THERE was a sigh of relief for Falmouth’s players and supporters on Saturday as they gained an important win against relegation rivals Redruth.
It’s not yet ‘must win’ territory, but had Falmouth conceded the double to the Reds at Trewirgie, then they would have been propping up the table for the first time this season.
As it is, they have opened up a 29 point cushion with seven games to play. There is work to do yet of course but the breathing space will no doubt be most welcome at Trescobeas.
The big games keep coming as well with another one this weekend. Newquay come to Trescobeas, lying just a point behind Falmouth. They travel with some confidence after putting up a good show in Sunday’s Premier 50/50 Cup Final against St Just.
They only needed 39 off the last ten overs, with five wickets remaining, but the dismissal of in-form skipper Adam Cocking for 88 proved pivotal.
At Redruth on Saturday, a rogue shower just before the start reduced the game by four overs. It didn’t make much difference however with the action all over at 3.37pm.
Redruth elected to bat and got off to a dramatic start with Harry Bolland caught behind to the second ball of the innings, bowled by Antony Angove. Shakil Ahmed hit Glyn Furnival for a couple of boundaries before Furnival had him caught by Anup Revandkar in the fourth over.
Arron Wallace and Martin Jenkin doubled the score to 26. But then came big trouble for the Reds, with five wickets falling for nine runs in the space of six overs.
George Popperwell bowled Wallace for four. In the next over, Furnival had Martin Strick caught behind for 11.
Then Ben Stevens, Martin Jenkin and Nigel Hambly followed in quick succession and the home side were struggling at 35-7.
Craig Williams threw caution to the wind and dealt exclusively in boundaries, hitting both Popperwell and Furnival for three in an over. He made 24 off ten balls with six fours.
He was bowled by Revandkar however and within two runs Redruth were all out for 69 in the 21st over. Furnival took four for 35.
Angove took two for eight in seven overs. Popperwell and Revandkar also took two each.
Falmouth knocked off the runs inside 12 overs with Mark Johnson, on his return from university, making 35 not out with seven fours and Adrian Noott 31 not out.