Falmouth win 300 run thriller

IN an outstanding Vinter Cup quarter-final tie played at Trescobeas on Friday evening Falmouth defeated Helston by 31 runs. With some aggressive batting by both teams 305 runs were scored for the loss of only ten wickets, five by each team.

Falmouth recovered from a poor start to reach 168-5. this was due mainly to a magnificent innings of 86 not out by Mark Render who hit three sixes and six boundaries. His running between the wickets gained him a lot of extra runs.

Wicket-keeper Dean Rowe supported with a useful knock of 29 before being run out attempting a short single. Cornwall man Stephen Williams, back after a week's tour with Cornwall, was leg before for a modest 15.

Matthew Crapp (1-24), Dominic Bostock (1-26), Ian Joyner (1-35) and Tim Boston (1-54) shared the wickets.

Faced with this big total Helston went for the runs from the start with professional Rajeed Nayyer (36) and Wayne Vincent (28) scoring with shots all round the wicket.

Off spinner David Neville (3-36) broke up the partnership and Sean Turner followed with 2-35 as Helston finished with a creditable 137-5. Stephen Green (22), Dominic Bostock (21) and skipper Tim Oliver (17 not out) all batted confidently.

Saints go out

WHEN the Sunday Knockout Cup competition was introduced in 1988, St Gluvias were runners-up to St Austell. The following season the position was reversed when St Gluvias won the final against St Austell.

Since then St Gluvias have enjoyed little success in the competition and this season have been eliminated by Truro.

Batting first St Gluvias, who were one short, were dismissed for a disappointing total of 62, with 16-year-old Nick Carter taking 4-16. Only Chris Mason (11) and Alan Richards (10) reached double figures.

Ryan Driver (38 not out) and Martin Roberts (23 not out) took Truro to victory by ten wickets, reaching 63 without loss.