A SPLENDID partnership of 181 between Graham and Darren Griffiths proved to be the difference for Constantine as they faced Perranarworthal on Saturday.
Their batting display helped set up the host’s 86 run victory in their Cornwall Cricket League Division Three West clash as Constantine posted 278-6, which proved too much for their opponents.
After winning the toss at Boulder Parc, the home team decided to have a bat but they soon lost opening batsman Richard Waters for a duck as he was bowled by David Taylor before Theo Clitherow fell victim to Trevellyan North, with wicketkeeper Ben Toulson taking the catch, for 11.
When Taylor grabbed his second wicket of the day as Charles Campbell was caught be Gareth Best for 18, Constantine’s total stood at 70-3.
Then it became the moment for the Griffiths duo to take the match by the scruff of the neck and turn it in their team’s favour.
Darren, who up until this point had been going through an indifferent season with the bat, scored 57 before being caught by Best off North’s bowling in the 44th over.
At the other end of the crease, his sibling was in destructive form as he carted the bowling around the ground.
He eventually had his stumps disturbed by Philip Rees on 154, with nine fours and ten sixes to his name.
Perranarworthal struggled to keep up with the rate during their reply as they made their way to 192 before being bowled out in the 46th over.
It was their top order who let them down as no batsman inside the top eight making it to 20, with opener Andrew Brotherton’s 18 being the best.
Some pride was saved though by Stuart Madeley as the number nine batsman showed his colleagues how to do it with a fine 56 not out, featuring ten fours and a six.
Campbell was the pick of the home bowlers in the innings as he ended on four for 27 off 7.2 overs.
Despite their victory, Constantine remain in ninth place. They travel to Botallack & Levan on Saturday.
For Perranarworthal, they face Troon’s second team, who currently sit 29 points clear at the top of the table, at home.