Centurion Davis is the hero as Cornwall hold out for thrilling draw
Cornwall’s Minor Counties Championship season ended both dramatically, and positively, at St Austell on Tuesday evening, writes Michael Weeks.
In a match which gripped a healthy last day crowd to the final ball, Cornwall valiantly held out for a draw, surviving three late big appeals.
They had been set a record breaking 351 to win, in a minimum of 85 overs (that became 93 in reality).
They ended on 316 for nine with the last pair of Dan Davis and Shakil Ahmed surviving the last 40 minutes, adding 45.
Davis was the day’s hero hitting the only century of the campaign. He ended on 131 not out off 209 balls with two sixes and 18 fours.
So Cornwall, the defending champions, end a transitional season with a creditable two wins, a draw and three defeats, which is enough to see them in seventh spot with Oxfordshire’s last gasp defeat at Sidmouth.
Cheshire are the champions after drawing with Shropshire.
Wales caused some last day anxiety by moving to the top of the table, with a two day win at Dorset. Cheshire could not afford to lose and made sure by batting out much of the final day at Nantwich.