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ECB Cornwall Premier Cricket League review, July 27

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 31, 2013

  • HOWZAT? St Austell opener Mike Bone survives a very confident lbw appeal by the Redruth players at Trewirgie on Saturday. by Geoff Hichens.

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St Just 312-6. Werrington 199

ST JUST are refusing to rule themselves out of the race for the Premier League title after an emphatic 113-run victory over table toppers Werrington at Ladycross on Saturday.

Having beaten new leaders Falmouth a fortnight earlier, St Just are only 31 points adrift, with seven games still to play, and are at home to Paul this Saturday.

For the third successive week, Neil Curnow hit a century as St Just amassed 312 for six against Werrington.

He made 123, putting on 177 for the third wicket with Gary Thomas, who made 102 off 91 balls including six sixes.

Earlier, Mark George made 54 in a first wicket stand of 102 with Curnow. Sam Hockin took three for 76. Nick Lawson (50) and Jon Bye (23) put on 68 for Werrington's first wicket.

After Gareth May removed Alex Smeeth cheaply, Ben Smeeth hit 42 and Adam Hodgson and Hockin 21 each. The last seven wickets fell for 43 ending at 199 with four overs left.

Left-arm spinner Shakil Ahmed, playing his first Premier League game for St Just, took five for 38 and May three for 58.

Redruth 231-8. St Austell 139

THIS was a big win for Redruth who have moved nine points off the foot of the table but these are worrying times for St Austell as the cushion between themselves and bottom side Paul is only six points.

Redruth skipper Nigel Hambly stood down during the week with Neil Ivamy taking over the reins.

One of his first decisions was to put Hambly at the top of the order and after losing Harry Bolland cheaply, Christian Purchase (58) and Hambly (12) added 78 for the second wicket.

Mark Jenkin made 49 and Steve Kevern and Christiaan Theron both got 20s in the 231 for eight. Joe Parkinson took three for 57 and Scott Barrott three for 44.

The loss of three wickets for six runs saw St Austell slip to 67 for five after Mike Bone made 25. Gary Bone got 24 in the 139 all out in the 46th over. Purchase took four for 38.

Grampound Road 64. Callington 67-2

IN quite a remarkable game at Grampound Road, the home side crashed to an eight wicket defeat by mid afternoon.

The Road got off to a good enough start, but from 26 without loss they collapsed dramatically to 64 all out. Jim Shorten and Aidan Libby bowled their 16 overs spells off the reel.

Shorten conceded 16 in his first two overs, but ended with excellent figures of five for 38. In great support Libby took two for 20 with nine maidens.

Only Tom Hughes (21) got double figures, with Matt Manuell's eight the next best.

Callington lost Adrian Robins and Dan Davis for nought, to Aaron Todd, but incredibly Matt Robins blitzed 63 not out in an innings that comprised of a six, 12 fours, 3 threes and 10 dots.

The only other runs came from a ball that went for four wides. The win came in just 6.1 overs.

Paul 132. Falmouth 135-9

THE result at Hutchens Park could hardly have been be narrower as Falmouth scraped home by one wicket.

The consequences however, saw Falmouth take over at the top of the table, while Paul slipped to the bottom. The home side got to 38 without loss before losing four wickets for 14 runs.

Opener Matt O'Leary went on to make top score of 39, after his opening partner Rhys Brownfield made 17.

There was an important last wicket stand of 20, with young Callum Donnelly getting 17 and Ben Brooks 11 not out. Antony Angove took five for 41 and Guy Leathley four for 28.

Falmouth after being 48 for one, slipped to 62 for four at the tea break. Angove (20) and Adrian Noott (19) got to 99 before five wickets fell for 24 runs.

George Popperwell (11no) and Tom Hoban (4no) got the winning runs. Kieran Butler produced a season best of seven for 58 which almost got the home side victory.

Camborne 166. Truro 168-2

NOT for the first time this season, Camborne's top order collapsed, but the innings was saved by the lower order.

Kyle Van Rooyen made early inroads, as the visitors slumped to 28 for five. Sam Pooley dug in with 33 after Nick King made 18.

Craig Johnson made an excellent 53 not out, batting at number nine. Van Rooyen did the early damage taking four for 60 with two each for Tom Sharp and Chris Phillips.

Jeff Carvelly made a couple of early breakthroughs to dismiss Tim Marrion and Scott Harvey.

Following his century the previous week, Sharp was in great form again, making 91 not out with Ross Chadwick (46no) shared in an unbroken stand of 132.

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