Andover Cricket Club lost on the Isle of Wight against Ventnor on Saturday, beaten again by an individual brilliant performance.

Johnny Nyumbu won the toss and elected to bowl first on a pitch that look uncharacteristic for Ventnor.

Nyumbu's decision was quickly vindicated as Ventor lost a wicket in the third over to Aidan Jansen (59-2) well caught at mid-wicket by Matt Hooper.

That then became 26-2 when Jansen picked up his second, thanks to a brilliant catch by Sanjeet Garood at cover and Andover, sponsored by Nordlock, had their tails up.

Ventnor knew they had to rebuild and no matter what the Andover bowlers threw at the Isle of Wight side, the away team couldn't get their third breakthrough.

This was largely due to Sri Lankan professional Thimodya who went on to score 120, without really giving a chance.

Ventnor's innings was really based around their professional as when Thimodya fell he had scored 125 of the 190 runs recorded so far.

This gave Ventnor a great platform for their lower to attack. Michael Adams (35-3), the pick of the Andover bowlers, beat the Sri Lankan but the damage had already been done.

Oliver Banks-Williams (59-1) and Adams then picked up two quick wickets and Ventnor were 196-6.

However, all the Ventnor batters could come out and play their shots and Edwards and Mills put on an entertaining partnership in the final few overs to take Ventnor over 250, ending their innings on 268-6.

Unfortunately, the Andover innings never really got started. Both openers fell in the first 10 overs and then Andover lost last week's hero Alex Corbett quickly and were 30-3.

Harri Williams showed signs of returning to form before being stumped but none of Andover's batters were able to get going. 

Andover had lost seven wickets with the score on 54 and the game was effectively over.

Hooper (22) and Nyumbu (41) showed some resistance taking the score past 100, recording the team's biggest partnership of the day.

Hooper was particulary strong through the leg-side while Nyumbu hit a big six and scored all around the wicket.

Both batters fell LBW and it was left to the tail-enders to take Andover past a batting point as they were bowled out for 125. 

Andover sit one place above the relegation places in eighth place having won one game this year so far.

Andover welcome Waterlooville on Saturday (12:30 start) to London Road in a 'six-pointer'.