SKIPPER HAPPY WITH GOOD PERFORMANCE - St Austell up to third in table after beating St Just on Saturday

SKIPPER HAPPY WITH GOOD PERFORMANCE - St Austell up to third in table after beating St Just on Saturday

St Austell continued their surge up the Premier Division table with a 52-run victory at home to St Just on Saturday. The win means the Saints have emerged victorious in all three of their league matches in June. Photo Colin Bradbury

By Gareth Davies

23rd June 2021

St Austell skipper Gary Bone says his side delivered a ‘decent performance’ in defeating St Just by 52 runs at Wheal Eliza on Saturday.

Bone won the toss and decided to bat first with brother Michael making 63 and, along with Hugh Parkinson (33), the pair put on 99 for the first wicket.

The middle overs saw St Just peg the hosts back by taking wickets just as partnerships were starting to build before Bone (47*) and Matt Lloyd (9) added 32 useful runs late on.

Chasing 200 for victory, the visitors lost Jordan Nicholls to the first ball of the innings when he was trapped in front by Liam Watson and they never recovered. Only Neil Curnow (59) flourished in a total of 147 all out. Victory sees the Saints rise to third in the standings, with Bone predicting that there is more to come from his charges.

“We were perhaps 50 runs short on a really good pitch after setting a good platform,” he told the Voice at stumps. “We wanted 250 after the start Mike got us and Hugh (Parkinson) started well but didn’t accelerate his innings.

Through the middle overs we slowed down and that meant we didn’t get 250, but were close to 200 and that was enough in the end really.

“The bowlers were excellent as we took early wickets and then the spinners came on and did their job. “Overall, it was a decent performance and when we were bowling, we knew they had three or four good batters.

I don’t think the guy we got out first ball was a top-end batter, but when we got him it just starts that roll for the whole team when fielding and I thought the early two wickets helped out a lot.”

After Wednesday’s Hawkey Cup semi-final against Bone and his side make the trip east to Moores Park where they will lock horns with Callington.

The Saints skipper is predicting another close encounter in arguably the most competitive Cornish top-flight seen for many years.

He added: “The league is tight and when we played at Penzance, we had them wobbling at one stage before they came through and won easily.

Callington on Saturday will be another tough day at the office, and we will turn up and do what we do, which is playing decent cricket.

“There are no easy games in this league because the teams are so close together and wins are crucial. Teams will bounce around winning against each other whilst in years gone by, games have been won by the same four or five teams.

“This year we’ve got Penzance at the top, but the rest is really tight.”