Seconds sneak home to beat Perranporth

Seconds sneak home to beat Perranporth

Perranporth slipped to an agonising three-run defeat at home to St Just seconds on Saturday. Photo Colin Bradbury

30th June 2021

By Gareth Davies

St Just seconds edged a thrilling encounter at Reen Manor Parc as they defeated hosts Perranporth by just three runs.

The away side won the toss and elected to bat first with Scott May’s half-century leading the way in a score of 197 all out.

Valuable lower-order contributions from Scott Rowe (20) and Neil Stanleick (18) helped St Just post a score close to 200 after they had found themselves struggling at 161-8.

Perranporth started their reply well as Gregg Kerry (26) and Harry Watkins (43) put on 65 for the opening wicket.

Watkins was first to depart and when Kerry followed with the score on 82, Perranporth collapsed, losing six wickets for just 33 runs. St Just looked certain to claim victory, but James Hall and Tyler Murrell had other ideas.

With just 12 balls left, Perranporth needed just 11 runs to win, but a superb penultimate over from Jacob Harvey resulted in Murrell having his furniture rearranged and the home side scored just a solitary single.

The pendulum had swung back to St Just and in the final over, Stanleick shipped just six runs as the visitors snuck home by the barest of all margins.

In the battle between two of Division Six Central’s two main title contenders, Camborne thirds played host to Perranporth seconds. Before the match, previously unbeaten Perran were asked to bat first, and they were all out for 146 in the final over of the innings.

Three wickets each from Camborne pair Darren Pascoe and Mahendra Kotoorsamy left Perranporth reeling at 86-6, but a battling 65 from Dan Dicker and 30 from Muzz Murrell gave the visiting bowling attack something to defend.

The Camborne reply followed a similar path to the Perranporth innings and at 98-6, they were in trouble as Richard Foley’s wonderful spell of 4-9 from 10 overs including five maidens swung momentum back towards Perran.

However, after his excellence with the ball, Pascoe then delivered with the bat too to score 55 not out as his innings helped Camborne over the line by three wickets in 35.5 overs.