Cup Final Awaits

Cup Final Awaits

St Austell slipped to ninth in the Premier Division after they lost by three wickets at Redruth on Saturday. PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY

By Gareth Davies

21st July 2021

CRICKET: At the third time of asking, St Austell will face Wadebridge in the final of the Hawkey Cup, which takes place at Wheal Eliza tomorrow night (Thursday) with a 6.00pm start.

The game has been called off twice previously due to covid-19 issues in both the Saints and Swans’ camps. With the fine summer heatwave not due to end until Friday, the Cornwall Cricket League will be hoping that the match can finally take place with no hiccups.

St Austell warmed up for the clash with a disappointing three wicket loss to Redruth at Trewirgie. The defeat sees Saints slip to second bottom in the Premier Division standings and after skipper Gary Bone won the toss, they could only make 114 all out in 34.3 overs.

Gary Bone himself top scored with 40 as only opener James Carter (15) and Matt Ellison (21) made double figures.

The Redruth bowling effort was led by Craig Williams and Ravindu Sembakutty who both claimed three wickets each. Piran Kent’s 10 overs costing just ten runs, including five maidens was key to Redruth’s strong fielding display also.

The home chase started in disastrous fashion when Toby Whiteford was run out by Matt Lloyd off the very first ball, but they regrouped before slipping from 46-1 to 57-5 thanks to the wickets of spin duo Gary Bone (2-22) and Carter (2-16).

Redruth steadied their ship although just 19 runs from home, they wobbled again as Luke Johnson (31) perished, followed shortly after by Craig Williams It was left to Ellis Whiteford (21*) and Kent (5*) to shore things up for Redruth once more and home side were victorious.

Elsewhere for St Austell on Saturday, in Division Three East, skipper Andrew Bennetts’ score of 45 was the only highlight in a total of 126 all out, batting first at South Petherwin.

Adrian Warne’s 54 led the home side to victory by eight wickets. In Division Six Central, St Austell fourths made 77-7 from their 40 overs batting first after they lost the toss against Perranporth seconds.

The table toppers knocked off the runs with ease to cruise home by eight wickets.