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Cornwall cricketers face fight to reach knockout trophy quarter-finals

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: May 05, 2014

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Cornwall's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Unicorns Knock Out Cup Trophy are hanging in the balance after Sunday's seven wicket defeat by Devon at Truro.

After their opening game against Wales MC at Newport was rained off, Cornwall now need to beat Wiltshire at Corsham this Sunday to keep their hopes alive.

The hosts were always up against it after Devon bowled them out for 155 with two of their 50 overs to go after Cornwall skipper Matt Robins elected to bat first.

Devon’s seamers kept it tight from the start, particularly Trevor Anning whose first eight overs with the new ball only cost six runs.

Josh Bess jagged one back to remove Ben Smeeth, then disturbed Tom Hughes’ middle and off stumps.

Ryan Bougourd had Callum Whittaker well caught in the cordon by Matt Thompson and Scott Harvey was trapped in front by Gary Chappell.

When Anning sent back opener Robins for a patient 21 off 72 balls, Cornwall were 56 for five with 25 overs gone.

Mike Bone and Christian Purchase tried to get going, but with 20 added Purchase’s middle stumped was flattened by left-armer Rob Woodman.

Bone kept going to the end for an unbeaten 34 and chip-ins from Kelvin Snell (12) and Rob Harrison (19) helped add 57 for the last four wickets.

Snell was run out by Bess aiming at a single pole, Harrison was stumped at the second attempt by Sandy Allen and Anning came back at the end to take tail-enders Shakil Ahmed and Sam Hockin.

Openers Woodman and Liam Lewis made batting look easier with a stand of exactly 100 for the first wicket.

Woodman went first, driving Purchase to Smeeth at mid-on for 28. Lewis, whose slog-sweep six off Shakil over mid-wicket was the shot of the day, was out lbw to the same bowler at 120.

Thompson was last out on 149, wafting a width ball from Snell to Bone at point. Skipper Bess and Rhys Davies got the last half-dozen needed with the minimum of fuss.

Godfrey Furse, Cornwall’s director of cricket, said a win against Wiltshire is now a must. “Lose and we are out of it, but win our last two and we can still go through,” said Furse.

On Cornwall’s performance, Furse said: “Looking at the conditions beforehand, we thought 180 was a good target and that’s what we were aiming for.

"Devon had the best of the conditions to bat in, but we didn’t help ourselves by bowling poorly at times and not scoring enough runs in the first place.”

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