at St Austell Sunday/Monday/Tuesday 18/19/20 August 2019
Alex Bone(31), Tim Wyatt (36), Andrew and Aidan Libby survive after being six down going into the final hour.
Aidan Libby survived 59 balls for ten and Andrew Libby 22 balls for two to deny the champions an eleventh Western win on the bounce.
Berkshire’s two year winning run ends but they win the Western title for a fourth successive year after Oxfordshire lose to Devon at Sidmouth and Wales MC hold Dorset to a draw at North Perrott. . Berkshire Report
Unicorns Counties Championship
St Austell – Berkshire 226 (CT Peploe 41, LE Beavan 26, SD Perera 25, M Williams 25, JAJ Rishton 23, TM Nugent 23, JLB Davies 22; AC Libby 5-46, CD Lello 2-30)
& 208-8d (JLB Davies 111, CT Peploe 20; AC Libby 3-71, CD Lello 2-45),
Cornwall 186 (CBF Purchase 44, TRD Whiteford 32, CD Lello 27, JR Turpin 26; TM Nugent 5-53, CT Peploe 3-46)
& (Target 248) 175-8 (TR Wyatt 36, CJ Kent 34, AW Bone 31, TRD Whiteford 22; ED Woods 3-43, LE Beavan 2-27, CT Peploe 2-40). Match Drawn. Berkshire 10pts, Cornwall 9pts.
Day 3 Lunch – Berkshire 161 for 7 in their second innings – a lead of 201 runs.
Well said – has the county ever fielded such an inexperienced team? Great effort.
A C Libby (Capt) (32 Ch games)
C J Kent (4)
T R D Whiteford (0)
T R Wyatt (3)
M H Gribble (4)
A P Libby (0)
J R Turpin (20)
C B F Purchase (27)
C D Lello (1)
A W Bone (wk) (4)
E A F Whiteford (0) https://t.co/hd9rxcZ6Bi
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It was a frustrating day at St Austell in Cornwall’s Unicorns Counties game with Berkshire where, despite the sunshine, only 49 overs of play was possible. Ten wickets fell, however, and the game has moved on with Berkshire going into the final day with still some work to do to preserve their five-year unbeaten record in the championship. They have a lead of 93 runs and seven-second innings wickets remaining. An early inspection by umpires James Tredwell and Nigel Piddock ruled out any chance of a 10.30am start and they determined there would be no play until after lunch at the earliest. Tredwell is the former Kent and England off-spinner who retired last years after 18 years as a first-class cricketer. Earlier this year he was appointed to the ECB National Umpires Panel, qualifying him to stand as an umpire in Second XI and Minor Counties fixtures. Some heavy overnight rain had got under the covers and it was four o’clock before play was finally able to get underway. Cornwall resumed on 99-3 in reply to the visitors 226 all out. James Turpin played back Andy Rishton’s first over for a maiden. A flurry of five boundaries quickly followed to raise Cornish hopes, but it was not to be. Right arm seamer Tom Nugent bowled Turpin in the sixth over of the afternoon for 26. Christian Purchase smashed Rishton for six in the next but Nugent had him caught for 44 by Euan Woods to make it 129-5. Dan Lello and Alex Bone saw the 150 up but Nugent struck again to trap Bone in front for three. Luke Beaven had Lello leg before for 27, that included four boundaries. Peploe then took control to account for Aidan Libby and Tim Wyatt in successive overs, split by a late tea at 5.35pm. Four balls later Nugent trapped Andrew Libby lbw for eight and the Duchy were all out for 186, at just after six o’clock, with 32 overs unused. Nugent took five for 53 from 19 overs and the ever-reliable spin of Peploe produced three for 46 from 18 overs. Berkshire’s second innings got off to a dramatic start with Lello sending down two wides. Andrew Libby opened with a maiden and in his second over bowled Savin Perera for four. Lello followed up bowling Euan Woods for three. In his next over he knocked over Archie Carter for eight and at 24-3 it was not the start the champions would have hoped for. Jack Davies (20no) and James Morris (10no) saw out the last thirty minutes though to add 29 from nine overs of spin from Andrew Libby and Ellis Whiteford. Lello has taken 2-21 from six overs. Play is again scheduled for the earlier time of 10.30am today. Elsewhere yesterday Herefordshire’s last pair got 13 runs to pull off a dramatic two-day win over Wiltshire at Brockhampton. It propels them up the table into top-five contention as the battle for division one next year intensifies.
