Saints see off Newquay to reach Hawkey showpiece

Saints see off Newquay to reach Hawkey showpiece

St Austell, seen here in action against Callington on Saturday, reached the Hawkey Cup final. Photo Colin Bradbury

By Tom Howe

30th June 2021

St Austell have the chance to banish the demons of their 2018 defeat to Werrington after winning by 38 runs at Newquay to secure another home Hawkey Cup final.

The last four encounter was finally able to take place having been pushed back a week after a member of Newquay’s first team had tested positive for coronavirus.

Home skipper Callan Jenkin called correctly at the toss and elected to field, with Michael Bone and Matt Ellison hoping to improve on the 18 runs they contributed to St Austell’s quarter-final win at 2019 winners Grampound Road, who, after the competition was scrapped last season due to the outbreak of covid- 19, remain holders.

They did just that, building a partnership of 35 before Ellison was dismissed by Tommy Rodda (1-26). Number three batsman Alex Bone joined brother Michael at the crease and the two were able to move St Austell to 82 before the former became the first of Jon Hancock’s three victims (3-36) having made 23.

The third of St Austell’s siblings and captain, Gary, survived the blow of losing Michael (35) caught by Grant Stone off the bowling of Matt Hartnett (1-31) to run up a 21 ball total of 35 but, further down the order, only Hugh Parkinson could join his predecessors in double figures (12) as the visitors completed their innings on 159-6. Newquay, nine wicket winners at Roche Old Boys in the previous round, put on 27 for the first wicket with the competition’s leading scorer, Stone, outliving his opening partner, Joe Crane, who was trapped leg before for nine.

Crucially, the next batsman to fall was indeed Stone (21), who had plundered 74* in the aforementioned victory against Roche, with Matthew Lloyd (1-25) the man to take the spoils. Rodda and Jenkin combined for Newquay’s best partnership, steadying the ship with a combined total of 31, but when the latter was caught by David Munn off the bowling of Curtis Dalby (4-13), the hosts were 78-3 and running out of options more than halfway through their innings.

Proficient with the ball, Hancock showed his credentials with the bat with a fine 23-ball knock of 31* but, with Dalby showing some inspired form, Newquay’s lower order batsman came and went with little fanfare.

Captain Gary Bone also caught the eye, posting figures of three for 17, with both players saving their season’s best performance for the big stage.

Losing seven wickets for the addition of just 14 runs, the tie had slipped away from Newquay and, despite a late 29-run salvo from Hancock and Ed Mosley (9*), the evening belonged to St Austell who progress into what will be a home final against Wadebridge, who were emphatic eight-wicket winners over 2019’s beaten finalists, Callington.

After restricting the visitors to 108-8 (Rob Mutch 31*, Dan Davis 23; James Turpin 2-11, Elliot Dunnett 2-21), Wadebridge took a touch over 12 overs to secure victory with Turpin playing the role of main protagonist with a fine 55*.

The showpiece tie between the two sides is provisionally booked for Wednesday, July 7, with a 6.00 pm start at Wheal Eliza.