Cricket: Marlin the magician as Wadebridge avoid drop
THOUGH not as spectacular as the events in the Premier League, County Division One had its own share of drama, in the fight to avoid joining already relegated Perranarworthal.
Troon and Stithians appeared to be favourites, but both won on the last day to leave Penzance facing life outside the top two divisions.
The only previous time in their illustrious history was from 1994 to 96.
With two western teams in line to come down to division two there is no room for a second team to be promoted in the western divisions. It was similar in the east last year when Luckett and St Austell seconds were relegated, triggering the one up, and two down rule.
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Penzance 115-8 Troon 119-4
FACED with relegation to the third tier for the first time in their history this was a must win game for Troon – and they did.
In a game reduced to 40 overs they made the perfect start removing Tom Wilson and Dillon Williams for no runs.
Jonny Ludlam made 33 but after being 70 for seven there was late resistance with Jon Whittaker hitting an unbeaten 38. Jamie Goldsworthy took three for 23.
Ian Goldsworthy's 34 steadied Troon's nerves as they passed 50 without loss. Jack Angove (17), Dan Walker (12), Dan Mitchell (17) and Tom Williams (19no) all got double figures. Craig Nicholls took two for 19.
Roche 103 Stithians 104-8
ROCHE have finished third but in a surprise they lost by two wickets at Stithians. The win sees Stithians survive by ten points.
Roche were in all sorts of early trouble at 11-4 and 26-6. Jamie Trudgeon made 39 to get them to three figures. Callum Martin was the star with the ball taking six for 10.
After Nathan Strick made 32 Harry Burley's 20 not out condemned Penzance to the drop. Dan Best took four for 16 and Mark Trudgeon two for 14.
Gorran 242 Beacon 159
WITH both teams having ensured their survival the previous week there was little bar pride at stake in this encounter at Gorran.
Most of the home top order contributed with Joe Semple (35) and James Tomlinson (71) getting them to 180-4 at one stage. Dean Hawley then hit 35 and Kevin Harris 24. Dave Dowling took six for 51 from nine overs.
James Gool, Dan Mellor, Darren Proctor and Chris Martin all got twenties in Beacon's reply. Dan Semple took five for 48 to see Gorran up to sixth.
Perranarworthal 96 Hayle 98-2
PERRAN signed off life in County One with an eight wicket defeat in a game that only lasted 50 overs.
Their top scorer was extras with 21 followed by Phil Bostock with 15. Andrew Willetts was the destroyer taking six for 26 from ten overs, including three wickets in an over.
Graham Wiseman (20), Steve Richards (27), Dan Lello (31no) and James Franklin (15no) put the home side out of their misery inside 19 overs. Hayle finished fifth.