St Austell miss out in home T20 double

St Austell miss out in home T20 double

St Austell tail-ender Liam Watson in action for his side during their Premier Twenty20 opener on Saturday.

By Tom Howe

21st April 2021

Wadebridge did the double over hosts St Austell at Wheal Eliza on Saturday as both teams got their Cornwall Cricket League’s Premier Twenty20 competition underway.

In the first of two matches played between the sides on the day, Wadebridge set St Austell a target of 217 before bowling their opposition all out for 143 to win by 74 runs.

The second encounter was far closer, with St Austell falling an agonising six runs short of their required score of 175. Gary Bone’s side sit third from bottom in the standings after week one, above St Just and basement dwelling Werrington, to whom St Austell visit on Saturday for their second double-header.

Wadebridge captain Callum Wilson won the first battle of the afternoon, taking the spoils in the toads and putting his side into bat. It looked an inspired decision as James Turpin raced to a 49-ball 105 that included eight boundaries and seven sixes. He was backed up by fellow opener Matt Butler, who struck 78 from 41 deliveries.

Liam Watson did the business with ball in hand, taking three wickets for 33 runs, while Bone made Butler his solitary victim as Wadebridge made 217. In response, St Austell faltered to 37-3 before Alex Bone raced to 49 from 28 deliveries. When run out by Charlie Ellis (4-19) one short of his half-century, the hosts found themselves 102-4 but there was little movement after that, with only Gary Bone (27) and Watson (14*) breaking into double figures.

Wadebridge came out on the wrong side of the toss in the second game too.

Once again choosing to bat, Turpin continued his fine fettle with a 16-ball knock of 31, but it was Matthew Robins (48) and Kelvin Snell who led the line with respective scores of 48 and 46 in this particular innings. Matthew Lloyd took charge of the resistance, taking two wickets for 21, with Watson and Adam Snowdon taking a victim apiece.

Chasing 175, Alex Bone came agonisingly close to bringing up a 50, this time caught by Chris Rogers two runs from that particular total. James Carter did get over the line however, hitting two boundaries and five sixes in a 39-ball score of 58 although Wadebridge (Wilson 3-20, Snell 2-27) managed to hold the home team at bay and take a full four points from their afternoon’s work.