Semple leads Gorran to victory over Lanhydrock
Gorran match winner Daniel Semple on his way to a score of 130 in their narrow win on home soil against County one rivals Lanhydrock.
By Gareth Davies
28th April 2021
Gorran picked up their first County One victory of the campaign with a nail-biting three wicket win over Lanhydrock on home soil on Saturday.
In a high scoring encounter that ebbed one way then flowed the other, Gorran were indebted to opener Daniel Semple’s match-winning innings of 130 from just 120 balls as they eventually prevailed.
It was a much needed, morale-boosting win for Gorran after they were hammered by nine wickets in their season opener at Werrington seconds seven days previously.
Skittled out for just 89, Werrington knocked off their victory target with ease inside 20 overs to record a maximum haul of points while Gorran were left with just two from their fruitless trip east.
Lanhydrock, meanwhile, had snuck past County One newcomers Falmouth by three wickets on the opening day and even at this early stage of the season, they went into the game as slight favourites.
On a bright, but cold day due to the strong easterly breeze blowing in off the English Channel, Lanhydrock captain Ben Attfield called correctly at the toss and he opted to bat. Attfield’s opposite number Robin Kendall, looking for a vast improvement from his charges, led Gorran into the field and with just 13 on the board, the first wicket fell when Simon Benney was out for just four.
James Starkie-Old and Jack Trethewey had moved the score to 30 before three wickets fell without any change to the scoreboard to put Gorran in control. Ian Berridge claimed both Starkie-Old for 14 and James Maycock for a two-ball duck. Trethewey also returned to the hutch after a brief stay in the middle as Joe Semple held on off the bowling of Will Lutey.
Once again, Lanhydrock tried to rebuild their innings, but two quick wickets saw the visitors collapse from 73-4 to 73-6. Firstly, Kris Jones was trapped in front before Andrew Grant’s catch accounted for Jonathan Harris – both wickets coming off the bowling of Jamie Tabb.
Into the tail, Gorran had high hopes of rolling over Lanhydrock cheaply but skipper Attfield and Jame Eldridge had other ideas. The lower-order pair put on a brilliant partnership of 122 to push Lanhydrock near to the 200 mark. Eldridge was the first to go with the score on 195 for a well-made 55. This brought Fergus Baker to the crease and along with Attfield, the visitors pushed on towards a competitive total.
Sadly for Attfield, he fell just three short of what would have been a brilliant ton when he was cruelly run out in the final over and Lanhydrock finished on 246-8.
Gorran’s run chase started well and despite James Tomlinson (10) and Joe Semple (22) getting in before getting out, Daniel Semple and Kendall’s century stand looked like it would ease the hosts over the line.
Kendall fell four short of 50 when his furniture was rearranged by Ross Keast and Gorran wobbled. Grant and Lutey fell cheaply and despite Daniel Semple bringing up his century, his dismissal, with 19 left for victory, really set home nerves jangling.
They were steadied somewhat by Berridge who eventually finished on 11 not out but the fall of Tabb’s wicket, with the finishing line in sight for Gorran, gave Lanhydrock hope once more.
However, with Andrew Constantine joining Berridge at the crease, Gorran finally hauled themselves over the line with eight balls to spare.