CRICKET: Batting collapse ends Saints' hopes of going up

Mat Ambrose batting for St Gluvias. Picture: DAVID J BLANKS/CARTEL

Mat Ambrose batting for St Gluvias. Picture: DAVID J BLANKS/CARTEL

First published in Sport by , Sports Reporter

ST GLUVIAS’ second team’s hopes of promotion wilted on Saturday as their batsman collapsed to 56 all out.

Mount Ambrose claimed a 200 run victory at Kernick Road in Division Four West to ensure their hosts for the day would be playing in the same competition again in 2015.

Even if the Saints had been victorious, their chances of promotion would have no longer existed anyway as both Goldsithney and Perranporth won, giving them out of reach at the top.

Kevin Hawke won the toss for the home side and elected to bowl.

This decision seemed to be a bad one as Mark Thomas and Simon Johnson put on 128 for the first wicket before the latter was bowled by Hawke for 78.

Another wicket for the captain and one for young spinner Joe Nesbitt saw the visitors go to 136-3, but David Angell made sure his side would not collapse further as he scored 62 not out to finish Mount Ambrose’s innings on 256-6.

The Saints’ response never took off as Gareth Mitchell, with six for 23, and Simon Blackburn, four for 33, blew away the batsmen in front of them in 22.5 overs.

Only three players made it to double figures in the innings, with Nesbitt top scoring on 13 while Richard Bannister hit 11 and Mat Ambrose got ten.

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