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Churcher's classy century steers Falmouth home

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 13, 2013

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Redruth 286-5, Falmouth 287-5

FOR the second week running Christian Purchase dominated the home innings but it was not enough to prevent Falmouth, led by Stefan Churcher, make it four wins on the bounce.

After Justin Stephens struck twice at 29 for two Purchase and Mark Jenkin added 192 for the third wicket in 40 overs. Jenkin was bowled by Stephens for 79 at the start of his second spell.

Purchase went on to make 153 not out that included eight sixes and 13 fours. Stephens took five for 40.

The decision to open with spin initially worked, as Neil Ivamy got rid of Richard Kellow in the first over.

Matt Goldsbury (40) added 106 for the second wicket before Stephens (43) put on 117 for the third wicket with Stefan Churcher.

The opener went on to make 132 before he became a third victim for Ivamy, with 36 required off nine overs. Ed Farley (28no) and Adrian Noott (14no) completed the task.

St Austell 105, Truro 107-2

THE start was delayed by half an hour at Boscawen Park following the morning thunderstorms.

St Austell's batsmen found life a struggle and were unable to score at more than two an over. They got to 36 before losing Mike Bone for 25. Half the side had gone for 71 but it took them 34 overs to get there. Chris Wallbank made 21 before being dismissed near the end.

Truro's Tom Sharp took six for 33. A feature of the innings was that all ten batsmen were caught.

Gary Bone got an early breakthrough to have Scott Harvey caught for nine. Tim Marrion made 21 before being run out.

Sharp secured the win in the 24th over, hitting seven boundaries in his unbeaten 45.

Werrington 257-8, Camborne 154

WERRINGTON'S title defence could hardly have got off to a better start with four straight wins.

Nick Lawson and Nick Ward put on 152 for the first wicke before Camborne skipper Dan Stephens removed Lawson for 70 and Ward followed ten runs later for 71.

Stephens ended with six for 67 as four wickets fell at the end for only 11 runs.

Alex Smeeth, back to bowling pace, struck twice as the visitors slumped to six for three in reply.

Matt Rowe steadied things with 69 but only got support from Simon Hosking, who made an unbeaten 40 but the end came in the 45th over.

Alex Smeeth took three for 42 and Ben Smeeth three for 11.

Grampound Road 260-6, St Just 262-1

GRAMPOUND Road seemingly put a good target on the board, but St Just's old firm of David Roberts and Neil Curnow almost treated it with disdain.

They put on the small matter of 243 for the first wicket, before the Road's eighth bowler, Dan Barretto, struck to have Curnow caught for 105. It included a six and 17 fours.

Roberts, meanwhile, went on to make 128 not out off just 92 balls, which included 23 boundaries.

The win was secured at the beginning of only the 34th over. The Road's top order also impressed as they got to 172 for one. Tom Hughes made 72.

David Hoskings (34) added 72 for the first wicket before newcomer Aaron Todd helped put on 99. The 22-year-old Australian made 62 on his debut.

Matt South hit a lively 36 off 30 balls and Alex May made 24. Mark George and Gary Thomas shared the six wickets.

ST JUST'S Neil Curnow has been named as the first Cricket World Gunn & Moore Club Batsman of the Month for the 2013 season.

The 31-year-old kicked off the Cornwall Premier League season with a record-breaking knock of 229 in just 175 balls as his side demolished Redruth by 196 runs.

Curnow's 229 is the highest ever score in the top tier of the Cornwall League and the fourth highest in any division.

The Gunn & Moore Club award is awarded monthly to one non-county-contracted player from across the 26 ECB Premier Leagues.

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