Cornwall's Tom Sharp and Keith Parsons talk tactics
CORNWALL maintained their interest in the Minor Counties Knock Out with a convincing 149-run win against Herefordshire at Truro yesterday.
With games at Berkshire next Sunday, and Wiltshire at St Austell at the end of the month, quarter-final qualification is still on for Tom Sharp and his men.
Yesterday's win at Boscawen Park was based on an impressive batting performance led by a Keith Parsons century in the imposing 50-over total of 311 for six, equalling Cornwall's second highest ever total in the competition.
The visitors made a lively start but Cornwall's bowlers took control with Ben Smeeth taking five wickets. Victory was completed with eight overs to spare.
Cornwall were put in but lost David Roberts early for nine when he was beaten by Luke Sellars from the city end. Parsons joined Gary Thomas and the pair put the Duchy in the driving seat, adding 147 in 31 overs.
Thomas was back to his county best, sweetly driving eight boundaries before visiting skipper Chris Boroughs bowled him for 60. Parsons was stumped just after reaching his maiden century for the county. His 106 came off 117 balls with 12 boundaries. Sharp followed shortly after, making 23 before being trapped lbw by Freddie Eburah.
Chris Hunkin and Rob Harrison added 97 in quick time. Hunkin's 44 came off only 23 balls while Harrison hit a quickfire 28 before both fell near the end.
Herefordshire's innings got off to a bright start with Dan Bassett making 24 before driving Alex Smeeth back to his brother who held the catch. Ben Stubbings followed, caught at slip by David Roberts, to give Alex Smeeth a second wicket at 46 for two.
Dan Davis and Sharp bowled tidily as the visitors got behind the rate. Hugh Jones lobbed to Davis for a return catch before Henry Langford was well held at cover by Roberts. Sharp picked up a caught and bowled with a one-handed reaction catch to get rid of David Exall.
The end came in a hurry as the last six wickets fell for 17. Ben Smeeth, who came into the side as a late replacement for Mark George, was the benefactor. His five for 22 from nine overs has been bettered by a Cornish bowler in the competition only by Paul Berryman's five for 19 against Devon in 1995.