Eight-wicket victory boosts hosts’ hopes of beating drop

Eight-wicket victory boosts hosts’ hopes of beating drop

Eight-wicket victory boosts hosts’ hopes of beating drop

Newquay Cricket Club, eight-wicket winners over St Erme on Saturday; (back row, left to right): Dave Rich, Grant Stone, Luke Brennan, Jack Howarth, Matt Hartnett, Dan Ogden and Rob Burton; (front): Joe Crane, Callan Jenkin, Tommy Rodda and Mike Harding

4th August 2021

By Tom Howe

Callan Jenkin’s Newquay have put distance between themselves and the County One drop zone thanks to an eight-wicket win at home to St Erme.

In the absence of regular captain Shane Tangye, visiting skipper Tom Bunt won the toss and elected to bat with the scheduled showers staying away.

A weakened St Erme side, affected by isolations and work commitments, came up against a Newquay bowling attack with the bit between their teeth.

Matt Hartnett ended with figures of four wickets for 19, as well as three maidens. His victims included dangerous opening batsman Jack Evans, who, with more than 600 runs to his name already this season, was dismissed for just 23. David Painter was sent packing for the same score with Hartnett sending Bunt for a nine-ball duck to complete an impressive treble.

He wasn’t done yet however, with the dismissal of wicketkeeper-batsmen Graham Hill (7) completing a fine four on the bounce with St Erme 105-5. The latter two were caught by Grant Stone (2-36), whose star turn continued when he did away with Spencer Wilcock who, contributing a near run-a-ball 66, was St Erme’s main threat.

With Joe Crane making a fine cameo, taking 3-21 from just four overs, the visitors were on the ropes and, when Stone excellently caught Elliott Dodd on the boundary, you could sense this was Newquay’s day.

All out for 155 in 43.4 overs, St Erme went on the defensive but a brilliant opening stand by Crane and Stone left Newquay requiring just 41 for victory when the former was bowled by Wilcock (1-51) having made 30.

Luke Brennan suffered a two-ball duck at the hand of Jack Evans (1-53) but any thoughts of a seismic collapse, the like of which came earlier in the month against Paul, were quickly abated when Tommy Rodda (9*) joined the calm head of Stone at the crease.

By this time, Stone was already frustrating St Erme and, having survived a couple of drops, was sitting pretty on 74. His batting masterclass continued, with nine boundaries and five sixes on his way to an unbeaten 104 that saw Newquay over the line in style and in just 27.5, too.

There was also a win and a century on the adjacent pitch, where Craig Swan scored 103 in Newquay thirds' two wicket win over St Minver. Victory gives the basement dwellers a fighting chance of remaining in Division Five East, with next weekend's fixture coming against the team directly above them, St Neot Taverners.

Stand-in skipper Sam Milat also impressed with a 42 not out as Newquay made 199-8 in chasing St Minver’s total of 195/1 to win with the best part of four overs to spare.

But both Newquay’s second and fourth teams ended up on the losing side. In Division Three East, despite a score of 81* from Tim Grainger and a four-fer from Colum Taylor, Ed Mosley’s seconds were all out for 208 when chasing down St Austell thirds’ 232. In Division Six Central, captain Nick Smith’s 38 wasn’t enough for Newquay fourths who prop up the rest following a 178-run defeat at their Truro counterparts.