Sorry Newquay skittled

Sorry Newquay skittled

Sorry Newquay skittled

Newquay suffered an 88-run defeat to Paul on Saturday in County Division One. Photo Colin Bradbury

7th July 2021

By Tom Howe

An understrength Newquay lost ten wickets for the addition of 20 in the space of a little more than ten overs to give Paul an 88-run win at the Sports Centre.

Grant Stone took 4-31 and Joe Crane 2-18 as Paul were skittled for 156, with Kameron Collins making 34 and Ross Williams 27.

Newquay’s reply got off to a good start but once the first wicket fell, that of Crane for 20, the others followed in quick succession as Callan Jenkin’s side collapsed from 48-1 to 68 all out.

Matthew Lawrence posted figures of 5-23 while skipper Keiran Bowden helped himself to 3-12 as five batsmen were dismissed for ducks including the unfortunate Dan Gray for a rare diamond duck when run out by Joe Sharp.

Earlier in the day, home captain Jenkin had called correctly at the toss and elected to field against an in-form Paul outfit who had gone through the whole of June unbeaten.

The hosts got off to a promising start as they dismantled Paul’s top order with Matthew Skewes (6) and Matthew Lawrence (5) bowled by Tommy Rodda and Colum Taylor in quick succession.

However, from 31-2, the Paul pair of Collins and Ben Brooks combined for a partnership of 36 before the former became the first of Stone’s four victims. Brooks soon followed, he too at the hand of Stone, as was Damon Nicholls who came and went for seven after an excellent caught and bowled from the former Falmouth ace.

The Paul innings were in the balance at 85-5 and Newquay smelt blood. However, the momentum soon swung back in the visiting team’s direction with Williams and Bowden putting on 35 before Jacob Pengelly replaced his skipper at the crease and combined with Williams for a further 26 to close on 150.

After that the final set of batsmen fell for just ten runs, with the highlight being Ed Mosley (2-27) stepping up from Newquay’s second team to take his first couple of wickets in the second tier of Cornish cricket. Just seven days prior, Newquay were bowled out by Lanhydrock for 63, their lowest score since making 78 when chasing 213 at Tideford in September 2019.

Chasing 157 for victory, Newquay’s weakened line-up was heavily weighted towards the top end. Crane and Stone took on the responsibility with aplomb as the pair put on 48 for the first wicket.

At that moment, the game ceased to be a contest as Paul whittled away at the rest of Newquay’s charges in super quick time with Tom Rhodes, Jenkin, Rob Burton, Gray, Taylor and Mosley all having zero by their name on a dour looking scorecard.

When confidence is undermined, it can take an age to rebuild and results in recent weeks will hurt a club of Newquay’s stature. However, providing they can improve their faulting availability, there are more than enough games to turn around their fortunes and start looking up the County One table.

The fixture list hasn’t been too kind, however, with title chasing Falmouth their hosts on Saturday. Following that though, basement-dwellers Gorran and Redruth, a team by no means out of sight in eighth, wait in the wings as potential morale boosters.

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