Stone stars again as his great start to season continues

Stone stars again as his great start to season continues

Stone stars again as his great start to season continues

Newquay recorded a five-run win against Redruth in County Division One. PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY

26th May 2021

By Tom Howe

Grant Stone took his tally for the season past the 300 mark as Newquay ran out narrow five-run winners over County Division One rivals Redruth at Trewirgie.

The former Falmouth batsman scored 330 runs in nine outings during the covid-hit 2020 campaign and is now just 23 short of that mark having made just six appearances this term.

He top scored with a 47-ball 44 as Newquay set their hosts a target of 151 for four. With ball in hand, Stone capped another superb performance with a fine 3-30, moving his list of victims for the season into double figures (11).

Tommy Rodda (2-23) also proved a thorn in the side of a home team who saw batsman fall to the prowess of Jack Howarth (1-17), Jon Hancock (1-25) and Joe Crane (1-25).

The victory, Newquay’s second on the bounce in Cornish cricket’s second tier, sees them up to ninth in the standings ahead of this Saturday’s trip to nearby Castle Field, where seventh-place St Erme wait in the wings.

Batting first after losing the toss, Newquay’s opening duo of Crane and Stone put on 70 for the loss of the first wicket, the former sent packing for 30 when caught by George Bolland off the bowling of Josh Pengilly (2-24).

Ben Retallack joined Stone at the crease, with the pair combining to see Newquay close on triple figures before Connor Poulton’s catch brought the latter’s knock to an end.

Retallack (36 not out) took over control of Newquay’s innings as Luke Brennan (nine) and Rodda (four) came and went, with Aaron Hawken’s 14 not out helping his side complete a 30-over tally of 151 for four.

At 52-4, Redruth were wavering slightly and required the cool heads of Gary Stephens and Connor Poulton to combine for a solid 37 partnership and steady the ship.

Once Rodda finally got the better of Stephens (26), wicket taking fell back into its earlier rhythm as Poulton and Alasdair Faull went for just a further total of 11.

However, the war was not yet won as Steven Parker-Billinge smashed a 30-ball total of 39 before Rodda took yet another important wicket to leave Redruth needing to score ten off the final over.

The stubborn bowling of Howarth restricted the hosts to just five, with Callum Davis sent packing for just one run with the penultimate ball to cap yet another morale-boosting win.