St Austell – Berkshire 226 (CT Peploe 41, LE Beavan 26, SD Perera 25, M Williams 25, JAJ Rishton 23, TM Nugent 23, JLB Davies 22; AC Libby 5-46, CD Lello 2-30) & 53-3 (JLB Davies 22; CD Lello 2-21), Cornwall 186 (CBF Purchase 44, TRD Whiteford 32, CD Lello 27, JR Turpin 26; TM Nugent 5-53, CT Peploe 3-46). Close day 2. Berkshire 6pts, Cornwall 5pts
Day 2 – Start delayed until after lunch at the earliest following heavy overnight rain. Lunch to be taken at 1.20pm.
— CornwallCCC (@cornwallccc) August 19, 2019
Day 1 Berkshire 226 (72.5 overs), Cornwall 99-3 (29 overs).
Berkshire might well go on to extend their 12 match winning run in the Unicorns Counties Championship over the next couple of days but Cornwall certainly gave as good as they got at St Austell yesterday. The game is evenly balanced at stumps after a fighting performance by an inexperienced Cornish side, only three have played more than four championship games. It could be argued Cornwall had the best of the day dismissing the champions for a modest 226 in 73 overs. At the close, the Duchy were 99-3 in reply, after 29 overs. Heavy rain around dawn meant a drying out process at Wheal Eliza, in bright and breezy conditions. Play finally got underway ninety minutes late and was extended until 7.30pm. It will begin thirty minutes early at 10.30am this morning. New acting captain Andrew Libby, got the first task right when he won the toss. Things got off to a great start when Dan Lello, who has only just returned after breaking a finger at the beginning of June, bowled Archie Carter in the third over. Tim Wyatt, who has only started bowling for Truro in the last three weeks, picked up the wicket of Euan Woods. Andrew Libby removed Jack Davies for 22 and then on the stroke of lunch a dream start for 19-year-old Redruth off-spinner Ellis Whiteford on debut. With his 13th ball, he had visiting skipper James Morris caught behind by Alex Bone for two. Opener Savin Perera followed to Andrew Libby after the break. Andy Rishton hit Libby for a four and a six but next ball was held by James Turpin to make it 107-6. As Cornwall well know Berkshire bat deep and yet again the lower order came to the rescue with the last four wickets adding a very useful 119 over 35 overs. Chris Peploe led the way with 41 while Michael Williams, Tom Nugent and Luke Beavan all got twenties. Lello (2-30) picked up a second wicket to remove Peploe, caught behind. The last pair of Beaven and Callum Creighton added a frustrating 30 before skipper Libby took his fifth wicket to end with 5-46- his sixth five-wicket haul. Ellis Whitefield took 1-82 in a 22 over spell. Charlie Kent was lbw to Creighton for five. Redruth’s Toby Whiteford made 32 on debut before being bowled by Peploe and Nugent knocked over Mark Gribble (eight) in the next over at 54-3. However senior batsmen Turpin (18no) and Purchase (23no) saw out the last 45 minutes
Charlie Kent was lbw to Creighton for five. Redruth’s Toby Whiteford made 32 on debut before being bowled by Peploe and Nugent knocked over Mark Gribble (eight) in the next over at 54-3. However senior batsmen James Turpin (18no) and Christian Purchase (23no) saw out the last 45 minutes.
St Austell – Berkshire 226 (CT Peploe 41, LE Beavan 26, SD Perera 25, M Williams 25, JAJ Rishton 23, TM Nugent 23, JLB Davies 22; AC Libby 5-46, CD Lello 2-30),
Cornwall 99-3 (29 overs) (TRD Whiteford 32, CBF Purchase 23no). Close day 1. Cornwall 4pts, Berkshire 3pts.
10.30am Start Monday
Cornwall make six changes from the team that drew against Dorset at Redruth.
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