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Cricket: St Ives deep in the mire after defeat by Leedstown

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: August 15, 2013

Penzance skipper Josh Fletcher in batting action during Saturday's County One home defeat to Roche. See page 79.

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THE Division Two West relegation fears of St Ives received no favours as bottom side Leedstown gained only their fourth win of the season, writes Michael Weeks.

After being reduced to 44 for five Andre Otto made 34 to see the total to 107 all out. Andrew George and Luke Stuckey took three wickets each. Having lost three wickets for 44 Nick Verran (46no) and Stuckey (20no) kept Leedstown's hopes of beating the drop alive.

Paul seconds remain above St Just seconds following a two wicket win at Cape Road. Ryan Harvey made 89 for the home side, with Richard Hall taking four for 30. Max Miller top scored with 47 for the visitors. Damon Fillery took four for 36.

Rosudgeon lost by 46 runs in a game reduced to 40 overs at Camborne. Matthew Skewes took five for 34 to restrict the home side to 171 for six after being 102-2. Mark Waters made 43 not out in the reply.

It was quite a day at the top of Division Three West as title chasing Gulval lost by 208 runs at home to bottom side Constantine. After being 0-2, the visitors recovered to make 281 for seven. After the two early strikes Tom Curnow ended with three for 88. Gulval collapsed to 73 all out in reply.

The only saving grace was that leaders Praze were equally shocked, with a four wicket home defeat to strugglers Mount Ambrose. Hayle seconds made 220 at Beacon. Paul Lello made 54 with a damaged hand while Andrew Gouldthorpe, Jamie Harvey and Jamie Cameron all got runs in the 220-8. Five Hayle bowlers shared the wickets as Beacon were bowled out for 194.

Division Four West leaders Botallack & St Levan had to fight hard for a three wicket home win over Porthleven, in a low scoring game. Richard Harmer (5-15) and Dan Tregear (5-33) bowled Porthleven out for 70. The home side lost seven wickets in reaching their target with Rob Atkinson top scoring with 15. Goldsithney beat Perranporth by 76 runs at Tregurtha View. Giles Lawrence made 57 in their 156 all out. Matthew Lawrence took five for 19 to bowl Perran out for 80.

St Buryan enjoyed a seven wicket home win over Truro thirds after restricting the visitors to 130-9. David Wynter had remarkable figures of 12-7-9-3. Allan Booker hit 51 as St Buryan cruised to victory in the 31st over.

Elsewhere Kevin Nankervis (69no) and Kim Smith (56no) saw Penzance seconds to an eight wicket win over St Gluvias. Jim Mckenna made 98 not out for St Just thirds in a six wicket win over Ludgvan seconds.

The rearranged West Penwith Evening League play-off between Halsetown and Paul takes place at Penzance tonight at 6pm (Thurs). The final is scheduled for next Tuesday at Penzance at 6pm.

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