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CRICKET: T20 play-off to reach semi finals
HESLTON and Mullion will have to do it all over again to decide who will play in the Mining Evening League semi finals.
A replay has been set up at the neutral venue of Constantine on Tuesday evening after the two sides finished on equal points at the top of Pool B in the Twenty20 competition.
This comes after Mullion secured a six wicket victory over their local rivals on Wednesday in their final game of the group stage, meaning they both ended on eight points with identical records of four wins and two losses.
Mullion’s captain Jake Lane won the toss and put the hosts into bat. He then opened the bowling and gave his side the perfect start by getting Tony Connor out for just four runs in the second over with Joe Casley taking the catch.
Helston’s other opening bat Roger Hannaford steadied the innings following this early loss with a splendid 53 before being caught behind by Max Roberts off Lane’s bowling.
Steven Hosking, batting at number three, also provided some valuable runs for the home team scoring 29 as Helston, who are the competition’s defending champions, ended up on 137-4 at the end of the first set of 20 overs.
Nerves could have got the better of the visitors as they knew a failure with the bat would spell the end of their Mining League campaign for 2014.
But someone who appeared nerveless at the crease was opener Gary Pollard who set the pace for the innings with his score of 66 building the path to victory, with back-up from number four Charlie Hearn who got 28 runs.
He was bowled by Sam Rule before the target was reached, but his team-mates were able to finish off the job for the loss of four wickets in the last over.
The play-off will begin at 6pm.