Skipper leads side to final in cup thriller

THURSDAY’S Vinter Cup semi-final at Boscawen Park went right to the wire, Falmouth keeping their nerve to win when all seemed lost.

Troon elected to bat and mustered a most respectable 131-7 against the Falmouth attack.

Falmouth looked down, if not out, at 71-6 off 12 overs.

Skipper Sean Hooper carried his bat for a match-winning 64 not out off 66 deliveries.

Troon lost Shears to Turner for eight at 27, Martin Jenkin (2) was out at 29, and Malcolm Dunstan was Toseland’s second wicket for three at 47.

Toseland removed Trease (21), stumped by Rowe, at 70.

Turner removed Moyle (10) at 84, then Neville bowled Keast for a duck at 87.

Toseland struck a telling blow with the wicket of Angove who was dropped.

Steve Williams was run out for 0 at 11-2 in the third over.

Moyle’s five wickets cost 36 and after ten overs Falmouth looked in some trouble at 61-5, having lost Stephens well caught by Trease off Spencer.

Keast stumped his opposite, Rowe, off Spencer who at one stage with Meneer brilliantly caught by Shears, took 3-13.

Turner gave a return catch to Dave Jenkin at 64-6 in the 11th over and Troon looked set for a win.

Hooper played a masterly role, supported by former St Gluvias player Jon Nesbitt, who hit a fine six off Spencer.

The return of Bell did not put the brake on as expected. Lapses by Bell in the field and taking returns were costly, Falmouth at 102 off 17 were just ahead of Troon.

Bell bowled the final over, with Falmouth needing eight runs to win, with Hooper and Nesbitt doing so to get them over the line.