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News Archive > Sport > Six wins on the bounce for buoyant Newquay cricketers

Six wins on the bounce for buoyant Newquay cricketers

By Tom Howe 5th July 2017

Six wins on the bounce for buoyant Newquay cricketers
IN FORM: Newquay are ramping up the pressure on the top two in County Division One

BUOYED by their unbeaten run of five matches, Newquay Cricket Club visited Division One leaders Camborne to test their mettle and came away with a very creditable 23 run victory.

The tidal wave earlier in the week made pitch preparation a thankless task and when Tom Eggins lost the toss and Newquay were asked to bat on an inevitably soft track, that task in hand became that little bit harder.

However, Joe Crane and Eggins, promoting himself to opener as a result of yet more unavailability,  did make batting look easy as they gave Newquay a flying start. When Crane was out for 32 at 85 in the 15th over, Newquay had already put themselves firmly in control.

Eggins fell for his second 50 in successive games at 98, but Camborne bowlers Sam Pooley, Nigel Endean and Sage Masher wrested back the initiative as Newquay wickets started to tumble. Callan Jenkin stood firm for a fine unbeaten 26 as others around him struggled with the conditions and a reinvigorated Camborne bowling attack as Newquay reached 135 all out in the 37th over.

The general impression was that as long as Newquay’s opening bowlers did not allow Camborne the same flying start, the 136 runs target was a challenging one and so it proved. Once again Alex Bicknell showed what an asset he is as, in tandem with the aggressive Jon Hancock, the Camborne batsmen toiled in vain.

At the 20th over, Bicknell’s figures were an outstanding 3-16 and Camborne, although the run rate required was less than three per over, had lost their top four batsmen with 73 runs still needed. Spin twins Crane and Eggins, fresh from their heroics at the head of the Newquay innings, replaced Bicknell and Hancock and slowly but surely applied even more pressure.

Crane broke the back of the innings by taking three wickets in the 33rd over with Camborne still needing 40 runs and when Eggins appropriately finished the innings on 112 by trapping Nigel Endean LBW, Newquay took quiet satisfaction from a job well done and indeed set a benchmark of how much this team has improved from the understandably rather shell-shocked outfit in April. Notably the last game they lost was at home to Camborne in the middle of May.

For Camborne, much credit is given for their efforts at producing a game of cricket that was enjoyed by players and spectators and to outstanding bowlers Nigel Endean (5-27) and Sage Masher (4-5).

For Newquay, the next challenge is Wadebridge, who replaced Camborne at the top of the league following this result, at home on Saturday.

Newquay 137 36.4 overs T Eggins 53, J Crane 32, C Jenkin 26 no N Endean 5-27, S Masher 4-5 Camborne 112 39.2 ov S Hosking 24, J Harvey 23, D Hocking 17 no J Crane 4-15, Al Bicknell 3-16, T Eggins 2-23 Newquay 18 pts Camborne 7 pts

By Tom Howe 5th July 2017

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