A TENSE finish gripped the local derby in the Cornwall Cricket League’s Premier Division as Redruth defeated rivals Camborne at Trewirgie on Saturday.
In a match reduced to 36 overs per side as rain prevented play early on, the hosts chased down their opponents total of 179 with five balls left to spare, winning the game by five wickets.
The result is just the second victory of the season for Redruth, who remain at the bottom of the table by nine points despite the win.
Earlier this year, it was Camborne who took home local bragging rights as they beat their neighbours by 41 runs, having scored only 103 before rattling through Redruth for 62.
Once the grey clouds cleared away enough to begin play in a reduced format, Camborne captain Matthew Rowe won the toss and elected to bat.
Nick King fell for seven runs early in the innings with the total on 12 as wicketkeeper Steve Keverns caught him off home skipper Ben Stevens’ bowling.
Rowe did not last long either, departing for 15 after being caught by Arron Wallace off Etienne Joubert, and with the score at 32-2, it appeared the visiting captain may have made the wrong choice at the toss.
But proceedings improved for Camborne as opening batsman Kevin Roberts was joined by Sam Pooley at the crease.
The duo put on a partnership of 64 for the third wicket before Pooley was bowled by Shakil Ahmed for 40.
Roberts was then involved in another half century partnership, this time with Daniel Hockings, with the pair scoring 62 together before the opener finally departed for 59 as Wallace caught him off Stevens bowling.
Redruth did not pick up any wickets after this as Camborne finish the innings on 179-4 with Hockings on 24 not out.
In soggy conditions, Camborne were happy with their total.
This delight increased when Ahmed out for 20 after Roberts caught him off Jefrey Carvelly after the hosts had made a decent start, making 40 runs for the first wicket.
But the tide turned for Redruth with their second wicket partnership as Harry Bolland and Martin Jenkin put on 101 together before the former was caught by Carvelly off Craig Johnson for 63.
Jenkin would also reach his a half century soon after. He then departed for the same score as Bolland with Redruth still needing nine runs to win and two overs left.
With all eyes on the scoreboard, it was left to Kevern and Nigel Hambly to nudge their team over the line, doing so in the final over.
Some pride was restored to Camborne as their seconds beat their counterparts from Redruth in Division Two West.
Camborne got their opponents all out for 116 with Allan Smith doing the most damage as he finished on six for 31 off 12 overs.
Simon Hosking then made light work of the Redruth bowling attack as he plundered 70 runs, with eight fours and four sixes, before being caught by Piran Kent off Ellis Whiteford.
However, Camborne needed just four to win and this was achieved by Martin Woolcock whose only scoring shot of the match was a boundary, wit Chris Gibson finishing on 37 not out.