THE season got under way on Saturday, under welcome blue skies, with all four opening group games reaching their conclusions.
The cup holders, Werrington, went down to a surprise defeat by the margin of 59 runs at St Austell. In the closest game of the day, Grampound Road snatched a last over win against Truro.
St Just romped to an eight wicket success at Camborne while new boys Redruth never seriously threatened in a seven wicket loss at Falmouth.
This weekend Callington start their campaign at home to Grampound Road on Saturday and Paul commence at Hutchens Park against Camborne.
St Austell have home advantage again over Truro while Redruth's first home game is a tester against St Just.
Camborne 161-8, St Just 163-2
It may be a new season but there was something very familiar at Roskear as St Just got their season off to a positive start.
Camborne's useful total was put into perspective as David Roberts and Neil Curnow, yet again, shared a century opening stand.
Curnow was stumped off Dan Stephens for 40 and the new Camborne skipper also got Gareth May for a breezy 25.
However, victory soon followed with over 16 overs to spare. Roberts hit ten boundaries in his unbeaten 55. Meanwhile Gary Thomas thumped a six and a four at the other end and that was that.
Camborne's innings promised much early on as Kevin Roberts (26) and Nick King (20) put on 65. The introduction of 16--year old leg spinner Philip Nicholas was literally a turning point, as he accounted for King and Matt Rowe in quick succession. He went on to take six for 33 including an excellent catch by May to dismiss Sam Pooley for 18. Seven wickets fell for 51 before Jordan Harvey made a defiant 28 not out.
Redruth 99, Falmouth 100-3
The newly promoted 'Reds' will be under no illusions about the task in hand this season and events at Trescobeas on Saturday will have done nothing to change their outlook.
The game was virtually decided in the first 40 minutes as they slumped to 9 for four in the tenth over. Dave Guffick was lbw to the third ball of the season and Justin Stephens struck again to knock over Harry Bolland, also for a duck. Antony Angove then accounted for South African Christiaan Theron and Steve Kevern.
Skipper Nigel Hambly made a recovery but once he had gone to debutant young spinner Guy Leathley, for 30, the innings slipped away.
The former Helston bowler sent down nine overs for his three for 28. Meanwhile, at the Trescobeas end, Jon Udy bowled a miserly spell of 10-5-12-2. After losing Richard Kellow in the first over, to a shot he'll want to forget, Stefan Churcher played a controlled innings of 54 not out to seal victory in the 33rd over. Neil Ivamy took two for 22.
Truro 185-9, Grampound Road 188-8
This one went the distance with the Road wining with three balls to spare.
After electing to bat newcomer Scott Harvey made 15 after the early loss of Tim Marrion. It was left for the experience of Tom Sharp (26) and Rob Harrison (34) to play the major innings.
Harrison was sixth out at 142 but the tail contributed some useful runs aided by some wayward bowling with 45 wides contributing.
New skipper Chris Roberts and David Hoskings both took thre for 43 from their ten overs.
The 'Road' were three down for 50 before Chris Hunkin (50) and Matt South combined to add 66. It was young Alex May that saw them home hitting a vital unbeaten 36. Adam Pascoe's last over began with five needed but after the loss of Jack Mingo May got back on strike to hit the fourth ball for a legside six.
Pascoe, Harrison and Tom Burford took two wickets each while Sharp's ten overs cost only 11 runs.
St Austell 154-6, Werrington 95
Few might had predicted the comfortable margin of victory that the Saints gained at Wheal Eliza.
A solid start laid the base for their useful total. Sean Hooper made 40 before being run out at 80-2 after Craig Richards had made 14.
But it was Daniel Jarman that played the key innings. He was out shortly before the end for 61 that included three sixes and two fours.
The Werrington attack all had tidy figures with Ben Smeeth (2-22) and Sam Hockin (2-33) the main wicket takers. Alex Smeeth's ten overs of spin cost 21 runs and Australian Chris Rees conceded 23 off ten overs on debut.
The Werrington top order were blown away as Gary Bone (2-11), Scott Barrott (2-16) and Liam Watson (3-14) reduced them to 35-7.
Adam and Ben Jenkin both got into double figures but the damage had been done and it was left to debutant Scott Kellow to wrap up the tail with three for 10.
Callum Wilson also making his debut sent down seven overs for 20 runs.