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Cricket: Home defeat costs Falmouth top spot in Premier League

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: August 14, 2013

YES: High fives for the Redruth players as they celebrate the wicket of  St Just's Shakil Ahmed in the rain-affected match at Trewirgie.

YES: High fives for the Redruth players as they celebrate the wicket of St Just's Shakil Ahmed in the rain-affected match at Trewirgie.

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ON an eventful, showery day, Falmouth surrendered top spot to Werrington, while St Austell's fifth straight defeat saw them hit the bottom for the first time this season.

It could all go down to the final day of the season, when Falmouth entertain Werrington and St Austell are at home to Paul.

The higher tier games now start half an hour earlier for the rest of the season. Premier League games get under way at 12.30 and County One at 1pm. Divisions 2-4 remain at 1.30pm and Divisions 5-7 at 2pm.

Callington 183-8, Falmouth 159

FALMOUTH's title hopes suffered a setback with this 24-run home defeat at Trescobeas and they now trail Werrington, who easily beat St Austell by 111 runs, by eight points with five matches to go.

All had looked promising early on for the home side. Justin Stephens made an early breakthrough, removing dangerman Matt Robins.

George Popperwell and Guy Leathley both took a brace as the visitors struggled to 89 for five.

The innings was rescued by Nick Parker who made 52, including a six and seven fours. Leathley ended with four for 35 as the full 55 overs were completed.

After the loss of Richard Kellow, Stefan Churcher (23) and Matt Goldsbury (26) got to 45 before a collapse saw five wickets fall for 27. That became 110 for eight but George Popperwell made 14, adding 48 for the ninth wicket.

He was bowled by Jim Shorten and last man Tom Hoban was run out a run later. Jon Udy was left stranded on 43 not out, with more than ten overs remaining.

Grampound Road 125-8, Truro 125-9

THERE was a thrilling finish at Grampound Road, where the spoils ended up being shared after the match was drawn with the scores level. Rain interrupted play with Truro 27 for no wicket off five overs. After one over another long delay prevented resumption until just before 5pm, with 62 overs lost overall.

Truro reached 125 for eight in their 24 available overs. Scott Harvey (23), Tom Sharp (19) and Adam Pascoe (17) all contributed before Andrew Senior made 24 not out. Aaron Todd and Martin Roberts took three wickets each.

Todd (42) and Matt Manuell (36) helped the Road to 84 before losing their second wicket. Marc Lewis then took five for 22 to leave ten needed off the final over, bowled by Sharp.

After Chris Willett was held in the deep, Lewis Sanders hit a six and ran a leg bye to tie the scores. Martin Roberts was dramatically stumped off the last ball to leave Sharp with four for 32.

St Just 164-7, Redruth 36-0 RSP

IT was an on off day showery day at Trewirgie and, following the fourth interruption, play was eventually called off just before 7pm. Both sides took nine points.

St Just's remote hopes of a late title bid must surely be over but Redruth's survival hopes received another boost, with the cushion now 23 points with five games to play.

The St Just innings had been reduced to a maximum of 44 then 38 overs. It was Gary Thomas who played the major innings. Coming in at 22 for two, he hit an unbeaten 53 off 60 balls.

Kiwi Iain McPeake, who this week received the news he has been awarded a professional contract at home with Wellington Firebirds, hit a lively 29, scoring off each of his last ten balls before being caught off former Penzance and Goldsithney spinner Darren Shorland.

Neil Ivamy took two for 44. Nigel Hambly was 19 not out and Harry Bolland 15 not out when rain ended play after ten overs.

Camborne 138, Paul 140-6

PAUL were 13 points adrift at the halfway mark of the season but over the last four games they have given themselves a real chance of survival.

They now lead bottom side St Austell by 11 points and, in what could be an enthralling finale, face St Austell on the last day at Wheal Eliza.

Simon Hosking (17) and Malcolm Pooley (20) helped Camborne along to a promising 84 for two, but the innings fell away to 138 all out in the 46th over. Kieran Butler (3-11) and Callum Donnelly (3-18) were among the wickets, while Neil Pengelly sent down seven overs for only ten runs.

In reply, Paul lost half their side for 75 but Kelvin Snell took them within range of victory with 49.

He shared a sixth wicket stand of 46 with young Donnelly, who went on to win the game with 29 not out. James Rowe and Dan Stephens took two wickets apiece.

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