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CRICKET: Perranarworthal head into Mining League semi finals
PERRANARWORTHAL did not slip up in their bid to reach the Mining Division Evening League semi finals.
Their nine wicket victory away at Wendron last Tuesday means the club progress to the next stage of the Twenty20 competition after topping Pool D above St Gluvias.
Batting first at Underlane, the hosts were bowled out for just 69 with the top scorers being Sam Care who hit 20 and Jordan Oakden-Matthews with 17. Ben Toulson was the pick of the bowlers grabbing three wickets for the loss of just six runs while his team-mate Ben Shepherd picked up figures of two for 12.
In response the away side knocked off the runs with relative ease as Jim Spiers scored 34 not out with the only wicket falling during their chase being Dave Warman's who fell for 22 as Steve Walden got him out.
This victory meant it did not matter what St Gluvias did at home to Constantine in the final group match.
St Gluvias bowler Sam Kruse completed a remarkable moment on Wednesday when he got a second hat-trick in three weeks, sending Marsh Fernando, Jacob Johnson and Aron Stocks back to the pavilion in consecutive balls during their Mining League pool game at home to Constantine.
The first two victims were both caught at mid-wicket by team captain Sam Duckham before bowling Stocks. In the same over he also bowled Alex Prynn for two runs.
His efforts helped set up a 32 victory for St Gluvias in the final game of the group stage.
Duckham won the toss and elected to bat on a firm looking pitch at Kernick Road but things did not go to plan at the start of his side’s innings.
Opener Matt Ambrose was run out for a duck on the last ball of the first over before Gabriel Williams and Callum Hinchley were both bowled by James Laskowski for one.
It took a half century from Jack Hesketh batting at number two to steer the innings back on track for the hosts.
The first team regular hit six fours and three sixes during his stay at the crease to reach 65 before being caught by Ross Daly off Fernando.
Middle order batsman Richard Bannister also played a part in rebuilding the innings with 29 runs including two sixes as the home side eventually finished on 123-9.
Despite having a fairly low target to chase, Constantine struggled to keep up with the required run rate during their innings.
A good opening blast with the ball from Duckham saw him pick up three for eight off his four overs before Kruse came on to perform his magic.
Constantine were eventually bowled out for 91 with one ball to spare.