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Over 50's beat Hants & IOW
Cornwall O50's returned from their mid week trip to the South Coast with wins over reigning divisional champions and national semi finalists Hampshire and a revived and inspired Isle of Wight.
With the Hants match moved at the last minute to a sticky looking wicket at Cadnam Cornwall won the toss and put Hampshire in. Early strikes from Dave Dunnett and the removal of top opener Strether by Dave Craddock along with other wickets for spin twins Mike Hoban and Steve Mitchell had the hosts 127 for 6 but the experienced Harsham made 60 at number 7 to reach 221. A decent score on a tricky wicket.
In reply Jim McKenna and Anton Luiten went early. Nigel Sanders made 20 before opener Nance and Trevor Lee added 54 but when Lee fell to be quickly followed by Andrew Jones and Steve Mitchell Cornwall were in trouble at 112 for 6 with 110 needed off 14 overs. Nance was bowled for a fine 58 and with Dave Dunnett gone for 1 the target with 2 wickets left became 61 off 6.4 overs. The game looked up. Not though in the minds of Truro's Ian Bishop and Pencarrow's Dave Craddock. They both set about the experienced Hampshire attack and the target became 47 off 4 with opening bowlers Harsham and Garlic back in the attack. 11 off Garlick made it 36 off 3. Bishop's mighty 6 off Harsham's last ball of the 43rd over left Cornwall needing 15 off 12 balls. The pressure got to Hampshire and with 5 wides at the start of the 44th over another huge Bishop six sealed the match for Cornwall with an over to spare. Bishop made 62 and Craddock a vital 20 as they created a record stand for Cornwall's 9th wicket - 64 off just 34 balls. Hampshire's first home defeat in the group games for many years.
New Close on the Isle of Wight is a superb ground and the wicket was ideal for batting. After a cautious start Nance and Sanders put on 79 in 17 overs before Luiten and Nance took the score to 215 when Luiten was run out for 75. In form Nance went onto a maiden championship hundred as he and skipper Lee picked up 78 off the last 6 overs to reach 302 / 3 which is understood to be Cornwall's highest score at this level.
With a ferry to catch Cornwall raced through their overs but without success. However the score continued to build and once the 200 came up the hosts needed 10 an over and it was very much game on. Dunnett and Bishop bowled tightly and Bishop made the crucial breakthrough at 241. The momentum was lost and Lee and Bishop were content to concede 1's and 2's in the final overs. The island finished 282 for 1 a remarkable score in itself. Almost 600 runs in the day for the loss of 4 wickets.
Cornwall next play Wiltshire at Winterslow on Sunday 14th.
The team will feature changes from the IOW game with McKenna, Hoban and Craddock returning and a likely debut for Danny Gilman.
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