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Cornwall Premier Cricket League title goes down to final day decider between Werrington and Falmouth

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

  • BIG WEEKEND: for Werrington. Back row, from left: Mark Gribble, Alex Smeeth, Nick Lawson, Nick Ward, Chris Rees, Tom Lyle and Wendy Orchard (scorer). Front row: Richard Stanbury, Adam Hodgson, Ben Smeeth (captain), Paul Smith and Sam Hockin. by David Flower

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IT'S been on the cards all season and so it has come to pass that the 2013 Jolly's Drinks ECB Cornwall Premier League title race will be decided on the final day.

Werrington and Falmouth have never been separated by more than 12 points and Werrington's advantage is nine points ahead of Saturday's clash at Trescobeas.

Basically Falmouth need to win, or Werrington need to at least draw, to take the title.

It's not quite that simple though as the caveat needs to be added that both scenarios are subject to enough bonus points being gained, in a fascinating finale.

It doesn't end there either, as 24 hours later the pair meet at St Austell in the Premier 50/50 Cup final, following Werrington's semi-final win on Sunday.

At the bottom of the table, it is even closer in the bid to avoid relegation. Redruth are just one point above St Austell with Paul only nine points off the bottom.

In two huge games, St Austell play Paul on Saturday and Redruth host Grampound Road. The other two fixtures will decide third spot, with Callington hosting Truro and St Just at home to Camborne.

Grampound Rd 254-6 Falmouth 258-7

FALMOUTH'S title chances looked in danger of evaporating at Grampound Road but, in a great fightback, they got over the line in a thrilling run chase with just three balls to spare.

Road skipper Chris Roberts made 69 not out and Alex May got 54 in a fourth wicket stand of 103. This, after opener Aaron Todd made 30. Antony Angove took three for 47.

Falmouth slipped to 131 for six in the 35th over, before Jon Udy made 54 and Adrian Noott completed the job with 59 not out. George Popperwell was unbeaten on 20 in an eighth wicket stand of 39 in just four overs.

Earlier, Matt Goldsbury made 32 and Justin Stephens 39. In an exciting finish 18 had been needed off the last two overs. Josh Sharpe, May and Steve Mathews took two wickets.

St Just 218 Truro 137

ST JUST strengthened their challenge for third spot with an 81-run win at Truro, despite the efforts of home skipper Tom Sharp who took five wickets and made a half century.

Neil Curnow made 56 and Gary Thomas hit 43 in St Just's 218 all out in the final over. The pair put on 90 for the third wicket, after Mark George departed for 19. Nick George hit 31 late in the innings.

Sharp took five for 53 from 16 overs and Rob Harrison four for 47. After losing Scott Harvey early on Sharp top scored with 56 in the Truro reply before but he was lbw to Shakil Ahmed.

It was one of seven lbws in the innings. From 111 for three the home innings dramatically collapsed to 137 all out in the 39th over. Ahmed took four for 45 and Gareth May three for 24.

Paul 170 Redruth 161

REDRUTH'S survival hopes looked promising in early August, following wins against St Austell and Callington, but three successive defeats have landed them in trouble.

Ben Brooks anchored the Paul innings. The opener made 67 before being ninth out at 168. Kieran Butler made 34 as the home side had reached 99 for one.

Neil Ivamy and Mark Jenkin both took four wickets with the last five falling for 14 runs. Redruth got to 86 for two, with Nigel Hambly (23) and Mark Jenkin (21) doing well.

Wickets tumbled however, with the last pair of Craig Williams and Scott James coming together with 19 still required.

With ten needed, Butler dramatically ran out James, with a direct hit from the covers, with over nine overs remaining. Five home bowlers shared the wickets.

St Austell 154 Camborne 155-5

CAMBORNE secured their survival with a five-wicket home win over St Austell, who have slipped back to the foot of the table, albeit by just a point.

St Austell lost their first six wickets for 77, after Dan Jarman made 28. They staged a good recovery, with John Grey making a hard hit 23, before Liam Watson ended on 27 not out.

Camborne's six bowlers shared the wickets. James Rowe removed openers Taylor Williams and Mike Bone with Jeff Carvelly, Craig Johnson and Dan Hocking also taking two each.

Camborne's top order did well, with Nick King making 23 before Sam Pooley (55) and Matt Rowe (35no) put on 82 for the third wicket. Liam Watson took three for 37.

Callington 180 Werrington 181-5

WERRINGTON had to dig deep at home to Callington before getting home by four wickets with 13 balls to spare.

The Callington innings got off to a good start but fell away after reaching 141 for three in 33 overs. Adrian Robins made 39, Dan Davis 24 and Joe White 26.

The last seven wickets fell for 39 runs with Ben Smeeth and Sam Hockin taking three wickets each. Crucially Werrington received seven extra overs to get the 181 required.

They slumped to 29 for four and then 72 for six with Aiden Libby taking three for 24 from 14 overs. Skipper Ben Smeeth however found an unlikely partner in 16-year-old Mark Gribble. The pair put on an unbeaten 109 for the seventh wicket, with Smeeth ending on 79 not out and Gribble 62 not out.

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