Paul make St Just toil hard for derby win
Paul 134, St Just 138-7
DESPITE sitting at the bottom of the table, Paul will take heart from the previous week's narrow defeat against leaders Falmouth and this close call in Saturday's local derby at Cape Road.
When St Just's seventh wicket fell another 18 runs were still required for victory, but Gareth May (43no) and skipper Nick George (6no) ensured there would be no repeat of the shock Vinter Cup result in June.
St Just had lost Mark George and the prolific Neil Curnow with the score at nine. Gary Thomas hit 47 and despite Iain McPeake and Ahmed departing for ducks, May and George steered the home team to victory in the 34th over.
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Matt O'Leary took three for 26 and Keiran Butler and Callum Donnelly two apiece. Earlier Paul reached 77 for one before the innings fell away. O'Leary and Kieran Butler both made 23 but opener Ben Brooks played the anchor role made 46 before being ninth out.
Shakil Ahmed took five for 22 and Gareth May four for 41.
Werrington 211-9, Truro 198
WERRINGTON took maximum points to keep the pressure on Falmouth at the top of the table, but they had to fight at Boscawen Park before winning by 13 runs with nine balls to spare.
Werrington's Nick Lawson (19) and Jon Bye (20) put on 43 before Ben Smeeth was run out for 36. Adam Hodgson hit 33 and Paul Smith 27. Tom Sharp took four for 54 and Rob Harrison three for 32.
Truro had a dramatic start, losing Tim Marrion and Sharp in Alex Smeeth's first over. He also accounted for Scott Harvey and Ross Chadwick to make it 24 for four. Harrison (30) and Kyle Van Rooyen (75) added 107 for the fifth wicket to give the home side real hope, but both were out with the score at 131. That became 169 for nine before a late rally saw Adam Senior (22) and Chris Phillips (15no) put on 29.
Alex Smeeth took five for 37 and his brother Ben three for 31. Truro slip a place to fourth, 39 points off the pace.
St Austell 120, Falmouth 124-3
SINCE returning to the Premier League, St Austell have had five mid table finishes but they face a real scrap this year to maintain their status.
They are only three points better off than bottom side Paul, whom they host on the final day of the season. Falmouth still lead Werrington but by only five points now after dropping a couple due to an over rate below 16 per hour.
Justin Stephens made early inroads as the home side were reduced to 27 for three with Taylor Williams, Mike Bone and Sean Hooper all dismissed cheaply. Matt Ellison saw the hundred up, making 36 with 35 extras included in the 120 all out in 46 overs. Stephens took three for 17 from 15 overs and George Popperwell three for 29.
On his return to the side Matt Bacon made 23 for Falmouth, before being out at 54. Richard Kellow (29) followed four runs later. Matt Goldsbury (30) and Stephens (30no) saw their side home. Mike Bone took three for 41.
Redruth 152-8, Callington 91
REDRUTH have given themselves some hope of surviving the drop, thanks to two back-to-back victories.
Few would have fancied their chances at Moores Park in a game delayed until 3.30pm due to rain. When play did get under way, Redruth made a useful 152 in their 34 available overs.
Former skipper Nigel Hambly made a useful 22 at the top of the order, adding 42 with Harry Bolland, who went on to make 31. Christian Purchase was dismissed by county colleague Dan Davis for 15. Mark Jenkin hit 31 before becoming one of Andrew Libby's four for 35.
The Callington innings was something of a procession after Neil Ivamy snapped up Adrian Robins and Dan Davis for ducks. After Matt Robins (16) followed at 28 only Joe White got double figures. He ended on 41 not out as Redruth won with a ball short of four overs to spare. Purchase took four for 32 and Ivamy and Jack Thomas two each.
Camborne 167, Grampound Road 156-9
PREMIER League draws have been few and far between this year but the second of the season came at Roskear.
It was a tense, last ball affair, however, with Grampound Road's tenth wicket pair of Lewis Sanders and Ben Rowse at the crease, just 12 runs short of victory. They had put on 13 when the overs ran out.
Martin Jenkin was promoted up the order for the home side and made 37 as the hundred came up for only three wickets. Liam Weeks hit 27 late in the innings after Dan Stephens had made 23 and opener Simon Hosking 22. Aaron Todd took four for 44 and Ben Rowse three for 30.
The Road innings was all about two batsmen as Todd (46) and Chris Roberts (54) were the only ones to get into double figures, adding 63 for the third wicket. They looked in real danger of defeat at 112 for seven before the tail rallied. James Rowe, Craig Johnson, Jenkin and Stephens all took two wickets.