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Werrington pip Falmouth to league title after tepid draw at Trescobeas
A solid, if unspectacular, batting display from defending champions Werrington saw them frustrate Falmouth's bowlers at Trescobeas and secure the draw they needed to retain the ECB Cornwall Premier League title.
Chasing Falmouth's total of 164, the defending champions plodded their way to 147 for 3 off 58 overs, with Alex Smeeth's 74 not out out the only bright spot in an innings which saw Werrington's batsmen suck the life out of a game that had promised much in the build up.
After losing the toss and being forced to bat first on a damp and tacky outfield, Stefan Churcher's slick 60 helped stabilise Falmouth after the loss of fellow opener Richard Kelllow and Kiwi Matt Goldsbury to the bowling of Ian Worsnip and Chris Rees.
Antony Angove managed a useful 24, but he too fell to Rees.
Churcher's dismissal at the hands of Worsnip left Falmouth captain Adrian Noott propping up their innings, and his steady 28 helped the home side build a total of 164 all out off 51 overs.
But Werrington had no intention of chasing runs when a draw would see them over the line.
Openers Nick Lawson and Nick Ward were impressive in their determination to avoid taking any risks, but Falmouth's bowlers were still able to reduce Werrington to 37 for 3.
At that point the game looked to be heading for an exciting finale, but Alex Smeeth and Adam Hodgson's disciplined innings' drew the sting out of the Falmouth bowling attack, and despite Hodgson's dismissal for just 17, Smeeth held on, batting out the overs and ensuring the league trophy returned to Werrington.