STITHIANS were on the wrong side of a piece of Cornish Cricket history at Gorran on Saturday.
The home side rattled up no fewer than 531 for six in their fifty overs. The total is the highest ever league score, eclipsing the 513 Luckett made against Tideford last year.
The 235 made by New Zealander Tom Cross, which included 14 sixes and 21 fours, is the highest ever individual score in either the Premier League or County Division One. With Rhys Daniel (54) he put on 137 for the first wicket.
Robin Kendall hit 12 sixes and 13 fours in his 175 not out adding 292 for the third wicket. Once Cross was out there was something of ‘a collapse’as three wickets fell for 21 runs. On a day when bowling figures generally suffered Harry Burley took a creditable three for 51 from seven overs.
Needing almost eleven an over from the outset Stithians at least got their heads down and got four batting points. Kieren Webber made 41 and Harry Burley 37. Skipper Nathan Strick hit 32 and Ryan Burley 29. Dan Semple and Andrew Grant took three wickets each.
On social media at least the @StithiansCC Twitter account was able to reflect on the lighter side of the day. Amongst some of the gems to emerge this week included “It should be pointed out that if we had played Backyard Rules; 'Over the hedge and you’re out' we would have won fairly convincingly”.
Another tweet read: “Gorran got a league record 531-6 off 50 overs. Cross 235, Kendall 175*. Dropping Cross on 0 proved pretty costly.
They also tweeted: “This games gonna be an England win or a draw. No way can a side get 200 in 11 overs. Oh wait”.