MULLION hosted Hayle in Division Three West on Saturday and won a close fought game, in which the visitors will rue not taking the spoils.

Home skipper Martin Hearn won the toss and batted first. However, they found themselves on 23-3 before Jim Pearson, 66 not out, and Dan Johnson 30 got the innings going.

But when Johnson went, Mullion wickets fell at regular intervals and even with the return of young Stephen Green, who scored eight, they were all out for 147 on a good pitch. Mark Smitheram bowled well taking six for 43.

Hayle appeared to be going well and whilst Andrew Gouldthorpe and Matt Lello were batting the score was moving nicely to 36-1, but when Lello was bowled by Charlie Hearn, Hayle found their scorecard reading 46-6.

Gouldthorpe, 52, remained and with skipper Jamie Cameron, 27, Hayle again looked likely winners but good catches were taken to get them both and Hayle ended up all out for 121.

For Mullion, Johnson got figures of three for seven, Jack Casley three for 34, Hearn two for 32 and a wicket each for Mike Cockings and Trevor Lee, This bowling effort turned around a game where the contribution of Pearson in the first innings became more important in a close fought game.