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Win for Peel and St John's puts them joint top

Peel and St John’s defied the weather yesterday to go joint top of the Standard Bank Premiership.

In a game wrecked by stoppages for rain, they beat a young Cronkbourne team by seven wickets.

The Tromode side scored 128 for 6 in an innings which was reduced to 32 overs.

Openers Max Stokoe and Simon Beard made a solid start but a downpour caused a break of over an hour, which left Cronkbourne facing a reduced over count and a desperate need to improve their run rate.

Adam Killey with 35 and Matt Ansell, who made 28, revived the Tromode fortunes.

However, Peel and St John’s were left to score at only four an over for victory.

Chris Hawke and Akkie van der Berg opened in style with a flurry of sixes and had 55 on the board after ten overs.

Rain again stopped play and the target was reduced to 109 from 27 overs.

What now looked like an easy win was halted when Sam Mills came on to bowl.

He grabbed two wickets and Ansell dismissed van der Berg to send the total from 72 for 0 to 72 for 3.

But there were no more panics as Neil Jacobs and Alex Williamson steadied the innings and eased the Mullen-e-Cloie side home to take all ten points.

The match between Crosby and Castletown was wiped out by the rain without a ball being bowled.

A storm hit the Marown pitch and left the ground under water.

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