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Message from Oz
by antipodean reporter  Sunday, July 22, 2001  08:00 GMT

If you check out the guestbook, then you will see a message from our former Aussie import, Adam Morey. Unfortunately, it is getting difficult to argue with his prediction for the Ashes series.
Tragic death at West Island
by local reporter  Saturday, July 21, 2001  08:44 GMT

All members at Island Bakeries were saddened to hear of the sudden death of West Island member Dave Tinsley at the age of just 42. The incident happened on Wednesday after having just fielded in an evening game against Wooton. We had played against Dave for many years, and he was also known for his meticulous work on the scorebook. Our links with West Island have been strengthened this year with Neville Emms, who was playing in the match on Wednesday, playing for us as a guest player. A minute's silence was held before the Headliners game on Friday. We pass on our sincere condolances to Dave's family and his team mates.
220 target just too many
by midweek reporter  Saturday, July 21, 2001  07:33 GMT

The midweek game with Headliners saw runs a plenty at Porchfield. The visitors scored at a ferocious rate but we continually took wickets with 3 apiece for Dene Richards and Steve Lewis and one for Alan Marriott and Richard Webb. The innings was eventually closed on 220-8.
Bembridge match off
by midweek reporter  Saturday, July 21, 2001  07:20 GMT

The evening match at home to Bembridge on Tuesday 17th July was called off after a day of heavy rain.
Glorious victory at Lymington
by tour reporter  Monday, July 16, 2001  10:45 GMT

Bakeries rounded off the tour with a glorious win at Lymington. Again the home side batted first and despite tired bodies Bakeries stuck to their task well in the field. Dene Richards claimed 3-41 from a 13 over spell and Pete Bonser 3 catches behind the stumps as Lymington posted a good looking 189-5. Bonser and Richard Webb opened the batting and saw off a fiery opening spell to set up a good foundation for the victory. Webb reached his 50 and was then first out with the score at 99. Bonser reached his half century soon afterwards but was then dismissed with 60 needed from 8 overs. Trevor Spence joined Tony Cook and they hit and ran hard to reach the target with 4 balls to spare, Cook passing his 50 with the winning boundary. This was a fine performance to end the tour.
Tail holds out for draw
by tour reporter  Monday, July 16, 2001  10:37 GMT

The second match of the Bakeries tour looked in some doubt when a storm hit Curdridge at 1.00 but by 2.45 the pitch had dried sufficiently to allow the home side to begin their innings. Geoff Smith and Neil McDonald reduced them to 30-4 before a big fifth wicket stand lifted them to 146-5 at the close. Again accurate bowling restricted our reply with only Martin Shuttle looking comfortable until he was out for 22. Wickets fell steadily and it was 'skipper for the day' Duncan Hewitt and Dene Richards who saw off the last few overs until Richards was dismissed in the last. Geoff Smith came in to see of the last four balls and help himself to 7 not out in the process.
First tour win for 4 years
by tour reporter  Monday, July 16, 2001  10:24 GMT

Island Bakeries 2001 tour kicked off in the peaceful surroundings of Rockbourne with a 20 over match against the Centurions on Friday evening. The home side batted first and struggled against some tight bowling, especially Geoff Smith with 2-5 off 4 overs. The occasional bowling of Trevor Spence and Martin Shuttle wrapped up the innings for 64. Our reply struggled to keep up with the rate on a difficult wicket and it took to the last ball for us to claim victory when Neil McDonald and Martin Shuttle scrambled a leg bye to edge us to victory.
Run feast at Westhill
by midweek observer  Thursday, July 12, 2001  14:38 GMT

There was the usual feast of runs in the evening game at Shanklin. We batted first and hit a formidable 147-5 off our 20 overs with Tony Cook's 69 not out being well supported by Trevor Spence (24) and John Shepherd (23). The home side batted well and secured victory in the last over despite wickets for Justin Malin and Geoff Smith.
Another draw gained
by reporter  Thursday, July 12, 2001  14:32 GMT

Another Sunday game ended in a draw at Ryde's Harding Shute ground. The home side put up a score of 170-9 with Dene Richards claiming 3 wickets and Pete Bonser 3 dismissals. Our reply built steadily with Richard Webb and Brian Cook putting on 45 for the first wicket but we gradually fell behind the rate and finished on 136-7.
v Chalfont 1993
by historian  Saturday, July 07, 2001  08:42 GMT

This memorable game from 1993 saw us register our first victory on tour against our rivals from Chalfont. The home side took first knock and a half century by Whiting put them in a strong position. However, good bowling from Wayne Godfrey (3-27), kept the target within reach, and spirits were raised when Dene Richards removed "Big Al" Newbury caught and bowled first ball.
Oz makes contact
by scoop  Saturday, July 07, 2001  08:14 GMT

Our Aussie import from last season Adam Morey has been in touch with the club. Alan Marriott reported that he had received an e-mail from Oz, and had sent a reply.
Change of tour fixture
by disgruntled organiser  Thursday, July 05, 2001  23:34 GMT

Thanks a lot Burley.
Creditable draw gained
By observer  Saturday, June 30, 2001  07:46 GMT

The latest midweek match saw us gain a creditable draw against a useful Aldwick side from Sussex. The visitors batted first and good accurate bowling from Alan Marriott and Dene Richards saw them at 40-2 off 19 overs. Then the visitors Aussie and Kiwi imports entered the scene and boosted the scoring rate rapidly, eventually ending on 208-5.
Jonesey out for season
By scoop  Saturday, June 30, 2001  07:36 GMT

All rounder Richard Jones-Evans will be out for the rest of this season after suffering a broken ankle. The injury happened after an incident in Newport Town Square recently. Richard's ankle is broken in 3 places, but he still says he will be on tour, albeit as a non playing tourist now. You know you'll be welcome Jonesey.
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