AFTER having a county record breaking 531 runs pummelled against the last time they met Gorran on June 14, Stithians were glad they did not chase the ball around as much on Saturday.
However, a big reason why their opponents did not match the massive score was due to the fact they bowled the hosts all out for just 63 runs as they went onto win by nine wickets in the Cornwall Cricket League County One division match.
Sat at the bottom of the league and still without a victory from their 13 matches, Stithians are now facing the prospect of going through a whole season winless as relegation stares them in the face.
Despite the embarrassing score line, the day had started well for the hosts as captain Nathan Strick won the toss and elected to bat at the New Graveyard ground.
But things turned sour quite quickly for Stithians as opening bat Ryan Burley and number three Kieren Webber both fell victim to James Tomlinson for ducks early on.
Proceedings never took a turn in the home side’s favour during the innings as wickets continued to tumble throughout.
Their top scorer, other than extras which chalked up 16, was their skipper who notched 14 runs to his name before being caught by Richard Semple off Rhys Daniel’s bowling.
By the time last man Ross Harvey was bowled for a duck by Andrew Grant, Stithians were only on 63 in 24.3 overs.
Tomlinson was the pick of Gorran’s bowlers as he ended with figure of four wickets for 14 runs off ten overs, with four maidens to boot.
Daniel also picked up four wickets in a seven over spell at the cost of 23 runs.
The visitors who currently sit in third place in the division did not hang around to complete the easy task of winning the match as they demolished Stithians’ bowling in just 5.5 overs with only one wicket falling.
New Zealander Thomas Cross, who hit 235 when these sides met in June, ended with 39 not out while his opening partner Daniels score 21 before being bowled by Webber.
Even though they had found themselves at the wrong end of another bad performance, Stithians showed they had a light-hearted side afterwards via Twitter.
The club posted: “Pickle won the toss and batted to try and give Gorran a taste of their own medicine.
“We fell an agonising 468 runs short of our target.
“It could be said that Gorran are our bogey team, if we didn’t lose to everyone else as well.”
On Saturday, Stithians go on the road to Troon.