St Austell’s Premier season starts in excellent fashion
St Austell got off to the perfect start in their Premier Division season. Picture: Paul Williams
By Gareth Davies
19th May 2021
St Austell started their Premier Division campaign with a seven-wicket thrashing of Redruth at Wheal Eliza.
With all cricket in Cornwall washed out the previous Saturday, both teams came into the match with a significant break from their last respective outings.
For St Austell, they were last in action on May 1 in the Kernow Crash with Gary Bone’s men winning one match and losing the other against Grampound Road. Redruth, meanwhile, had been left kicking their heels for even longer with both their games over the last Bank Holiday weekend also affected by rain.
Only 6.5 overs were possible in their Crash matches at Callington meaning their last full match came on April 25 against Camborne in two T20s which ended in a win for Redruth and a tied game too.
Under gloomy skies, Redruth skipper Peter Howells called correctly at the toss and he opted to bat with St Austell’s bowlers getting first use of what appeared to be favourable fielding conditions. Initially, Redruth fared well against the new ball and reached 46 before the first wicket fell with Toby Whiteford falling for 12 as he was caught by Matt Lloyd off the bowling of Adam Snowden.
Whiteford’s dismissal then sparked a dramatic collapse which saw Redruth lose their remaining nine wickets for just 50 runs. Only Jack Hale could keep the rampant home attack at bay, and he made 56.
Liam Watson was the stand-out St Austell bowler with figures of 4-34 from his 10 overs with two maidens. Snowdon bagged two, Gary Bone one and James Carter (3-6) polished off the tail.
In reply, St Austell batted patiently and lost opener James Carter for 11 with the score on 48. Unlike Redruth, this loss didn’t spark a clatter of wickets with Michael Bone the next man to fall for 53 with the victory target just four runs away.
Three balls later and Alex Bone was also heading back to the pavilion when he was bowled by Craig Johnson before David Munn and Scott Barrott saw the hosts over the line.
This coming Saturday, St Austell make the long trip west to face reigning champions Penzance. Greg Smith’s side started their campaign with 32-run win over Callington, a team that many neutrals consider to be their nearest rivals for league glory.