Falmouth have hauled themselves back into the race to qualify for the Bond Timber Trophy League 1 semi-finals after an excellent six-wicket win at Redruth.

The visitors dismissed their opponents, who started the day in second spot in League 1 West, for 130 after 31.2 overs before meeting that target with four overs to spare.

Redruth’s usual high-scorers Sam Wyatt (22) and Toby Whiteford (4) could only muster 22 between them at the start of their innings as Scott Kellow claimed both wickets.

Kellow’s fellow bowler Antony Angove took it from there and took the next five wickets for the loss of just 20 runs to decimate their hosts’ middle order.

James Harris (10) and Jack Hale (11) were the only ones of the quintet to creep into double figures with both Ellis Whiteford and Craig Johnson failing to score as Redruth went from 40-2 to 58-7.

A useful partnership between Piran Kent (12) and Craig Williams (32) saw the home side edge into triple figures, with Joseph Cockings adding 14 before his dismissal ended Redruth’s innings at 130.

Kellow and Angove opened the visitors’ reply and put on a solid 46-run stand before Kellow was caught out.

They lost Harry Roberts for a golden duck before Angove finally departed as Falmouth moved to 60-3, but Stefan Churcher hit a very handy 35 not out off 68 balls to get the away side back on track

Mark Johnson added 12 before Kieran Rodda (26 no) came in to take Falmouth over the line and secure a hugely important victory.

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Falmouth batsman Scott Kellow. Picture by Colin Higgs

Falmouth are now 11 points behind Redruth and 15 behind St Just, who leapfrogged Redruth into second after beating Helston by six wickets.

Helston chose to bat but were limited to 122-6 from their 40 overs, with St Just reaching their target with five overs to spare.

The Pink Caps suffered the early loss of Dan Jenkin for a golden duck, although fellow opener Karl Leathley went on to score a useful 38 off 98 balls.

But he saw four more team-mates fall in that time as Mark Jenkin (25) was caught out before Steve Jenkin (1) and Ross Leathley were both bowled by Mark George just three balls apart during a devastating 14th over that also saw no runs scored.

Ciaran Johnson (6) followed before Karl Leathley finally succumbed as the score reached 96-6, before Guy Leathley (23 no) and Will Jenkin (16 no) helped to rack up a few late runs as the visitors recorded 122.

St Just were dealt a blow in the loss of opener Gareth May for a duck off eight balls thanks to Mark Jenkin’s catch off Will Eva’s delivery.

But Steve Kevern got the hosts going with a handy 25 despite another early loss of Philip Nicholas for eight.

But St Just had reached 70-3 by the time Kevern departed thanks to an excellent knock from fourth batsman Neil Curnow, who scored 55 not out off 78 balls to put the hosts in the driving seat, with an additional 12 from Jacob Harvey before Ben Ellis (4 no) provided the winning runs.

With Helston now one point behind Falmouth in fifth, it sets up a mouth-watering encounter between the two local rivals at Clodgey Lane next weekend, with the losers of that match almost certainly eliminated from the competition.

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Falmouth batsman Antony Angove. Picture by Colin Higgs

Penzance are in touching distance of a place in the semi-finals after they won by 22 runs at bottom side Camborne.

The unbeaten league leaders chose to bat first and made 164 for the loss of eight wickets, before restricting their winless hosts to 142-9.

Christian Purchase (13) and Alex Barrett (11) departed early on for Penzance before Jack Paull made 21, only for Thomas Wells to manage just one run as the visitors reached 62-4.

But Greg Smith came in to provide a fine haul of 66 not out off 90 balls to swing the match back in Penzance’s favour, despite only Glyn Furnival (18 no) also contributing double figures.

Camborne started steadily with Steve Richards and Simon Hosking scoring 13 and 11 respectively before Chris Gibson provided 54.

But cheap exits from Sam Pooley (1), Ryan Downing (6), Alfie MacDonald (1), Martin Jenkin (4) and Matt Hewitt (7) left Camborne in trouble at 124-8, and despite Liam Weeks’ 24 the hosts were 22 runs short by the end.

Penzance will qualify for the semi-finals with victory at St Just this weekend and will secure top spot if they score at least 14 points in doing so, or if they win and Redruth fail to beat Camborne.

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Falmouth bowler Richard Kellow. Picture by Colin Higgs

Truro kept their slender hopes of making the semi-finals alive with a 24-run victory at home to Callington.

The hosts racked up 224 for the loss of five wickets before the winless bottom side were dismissed for 200 in the 36th over.

Truro had opener Charlie Kent to thank for a superb 95 off 132 balls, including 12 boundaries, before he was dismissed for lbw.

Fellow opener Harry Phillips (9) had departed early on but Kyle Van Rooyen, batting at three, stepped in to make 55 from 42 balls, with Truro enjoying a commanding score of 191-3 by the time both he and Kent had exited.

Joseph Phillips (22) took Truro past the 200 mark as they reached 224.

A disastrous start to Callington’s reply saw Aidan Libby, Danny Carroll and Kian Burns depart without scoring a run, with one run from Luke Brenton (7) taking the score to 1-3.

Joe White (16) and Oliver Allsop (32) allowed Callington to get a foothold in the game before useful knocks from Nick Parker (43) and Robert Mutch (45 no) gave the visitors hope of an unlikely victory.

Alex Mortimore (18) and Adam Snowdon (16) took Callington up to 200 but the departure of final batsman Harry Sawyers for a duck ended their hopes in the 36th over.

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Falmouth bowler Louis Rudin. Picture by Colin Higgs

Werrington are all but certain to reach the semi-finals after they beat Wadebridge by nine wickets to make it five wins out of five in League 1 East.

Werrington won the toss and chose to field, dismissing Wadebridge for 107 in the 38th over before meeting that target with 15 overs and nine wickets to spare.

St Austell moved into the second semi-final spot after winning by five wickets at home to Grampound Road. The visitors managed 140-9 from their innings before the home side met that total with ten overs to spare.