Result: Perranarworthal won by 12 runs.
Team: Tom, New Paul, Stuart, Damo, Ed, Dickon, Tarby, Mark, Boom Boom, Nicray, Alan.
After the previous evening’s narrow defeat to Falmouth in the Mining League the selectors decided to give some of the fringe players a run out on a beautiful evening at the Tredrea ground, Perranarworthal.
In the final match of the mining league season, the Old Boys, who have surpassed everyone’s expectations with their strong displays in all matches, winning five in the process, were out to enjoy themselves.
New Paul led the way by breaking open some ice cold lagers, Dickon soon followed with a bottle of Pastis, and so the scorer was set up for the evening’s entertainment.
The home side won the toss and chose to bat. At first this seemed like a bad move as the Seaview bowlers tore into the Perranarworthal top order. Boom Boom led the way by taking the wickets of the top three batsmen (catch by Tarby, caught and bowled and LBW). His fourth wicket and two from Nicray, (catches by Dickon and New Paul), had the home side reeling as they sat on 29 for 6 after eight overs.
Mutterings from the local supporters were contemplating record low scores as the Old Boys took the initiative. Then entered Hughes, Pucknell and an unwanted adversary – no balls. Hughes, 26 and Pucknell, 35 not out, were very ably assisted by the Seaview bowlers who gifted them 16 no balls and 10 wides which, added to the usual byes and leg byes, amassed a total of 30 extras, (a scorer’s nightmare), the home side’s second highest score of the evening.
With eighty off the bat Perranarworthal totalled 110. Boom boom finished with the mighty impressive figures of 5 for 5 off four overs. Nicray finished with 3 for 15 off three overs. (Well done Nicray!)
In reply the SVOB gave the Tom Studd, making his first appearance for the team since 2015, the number one spot as he opened the batting with New Paul. He did not disappoint and made a creditable 10 runs, including a nicely struck four. Unfortunately his companions at the crease, New Paul and Stuart, were unable to trouble the scorers and showed an interest in the Duck Cup.
It was left to Damo to lead the way again and his 30 included five fours and a scintillating six. Alas, he was retired under league rules. Ed and Dickon did their best and it looked promising for the Old Boys at the mid-point of the innings. Two excellent catches removed them and that left Mark to do a Stevens and save the day. His 16 not out was in vain as he ran out of partners. Damo’s arrival back at the crease after Alan’s baffling run out was too late – twelve were needed off the last two balls, he went for glory but was bowled by Bridges.
And so the curtain falls on the Seaview’s first foray into ‘serious’ cricket which has been a great success, success being measured by enjoyment.
With the frenzy of the midweek league over the remainder of the season now focuses on Sunday matches, with two games against the Hillbillies on Sundays 9th and 23rd July, not forgetting the Blick Ball Game on Friday 14th July.