Responding to Ryde’s 154-6, Ventnor faced potential defeat at 129-8, but scored 12 runs off Ben Shannon’s last over to finish with 154-9, teenager Freddie Gurney being run out off the last ball.
Normally, the side losing least wickets would be declared the winner, but with no such regulation in place the final was decided by a Super Over, possibly the first in island cricket history.
Ventnor’s Ross Whyte surprisingly took responsibility – the first of his eight-ball over (which included two wides) disappearing high over square-leg for six off Stuart Robertson’s bat. Ryde got 20 off Whyte’s protracted over.
Hugh Calloway smacked the first ball of Ollie Morgan’s super over to the cover boundary, but was run out off the next. Ventnor closed with 14-1.
Ryde, who won the Super Over by six runs, squandered the initiative several times during the showpiece 30-over final, and had to reply on 16-year old Man of the Match Ollie Morgan to swing the tie in their favour, initially with the bat then then ball.
His quick-fire 37 off 25 balls, which included three big sixes over mid-wicket and two fours, lifted the undefeated All Wight League champions from 74-3 (Chris Tait 25) – teenage spinner Gurney taking 3-28 before Morgan, Shannon (26) and young Will Mew doubled the score with 80 runs off the last ten overs.
Cue Morgan bowled Mark Fletcher (14) and, three runs later, had Rob Snell (17) caught mis-cuing a hook shot.
Three quick wickets by Robertson (3-20) - which saw Hugh Calloway trapped lbw either side of Whyte (16) being bowled and teenage keeper Oscar Vandecastelle being castled first ball - left Ventnor 71-5.
When Martin Blackman fell to Mew (2-17) for a patient 24 (99-6), Ventnor required 48 off seven overs.
Gurney (26) and Zeph Wells (10) got the target down to 22 off two and 13 off what proved a chaotic last over – Gurney and Dan Charge, aided by some clumsy fielding, managing to tie the scores, with Ventnor 154-9 after 30 overs.
Then followed the Super Over which provided a bizarre climax to a most bizarre half-summer … but one which a good sized Newclose crowd, basking in the late September sunshine, thoroughly enjoyed.