Falmouth 175, Redruth 113

Falmouth’s seventh ECB Cornwall Premier League win of the season has pushed them up to sixth in the table, their highest position since the end of June.

They were beaten at Redruth on Spring Bank Holiday Monday by 77 runs, but gained revenge by a similar margin of 62 runs on Saturday.

Redruth’s Pakistan overseas player, Muhammad Wajihuddin, got 99 in that encounter but he was an absentee on Saturday, having already headed home.

Falmouth elected to bat and make a good fist of it early on, despite losing Stefan Churcher to Martin Strick for four. Kieran Rodda made 19 but the innings turned when he was trapped in front by Ryan Tonkin, with 40 on the board.

Within seven runs Guy Leathley, Jamie Stephens and Harry Roberts had all departed at 47 for five. Callum Whittaker and Jordan Thomas steadied the ship to add 46 for the sixth wicket. Whittaker was caught behind off Chris Johnson for eleven and Duncan Ayres made it to double figures before becoming the first of three victims for young Ellis Whiteford.

Thomas went on to make 60, his maiden Premier League half century.

There was a sting in the tail of the Falmouth innings as the last three wickets added a very useful 55 runs.

Sushan Bhari was unbeaten on 17 after George Popperwell (16) had helped to add 28 for the last wicket. Ellis Whiteford took three for 29 after Tonkin, Martin Strick and Martin Jenkin all took two each early on.

Redruth made a positive start although Ayres had Luke Johnson caught by Sean Hooper for eight.

Toby Whiteford and Jenkin moved the total to 52 before losing their second wicket. Jenkin became a second victim for Ayres and five runs later Whiteford was bowled by Thomas for 30. Peter Howells made 22 but the innings fell away with the last five wickets falling for 24 runs.

Jamie Stephens picked up four for 21 with two each for Ayres and Popperwell.

Falmouth make the trip to bottom side Newquay on Saturday.

The centre of attention will be Truro’s clash with St Just at Boscawen Park.

After their defeat at St Austell on Saturday Truro trail St Just by just a point, so whatever the result on Saturday the title outcome is likely to go to the final day. Falmouth host St Just and Truro travel to Grampound Road.