Ramsey triumph in rescheduled Blincoe Cup

Monday 30th August 2021 5:00 am
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Ramsey Cricket Club were the winners of the Blincoe Cup final

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Ramsey clinched Isle of Man Cricket Association’s Blincoe Cup silverware on Sunday afternoon.

After Saturday’s deluge, the knockout cup competition for second teams was hastily rescheduled for the following day when the northerners defeated Crosby by two wickets and 34 runs.

In the end, the pressure of chasing a total in the final innings ultimately told on Crosby’s batsmen.

The four-innings format, with each side getting two 16-over innings, saw Ramsey win the toss and opt to field first.

Crosby’s opening innings saw them reach 125 for eight, with skipper Mike Callister providing some much-needed impetus with 31 runs after the Marown side were at one stage sitting on only four for two.

When Callister was out with the score on 67, Crosby still needed runs but a 40 partnership for the eighth wicket between Ziv Rosenthal and Sam Bowers eventually carried them to a respectable total.

With each bowler restricted to only two overs, Leon Henery was the pick of the home side bowlers with 3 for 20.

Ramsey’s first innings reply saw them finish within four runs of the Crosby total, with Jon Gower Jackson top scoring with 35 while Joe Humphreys’ three wickets did most of the damage.

Ramsey then batted again and reached a similar score with 117, with a decisive and ultimately match-winning partnership of 62 between Leo Tregurtha (33) and Aaron Hempsall (35) which meant that Crosby were chasing 113 to win.

But the pressure undoubtedly told on Crosby and, when Callister was bowled by Tregurtha for 23, Crosby still needed 43 from their last five wickets.

Tregurtha and Henery wrapped up the innings, eventually sharing seven wickets leaving Crosby 34 runs shy of Ramsey’s two-innings total.

- The Tinker Cup final was postponed on Saturday and will now take place on September 4.

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