Semi-final hopes ended by Road’s first win
Grampound Road celebrate taking a St Austell wicket at Wheal Eliza on Saturday.
5th May 2021
By Gareth Davies
Grampound Road ended St Austell’s Kernow Crash finals day hopes after they restricted Gary Bone’s men to just win in their double header.
With Wadebridge picking up two points from their matches with St Just, it will be the Egloshayle outfit that join Penzance in progressing from Pool A to the last four on May 31.
St Austell’s first game against Grampound Road at Wheal Eliza was a high scoring thriller that went down to the final ball.
Gary Bone called correctly at the toss and despite openers Matt Ellison and Matt Lloyd failing with less than 25 on the board, Alex Bone and Michael Bone put on a superb century stand to set the platform for a big home total.
Alex Bone was third man out with the score on 127 after he scored a brutal 61 from just 37 balls in a knock, that included nine boundaries and he also cleared the rope once too.
His dismissal brought Gary Bone to the crease and he continued where his brother had left off to hit a quick-fire 36 at a strike-rate of over 250 per cent.
At one point, a score of 200 looked possible for St Austell, but wickets fell around Gary Bone and they eventually finished on 180-8 from 20 overs.
Grampound Road, who before this latest round of Crash fixtures, had suffered four successive defeats, started brilliantly and an opening stand of 82 by Alex Ridd and Charlie Hoskings kept them up with the run-rate.
When Ridd was first man out, Grampound Road then lost two further quick wickets and at 84-3, they were in trouble.
It was at this stage, given their previous woes, that Grampound Road were expected to crumble. Virendra Yadav had other ideas and his 54 not out from 35 balls led Grampound Road home to their first Crash win of 2021 in the 19th over.
With news filtering through to Wheal Eliza that St Just had defeated Wadebridge, it was last chance saloon time for Gary Bone’s men as they had to win game two and hope that Wadebridge slipped up.
Second time round, visiting skipper Thomas Orpe won the toss and he opted to bat first with Ridd once again in fine form. He scored a second successive 50 as Yadav also impressed once more for Grampound Round. At 120-2, the away side looked set for an imposing total, but Chris Roberts fell for just one as Yadev (40) was then run-out by Gary Bone.
This stunted the Grampound Road momentum as Gary Bone strangled their innings and he finished with brilliant figures of 3-20 and along with Adam Snowden’s 2-7, Grampound Road made 134-7 from their 20 overs.
After the events of the first match, this total seemed to be at least 30-40 runs short of what could have been considered a decent score.
The St Austell reply never got going as the experimental opening partnership of Ellison and Lloyd once again failed and only Alex Bone (29) flourished in the top order.
When Gary Bone fell for just three, St Austell were struggling at 61-5 and appeared to heading out of the Crash without a wimper.
However, Scott Barrott and Adam Snowdon dug in and the former plundered three huge sixes in a ten-ball, 21-run cameo to give St Austell hope.
Snowden’s anchor role garnered 15 valuable runs and his fall brought Curtis Dalby to the crease and he ended up with a valuable score of 21.
With the finishing line in sight, though, St Austell appeared to falter again and it was left to ninth wicket pair Liam Watson and Nick Matthews to see their side home by two wickets with just one ball to spare.
St Austell had done all they could to keep their finals day hopes alive, but St Just failed to give them the helping hand they needed.Chasing Wadebridge’s 157-7, St Just fell to 124 all out despite Somerset County star Max Waller’s 56 with James Turpin (4-18) starring with the ball.