CRICKET: St Just batter relegation threatened Falmouth

CRICKET: St Just batter relegation threatened Falmouth

CRICKET: St Just batter relegation threatened Falmouth

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FALMOUTH have never been out of the top flight of the Cornwall Cricket League since being admitted in 1910.

But this proud record is under threat however with four games of the season remaining.

After winning at Redruth at the end of July, Falmouth were, seemingly, a comfortable 29 points clear of danger.

The scenario has changed dramatically over the last three weekends however, with Redruth picking up 45 points out of a possible 60.

They took maximum points at local rivals Camborne on Saturday, winning by eight wickets.

Camborne and Callington have both been sucked into the relegation equation with just eight points covering the bottom four teams now.

Falmouth’s cushion is cut to four points, but it has to be said Redruth have a tough run in.

They play three of the top four starting with a home game with Grampound Road on Saturday.

Falmouth meanwhile have a big game at Camborne with both sides desperate for points before Truro then visit Trescobeas on Holiday Monday.

At Cape Road on Saturday, Falmouth were put in and lost skipper Adrian Noott for eight, bowled by former Falmouth professional Justin Stephens.

The visitors then suffered a blow losing Arup Revandkar for a single, LBW to Nick George.

Mark Johnson and Antony Angove took the total to 48 before Johnson was bowled by Stephens for 30.

Angove followed six runs later, also bowled by Stephens. Stefan Churcher and Kieran Rodda combined to take the total to 84-4, adding 31 for the fifth wicket.

Then it all went wrong however starting with young spinner Phillip Nicholas having Rodda caught for 12.

A dramatic collapse saw the last six wickets fall for the addition of just eight runs with four batsmen failing to score.

Nicholas continued his recent good form to take five for 14 off 25 balls. Stephens took three early wickets at a cost of 37 runs.

St Just lost Gary Thomas early on for four, caught behind by Rodda off Angove.

Harry Medhurst made 13 before he became a second catch for Rodda with George Popperwell the bowler. That This was where the joy ended for the Falmouth bowlers though as Neil Curnow, with 33 not out, and Stephens, who finished on 26 not out, saw the champions elect home in the 26th over.

Angove and Popperwell both took one for 23. Falmouth just took one bowling bonus point from the game.

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