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Smeeth hat-trick caps St Just's week of woe

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

  • Stan Morris bowling for St Just during Saturday's seven-wicket home defeat at the hands of leaders Werrington. CIoSP.

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St Just 110, Werrington 113-3

THE outcome at Cape Road was virtually decided in the first hour as the home side were soon in trouble, having been put in on a pitch that offered the bowlers some assistance, writes Michael Weeks.

Werrington's county opening bowlers, Sam Hockin and Alex Smeeth, needed no second invitation as they soon made inroads. David Roberts, Gareth May, Neil Curnow and Gary Thomas were all out with only 18 on the board.

Philip Nicholas (31) and Gavin Edwards took the total to 47 before Alex Smeeth claimed a hat trick, removing Edwards, Nick George and Iain McPeake.

Mark George made a defiant 36 to gain a batting bonus point. Smeeth took six for 34 and Sam Hockin three for 56. Werrington got to 34 before losing Nick Lawson. Ben Smeeth and Adam Hodgson departed in successive balls to McPeake at 52.

Nick Ward went on to make 50, however, before retiring hurt, with a hamstring injury, while Paul Smith was undefeated on 23.

Paul 130, Falmouth 131-8

THE scoreline suggests Falmouth had a close call at home to Paul but it was not quite the case.

They levelled the scores with five wickets down but lost Harry Roberts (20), Keiran Rodda and George Popperwell before the winning single came.

Damp conditions delayed the start by an hour with the game reduced to 94 overs. Paul slipped to 45 for five as Antony Angove again bowled well.

The middle order rallied as Kieran Butler made 20, Charlie Goldsworthy 24 and Tony Riggall 22 not out. The end came in the 39th over, Angove taking five for 47. Justin Stephens took two for 29 and Roberts two for two.

After losing Stefan Churcher and Matt Goldsbury cheaply Richard Kellow's dismissal for 28 made it 64 for three, before Roberts, Angove (21) and Stephens (15) took Falmouth to the brink of victory.

Riggall ended with four for 26 and Butler three for 31.

St Austell 202-9, Redruth 195

THERE was quite a finale at Wheal Eliza as Redruth almost got up to claim what looked at one stage an unlikely victory.

When last man Nigel Hambly came in to join Arron Wallace 48 were still needed off 14 overs. However, in a tense finish the pair got it down to just eight runs when Hambly (24) holed out on the first ball of the last over. Earlier Christian Purchase made 34 and Harry Bolland, Luke Johnson and Jack Thomas all passed the 20 mark. Callum Wilson and Liam Watson both took three wickets.

St Austell lost Mike Bone to his first ball and Taylor Williams soon followed, both to Craig Williams. Matt Ellison top scored with 84 and Gary Bone made 50 in a fourth wicket stand of 102.

Once parted, though, six wickets fell for 31 with Williams coming back to take five for 53.

Truro 128, Camborne 132-6

TRURO suffered a couple of early blows at Roskear as Jeff Carvelly removed Tim Marrion and Tom Sharp with only 23 on the board.

Scott Harvey (21) and Ross Chadwick (33) steadied the ship adding 52 for the third wicket.

Sam Pooley made the breakthrough as, dramatically, five wickets fell for the addition of just four runs.

The last three wickets added 48, however, with Daniel Ferris making 16. Martin Jenkin took four for 28 and Pooley three for 14.

Camborne's reply got off to a solid start as Malcolm Pooley (17) and Nick King (40) put on 64 either side of tea.

Ross Chadwick set the home nerves jangling as he picked up four wickets for the addition of only 13 runs.

That became 108 for six but Sam Pooley made a valuable 29 not out to see the home side record their second win.

Chadwick took four for 26 from ten overs.

Callington 98, Grampound Road 99-3

GRAMPOUND Road got their first Premier League win of the season with victory at Moores Park.

Callington lost early wickets after being put in. They slipped to 21 for four as visiting skipper Chris Roberts accounted for Andrew Libby, Matt Robins and Joe White.

At the other end Lewis Sanders got the important wicket of Dan Davis. That soon became 57 for seven before Nick Parker made a defiant 29 not out.

Aidan Libby (15) was the only other to reach double figures as the innings ended after 36 overs. Roberts ended with five for 34 and Sanders took two for 26.

The Road response was positive, despite losing David Hoskings for seven to Dan Callinan. Tom Hughes hit three sixes and four fours in his 42 before being bowled by county colleague Davis at 53.

Overseas player Aaron Todd was unbeaten on 24 as the winning runs came in the 25th over.

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