CORNWALL’S Unicorns Counties Championship season ended in disappointment yesterday when they lost by 93 runs to Dorset at Bournemouth.
It has been a campaign to forget this year with Cornwall losing four of the six games, the first time that has happened since three-day cricket began in 2001.
They have not finished bottom of the table however as they did in 1997 after Devon’s four wicket win over Berkshire at Exmouth yesterday lunchtime ensured this.
One of the plus points of the defeat at Dean Park was the debut of the Falmouth and former Stithians opening bowler Glyn Furnival.
The 23 year old make a dream start on Sunday taking a wicket with his fourth ball and took three more as Dorset slumped to 35-5 in the first hour.
They recovered to make 204 all out with Furnival ending with an impressive six for 85 from 23 overs.
Cornwall’s failure to post a sizeable first innings total this year surfaced again however, as they slumped to 147 all out.
Matt Robins top scored with 35 and Christian Purchase made 24. Scott Harvey, a late replacement for Tom Hughes, was 24 not out.
In their second knock Dorset stumbled to 112-8 with the lead only 169 at the time.
However a crucial 77 were added for the last two wickets. Purchase took a county best 5-46 and Neil Ivamy four for 25.
Set 247 to win, in four sessions, Cornwall reached the close on day two at 88-5, but the loss of Robins for 39, in the first half hour yesterday, virtually sealed their fate as they were all out for 153 shortly after mid-day.
Dean Park – Dorset 204 (CL Park 48, TC Hicks 33, JB Lintott 30; GE Furnival 6-85, KJ Snell 2-45, N Ivamy 2-56) & 189 (JB Lintott 47, MA Wolstenholme 25; CBF Purchase 5-46, N Ivamy 4-71), Cornwall 147 (M L Robins 35, CBF Purchase 24; JB Lintott 2-21, SRJ Thompson 2-21, MW Wolstenholme 2-50) & 153 (ML Robins 39, T Williams 27; TC Hicks 5-59). Dorset (21pts) beat Cornwall (4pts) by 93 runs.