Stone provides sparkle as strugglers earn maiden victory

Stone provides sparkle as strugglers earn maiden victory

Stone provides sparkle as strugglers earn maiden victory

Newquay turned on the style to beat Gorran. Picture: Colin Bradbury

19th May 2021

By Matt Friday

Grant Stone starred with both bat and ball as Newquay Cricket Club’s first team notched their first victory of the 2021 season in some style on Saturday, winning by 134 runs at home to Gorran.

Newquay have had a difficult start to their County Division One campaign, losing their first three matches against Paul, Hayle and Helston before taking six points from their cancelled match against Falmouth last week.

But a superb 94 from Stone sent Newquay on their way to their maiden win of the campaign as the hosts recorded 255-8, before some sensational bowling from Stone and Dan Ogden saw the pair take nine wickets as they dismissed Gorran for 121.

Newquay won the toss and elected to bat, with openers Joe Crane (16) and Grant Stone leading by example as they reached 67 before the former was caught by Andrew Constantine.

Stone batted on as Ben Retallack was bowled for eight, before his stellar innings eventually came to an end just six runs shy of the ton, with the 109th and final ball of his innings landing in the hands of a gleeful Constantine.

Callan Jenkin came in and made 11 before he was bowled by Andrew Grant, who enjoyed a handy return of 3-37, before Constantine completed a hat-trick of catches when he claimed Michael Harding (20).
Robbie Smith, batting at six, was the man to take the hosts past the double-century on his way to a useful 38 not out off 39 balls, with Craig Swan (4), Jon Hancock (12), Dan Ogden (1) and Antony Leaney (2no) contributing late runs as Newquay reached 255.

With the first part of the job done the hosts were in a good position to land that all-important first win, but a useful opening stand between openers Jacob Lakeman and Daniel Semple reminded them that they had work to do yet.

That ended at 56 when Stone caught Lakeman off Hancock’s ball, with Stone on hand to do the same to Semple soon after, this time off Ogden’s delivery. That ignited a devastating period of bowling from Ogden, who quickly picked off William Lutey and Jamie Tabb for ducks and Joe Semple for five as Gorran laboured towards 78-5.

The visitors’ suffering was far from over as Stone stepped in and skittled out Ian Berridge (6), Constantine (1) and Ben Prynn (0).

Odgen then dismissed Michael Berridge for yet another duck to finish his afternoon with an excellent haul of 5-8, with Stone taking his fourth and final wicket of Andrew Grant to complete the home side’s convincing victory.