7:00am Wednesday 4th September 2013
By Ben Power
FALMOUTH captain Adrian Noott said this time last week that he expected the penultimate game of the season against Grampound Road to be difficult.
Whether he expected it to be as close as it was is another matter.
After Grampound set a target of 254 for 7, Falmouth were reduced to 30 for 3, and suddenly the league title looked a long way off.
But after a sterling comeback Falmouth went on to secure victory in the final over to set up a winner-takes-all game against title rivals Werrington at Trescobeas on Saturday.
The result was helped in no small part by Noott’s battling 59 not out, but the Falmouth captain admitted he was anything but nerveless when he found himself at the crease.
Asked how he stayed calm knowing that the outcome of the game may well have rested on his innings, Noott wasted no time in answering.
“I didn’t,” he said. “I don’t do relaxing, I like to panic! There’s always a bit of panic when you’re chasing a total like that down. It’s easy not to be calm. I think Popps [George Popperwell] was fed up with me talking to him because when I wasn’t on strike I was a nightmare! But we had to win that game of cricket, it was as simple as that, so we knuckled down.
“The good thing about us is we can bat deep, and I’d always back myself in that situation. I never thought we were out of the game. Then once we got up a bit of momentum with ten overs to go we could sit back a bit.”
Falmouth won by three wickets with three balls to spare which, coupled with Werrington’s stuttering win over Callington, sets up the biggest game at Trescobeas since Falmouth last won the title in 1992.
“We’ve got everything to gain and nothing to lose,” he said. “As a club we haven’t been in this situation for years. The key for us is going out there and doing what we know we can do. They’re the defending champions, and yes we understand we need to win the game, but the reality is we’ve worked incredibly hard to get this close, so we’re just going to go out there and enjoy it.”
For Noott and his side, history beckons.
Falmouth play Werrington at Trescobeas this Saturday, September 7. The game begins at 12.30pm, with the winners crowned league champions.
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