Kniveton soon followed and, despite brief rallies from Martyn Oates and Joseph Humphrey, they were reduced to 51 for six and were staring down the barrel of defeat. But the partnership of Edward Walker and Stuart Morris proved to be a fruitful one as they steadied the ship in fine fashion, scoring 42 and 28 runs respectively to ensure Crosby ended their 40 overs with a competitive 131 for six.

In reply, Eddie Beard got the hosts off to a solid start by posting 27 from 20 balls before being bowled by Langford. The wicket prompted a mini collapse from the westerners as Neill Jacobs, Josh Mills, Charlie Beard and Peter Lewis were all dismissed in quick succession to leave Peel floundering at 47 for five.

Much like their opponents though, Peel and St John’s rallied as the experienced Russ Miller and Ollie Webster enjoyed a key partnership which saw them take the score to 116 before Miller fell and was quickly followed by his replacement Ciaran Gell.

The game remained in the balance but in the end, island batsmen Webster starred as he steered his side to victory by finishing on 55 not out and the home team reached 135 for seven with a little under three overs remaining.

The other game proved to be a bit more one-sided as Cronkbourne triumphed by 40 runs against Ramsey at Tromode.

The hosts batted first and, despite Jack Gerrard falling early on, they reached 58 before the dismissal of Nathan Knights sparked a mini collapse as Josh Clough, Jordan Chatt, Carl Wagstaffe and Tom Evans all fell in quick succession. These wickets left Cronkbourne at 76 for six but they responded and took their score past the 100-mark before being bowled for 105 all out.

Ramsey’s response got off to a stuttering start though, as Ben Bennett and Adam Peel were dismissed in succession, before Rob Pooley fell to leave the score standing at 21 for three.

The visitors briefly rallied until Jon Gower-Jackson, Robert Webber, Grant Atchison, Brandon Atchinson, Tom Moffatt and Luke Ward saw their wickets tumble to leave the northerners on the brink of defeat at 52 for nine.

The task proved insurmountable and Adam Page soon followed as Ramsey were dismissed all out for 65, ensuring Cronkbourne booked their place in the final.

The Division One play-off semi-finals also took place on Saturday and Ramsey eased to victory over Cronkbourne, winning by 84 runs at the Grammar School to set up a final clash with Castletown who defeated Crosby by seven wickets in Marown.

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