CRICKET: Bad light halts Falmouth game

Falmouth's captain Adrian Noott clips the ball onto the leg side. Picture: CORNISHPHOTOS

Falmouth's captain Adrian Noott clips the ball onto the leg side. Picture: CORNISHPHOTOS

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FALMOUTH left Grampound Road on Saturday probably breathing a sigh of relief.

As the weather closed in across the county the umpires halted proceedings at 7.20pm and within twenty minutes that was it for the night.

At the time the Road looked to be closing in on victory needing a further 41 runs to win with five wickets and 15 overs remaining.

The abandonment however gave Falmouth a valuable six points to add to their seven bonus points. It takes them 23 points ahead of bottom side Redruth, who picked up eleven in an abandoned game with Truro.

Redruth needed 84 off eight overs with two wickets remaining. Defeats for Camborne and Callington means only 26 points cover the bottom four now with five games to play.

Falmouth have a tough game at leaders St Just on Saturday while, in a relegation dogfight Camborne host local rivals Redruth.

The fact that Falmouth were able to come home with points on Saturday was mainly due to a fine innings by Arup Revandkar.

He came to the crease at the end of the first over when Chris Roberts dismissed Mark Johnson for a duck.

With Adrian Noott, the Indian put on 160 for the second wicket.

Noott was the first to go after 111 balls at the crease. He hit nine fours in his 59 before being caught off Alex May.

Antony Angove followed, bowled by Jeffrey Vandersay for seven. Stefan Churcher joined Revandkar and the pair added 57 to see the 200 up.

In a sub continent dismissal, Sri Lankan spinner Vandersay held the return catch from Revandkar.

It proved an expensive dismissal for the home side however as he had to leave the field with a thumb injury. Revandkar hit a six and 13 fours off 141 balls.

A collapse saw three wickets fall for two runs as Alex Ridd got rid of Kieran Rodda and George Popperwell in quick succession.

Churcher went on to make 40, at a run a ball, and with Glyn Furnival unbeaten on ten Falmouth ended on a very respectable 254-6 off 54 overs, with one lost due to a brief shower. Ridd took three for 31 and Vandersay two for 59.

In reply, David Hoskings and Matt Manuell put on 102 for the first wicket before Revandkar trapped Manuell for 23.

The Indian then bowled Tom Hughes third ball. Dangerman Christian Purchase became a third victim for Revandkar after he made 21.

Furnival then struck twice to remove Charlie Hoskings for four and his brother David for an excellent 90 off 68 balls with two sixes and 16 fours.

At 147-5, it was game on, but Chris Roberts, who scored 46 not out, and Josh Sharpe with 14 not out had put on 67 when play was abandoned.

Revandkar took three for 38 and Furnival two for 55.

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