FALMOUTH looked to have victory in the bag at home to Redruth on Saturday but a batting collapse scuppered their hopes.

They lost by a disappointing 43 runs, with seventeen overs unused.

Needing 161 to win all looked well at first. Adrian Noott and Stefan Churcher put on 48 for the first wicket before Noott was caught behind off Shakil Ahmed for 14, Anup Revandkar was dismissed by Ben Stevens for four.

What proved to be the key wicket of Churcher followed, with the score at 88. He almost exclusively dealt in boundaries. He hit ten in all including four in quick succession off Martin Strick.

Ahmed had him caught behind however after 59 balls at the crease. Craig Mouatt quickly followed for a single and all of a sudden there was work to do. The game then quickly swung in Redruth's favour with the last five wickets falling for just eight runs.

Antony Angove was one of them having hit four boundaries in his 35 made off 41 balls. Ahmed took six for 21 from 14.3 overs and Harry Bolland three for 23.

Having been put in Redruth got off to a poor start.

Aaron Wallace was caught and bowled by George Popperwell for two in the fourth over. Next over Craig Williams was bowled by Glyn Furnival for a single.

Popperwell then struck again to have Steve Kevern caught for two and the visitors were nine for three in the eighth over.

Martin Jenkin made 22 before retiring with a hamstring injury. On his return he was out second ball to Guy Leathley.

Bolland top scored with 28 before being caught behind off Angove. At 85 for seven the writing looked on the wall but Ben Stevens (36no) and Etienne Joubert (33) put on a crucial 71 for the eighth wicket.

Popperwell took three for eleven from eleven accurate overs, that included seven maidens. Leathley took three for 47 with one each for Furnival and Angove.

Falmouth have a Vinter Cup Quarter Final tomorrow evening at Hayle, starting at 6pm.

Then on Saturday they make the long trip to the champions Werrington, who have already lost twice this season after Grampound Road beat them on Saturday by 38 runs.