CRICKET: St Gluvias celebrate promotion after win at Falmouth

St Gluvias celebrate a wicket taken by Ben Mitchell. Picture: CORNISHPHOTOS

St Gluvias celebrate a wicket taken by Ben Mitchell. Picture: CORNISHPHOTOS

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PROMOTION to Cornwall County Division One has all but confirmed for St Gluvias on Saturday as they defeated Falmouth’s second team by six wickets.

After coming out of their final Division Two West game with a full 20 points, they sit 19 points above Paul who face St Just this weekend.

Should both sides finish on the same points, Paul would be crowned champions.

However, because they were moved down two divisions during the off-season at their own request, the team cannot be promoted.

League rules state the next highest team will be offered the spot in the division instead, something which is expected to be ratified later this week in favour of the Saints, pictured above.

The Penryn-based side went into their match away at Trescobeas knowing already they could finish no lower than second, but had the attitude of wanting to go up as champions.

They took this determination out of the home batsman as they bowled them out for a sub-par 130 with captain Jon Udy claiming the best figures of three for 20 off six overs.

Dale Knowles, who picked up two wickets for ten, and pace bowler Ben Mitchell, two for 25, also put in good efforts with the ball.

Top scoring for the hosts was number three batsman Harry Roberts with a knock of 41. Only two of his team-mates, Andrew Varker and Paul Stephens, made it into double figures as they both scored 19.

In reply, the Saints made a dodgy start to their innings as Jake Preston fell for one run before Matt Julian was caught behind for a duck.

But a steady fifth wicket partnership from Scott Kellow, who ended on 39 not out, and Nathan Hill, who scored 42, saw the visitors over the line inside 35 overs.

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