FALMOUTH had to settle for a draw at Newquay Sports Centre on Saturday to keep them in eighth spot in the table.
They ended up 52 runs short of victory, with three wickets left. It gave them eleven points however in not the worst of results. At one stage Newquay looked to be in the driving seat but Anup Revandkar made an unbeaten 112 to thwart their ambitions.
The overseas players in both sides hit centuries on the day. For the home side Usman Arshad dominated the innings hitting 115 before being fifth out with the score at 235. He got some great support from the rest of the top order.
Joe Crane (36) added 69 for the first wicket. Adam Cocking (25) put on 77 for the second and Martin Pearce (36) added 86 for the third. It saw them reach 232 for two at one stage with Revandkar picking up the wickets of Crane and Cocking at a cost of 54 runs from thirteen overs.
Falmouth picked up late wickets however. Guy Leathley took five for 58 off twelve overs as six wickets fell for 27 runs in the chase for late runs. Falmouth’s reply got off to a poor start with Richard Spall claiming the wicket of Stefan Churcher.
He only faced six balls and hit one boundary. Adrian Noott made a patient 18 off 56 balls before he was bowled by Tom Eggins with the score at 58.
Revandkar and Craig Mouatt then combined to add 67 for the third wicket. Just as Falmouth’s hopes were raised four quick wickets put them on the back foot.
Mouatt was LBW to Martin Pearce for 12 and Kieran Rodda bowled by Arshad second ball. Jacob Stephens and Harry Roberts followed, for five apiece, and at 151-7 with more than twelve overs to go a Newquay victory threatened.
Revandkar found a good partner in George Popperwell however who made 17 off 40 balls in an eighth wicket stand of 42.
Leathley then saw the visitors to maximum batting points to leave the home side frustrated. Revandkar’s 112 not out came off 144 balls. Pearce took four for 34 from twelve overs.
Falmouth next play Grampound Road.