Result: Falmouth won by 5 wickets (SVOB 81 all out (19 overs); Falmouth
82 for 5 (19.2 overs). See here for full scorecard
Team: Mark, Ed, Damo, Dickon, Bobby, New Dave, Stuart, Boom Boom,
New Paul, Cake, Liam.
There was a lot of anticipation and media speculation going into this match. If the SVOB won their last two matches against Falmouth and Perranarworthal they would win the Cornwall League Mining Division Evening South Section and go into a play-off with winners from the other sections.
News had got out as to the importance of this match and the crowds streamed into the Hine Downing Oval on a sunny evening to witness, what they hoped would be, history in the making. Despite the bright sunshine, the mood of the Seaview players was darkened when they learned that there was a power cut and thus the bar could not open.
Their usual pre match warm up now ruined, the Old Boys wandered around aimlessly contemplating how they would cope. It wasn’t all bad though, the lack of electricity also meant no electronic scoreboard – an absolute result for the scorer who hates all this new fangled machinery.
The match itself was a tense affair. Falmouth won the toss and put the Seaview in to bat. After a very promising start by the two openers Mark (26) and Ed (13), the middle order collapsed , finding it very difficult against extremely good bowling.
Falmouth’s Francis Lowry (I went to school with his uncle) was the star of the show, taking five wickets for thirteen runs and, if he hadn’t done enough damage already, two catches. There was carnage amongst the usually reliable middle order. Fortunately New Paul and Cake came to the rescue late on and salvaged a defendable total of 81.
Falmouth needed 82 for the win, not difficult one would have thought, until the SVOB bowling attack got under way. Cake and Bobby did a superb job at stifling the big hitting openers. Dickon struck first by trapping Searle LBW for 19. Davidson soon followed, bowled by New Paul for 15.
Damo then bowled a beautiful spell (4 overs, 2-8) and removed Thompson and Hadley in quick succession. From oblivion it looked like the Seaview might actually be able to pull it off. Excitement began to build in the near capacity crowd when the very talented Carter was dismissed by Cake for 12. While Falmouth had plenty of wickets left at this stage, they were running out of overs. Anything was still possible with two overs remaining.
Sadly for the Old Boys, luck was not on their side and Falmouth managed to get to 82 for 5 with just four balls of the match left. A valiant effort by the Seaview who, whilst not having their finest batting display, bowled and fielded superbly in what finished up as a very close encounter of the second kind (this season versus Falmouth).
Onwards and upwards Old Boys – final Mining League match tomorrow (Tuesday 4th July away at Perranarworthal), followed by the return of the Hillbillies on Sunday 9th July on Channel 4.