Penzance 2nd XI vs Hayle 2nd XI
Hayle were the visitors to a sunny St Clare on Saturday. Penzance looking to pick themselves up from the disappointment of the Andrew Cup final loss on Wednesday, won the toss and elected to bat under stand-in captain Cas James.
It was slow going for the opening pair of Tom Wilson and Kameron Collins; both played an array of shots only to find the fielders stemming the flow of runs. After seeing off the opening bowlers runs began to flow until Tom Wilson was dismissed in the 17th over, 1 short of a well deserved 50.
In what was an inspired move by the stand-in skipper, Jack Nicholas was pushed up the order to number and shared a quick fire partnership of 60 in 8 overs, taking the score to 134 for 2 before being dismissed.
The skipper then joined the inform Kameron Collins at the crease who moved to 50 in the 26th over. The pair then proceeded to build a solid partnership bringing the 200 up in the 35th over and Collins reaching his second successive 100 in the 38th over.
Following two towering sixes by skipper Cas James the partnership was broken on 246 with the dismissal of Collins for a well played 107, he was followed a run later by the skipper for a well played 41.
After the 250 was reached in the 42nd over the inning closed with Penzance 280-6 off their 45 overs.
The Hayle innings in reply never really got going. Following an early breakthrough by Dom Angove together with the economic bowling of Jamie Stevens, Hayle were restricted to 34 for 1 in their first 10 overs.
With Hayle struggling to get Jamie Stevens away, wickets began to fall at the other end with the introduction of Olly Paul who finished with figures of 3-41.
After Jamie Stevens finished with figures of 12-2-33-1, this saw the introduction of the evergreen Craig Nicholls who went through the rest of the Hayle batting order like a knife through butter returning figures of 5 for 12 supported by some excellent fielding and catching from the rest of the team.
Penzance won by 153 runs. the win also keeps the teams’ promotion bid alive as they travel to Mullion this Saturday looking for a repeat performance.