Cornwall 193 & 363, Wiltshire 270 & 273-9 (Target 287)
In a game that went right down to the wire Wiltshire’s last pair of Tahir Afridi and Ryan Murray put on 31 over the last ten overs to end 14 runs short of victory. They had been set 287 to win in just over two sessions and 72 overs
St Austell – Cornwall 193 (JR Turpin 75, SKW Wood 44; LA Evans 4-64, JM King 2-24, TG Afridi 2-56) & 363 (SKW Wood 102, TG Sturgess 54, TC Rowe 39, TR Wyatt 35, AC Libby 35, AJ Hodgson 31; TG Afridi 4-75), Wiltshire 270 (BC Dawson 59, SFG Bullen 47, EGC Young 47, WJ Wade 31, TI Morton 31; MH Rowe 5-93, AC Libby 3-67) & 273-9. Target 287 (SFG Bullen 82, BC Dawson 55; AC Libby 3-62, AJ Hodgson 2-37, TG Sturgess 2-50) .
Match Drawn. Wiltshire 10pts Cornwall 9pts,
12.30pm Wiltshire 270 all out – a lead of 77 Matt Rowe 5-93, Andrew Libby 3-67
13.20 Lunch Cornwall 29-1 (9) Hodgson 12no, Tom Rowe 6no
16.20 Tea Cornwall 131-4 (49) Wood 14no, Wyatt 12no
19.06 Close Cornwall 268-7 Wood 63no, Libby 5no
St Austell Close Day 2 After trailing by 77 Cornwall battle to a lead of 191 with 3 wkts remaining to set up the final day v Wiltshire – Wood 63no, Sturgess 54,Tom Rowe 39, Wyatt 35, Hodgson 31 – game on! #cornwallcricket https://t.co/vcGN4tYkFn
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Cornwall v Wiltshire Day 2 Report
The shorter form of the game may have its merits but for those spectators who enjoy the ebb and flow of three-day cricket they won’t have been disappointed at St Austell yesterday. One of the factors in this year’s Unicorns Counties Championship has been the uninterrupted play, with games able to take their natural course and that was the case on day two at Wheal Eliza. It began with Wiltshire in the box seat with a deficit of just two runs and five wickets and 32 overs at their disposal. It was Cornwall’s day however as they dug in with bat and ball to set up what should be a thrilling last day. After a determined effort, they will be looking to add to a lead of 191 this morning, with still three-second innings wickets to fall. The aim was to set a target in excess of 150 on a dry third-day pitch. That has been achieved and spinners Andrew Libby and Matt Rowe, who took eight first innings wickets between them, will no doubt play a big part today in Cornwall’s victory bid. The Duchy needed a good first session yesterday and did well to take the five wickets in ninety minutes, with the visitors failing to use all but eight overs of their allotment. Wiltshire saw out the first half hour before Joe King was knocked over by Tom Dinnis. Three overs later Matt Rowe bowled dangerman Brad Dawson for 59, who had batted for over two hours. He then trapped Tahir Afridi lbw two balls later. Andrew Libby removed Luke Evans but Tom Morton and last man Ryan Murray added 21 to reach 270 all out. Libby accounted for Morton for 31 to end with three for 67. Despite being hit for six in the previous over Rowe ended with championship best figures for five for 93. With a deficit of 77 runs the Cornish second innings suffered an early setback when Scott Harvey was caught behind off Afridi twenty minutes before lunch. After the interval, Adam Hodgson and Tom Rowe took the total to 61 when Afridi struck again to remove Hodgson for 31. Rowe hit eight fours in his 39 but was trapped in front by the slow left-arm of Ed Young. Matt Rowe followed in similar fashion to Joe King’s off breaks for 15 and Cornwall were effectively only 29-4. However Sam Wood dug in, including playing back 27 successive dot balls at one point. Tim Wyatt was equally as watchful making 35 in 87 balls at the crease, in a stand of 71. Tommy Sturgess didn’t hang around, however, reaching an aggressive 50 in 35 balls with 2 sixes and 8 fours. He fell shortly after for 54, caught and bowled by Afridi who immediately bowled first innings hero James Turpin next ball. Libby saw out the last half hour with Wood, who is 63 not out having batted over three hours and faced 174 balls.
12.45pm After winning the toss Cornwall struggled on Day 1 losing their first seven wickets for 77
13.20 Lunch Cornwall 103-8 (32) Wood 44, Tom Rowe 17, Turpin 11no
15.15 Cornwall 193 ao (48.1) Turpin 75 putting on 68 with Dinnis (15no) for the last wicket
16.20 Tea Wilshire 34-0 (16)
Close 19.06 Wiltshire 191-5 (58overs)
St Austell – Cornwall 193 (JR Turpin 75, SKW Wood 44; LA Evans 4-64, JM King 2-24, TG Afridi 2-56), Wiltshire 191-5 (58overs) (SFG Bullen 47, EGC Young 47, BC Dawson 33no, WJ Wade 31; MH Rowe 3-63). Close Day 1. Cornwall 3pts, Wiltshire 5pts.
Cornwall v Wiltshire Day 1 Report
It was Wiltshire’s opening day in the Unicorns Counties Championship game with Cornwall at St Austell yesterday, Despite losing the toss, in hot conditions; they ended the day trailing by just two runs, with five wickets remaining and 32 overs still available. For Cornwall, it might have been a lot worse but they were grateful for a cameo innings from James Turpin, as the last two wickets almost doubled the score. It kept the Duchy in the contest, albeit there is plenty of work to be done. Cornwall’s game plan would have been to get through the first hour and build a big first innings total. However, it was the Wiltshire bowlers that came out of the traps and by the time the clock struck noon the home side were floundering at 40-5. The in-form Luke Evans struck with the eighth ball of the innings to have Matt Rowe caught for nought. He then bowled Scott Harvey in his third over for a single and had Tommy Sturgess caught behind at 14-3. Sam Wood went onto the attack finding the boundary with nine successive scoring shots. Tom Rowe (17) was bowled by Tahir Afridi and Tim Wyatt only lasted six balls. Wood finally succumbed to Joe King’s off breaks for 44 and Adam Hodgson followed at the same score (77-7), flashing at a wide delivery from Ryan Murray with keeper Tom Morton holding the catch. Andrew Libby (10) saw the hundred up but it was Turpin that saved the day. He hit 5 sixes and 8 fours in his 75 off 82 balls. He added 68 for the final wicket with Tom Dinnis (15no) in eleven overs to get to 193. Evans ended with 4-64. Openers Steve Bullen (47) and Will Wade (31) put on 77 in 27 overs before spinner Andrew Libby, on his home track, trapped Bullen in front. Matt Rowe then picked up three quick wickets to reduce the visitors to 101-4. However skipper Ed Young (47) and Bradley Dawson added 88 for the fifth wicket in 75 minutes before Nathan Pobega bowled Young, two overs before the close. Wiltshire will resume on 191-5 this morning with Cornwall looking for early wickets. Rowe ended with 3-64 from 18 overs.
Cornwall made three changes with Tim Wyatt, Adam Hodgson and James Turpin replacing Jake Libby, Paul Smith and Lewis Goldsworthy from the team that beat Devon.
Cornwall: Matt Rowe (Capt) (Henley-on-Thames), Sam Wood (Plumtree), Tom Rowe (Kimberley Institute), Tim Wyatt (Papplewick & Linby), Scott Harvey (wk) (Truro), Adam Hodgson (Werrington), James Turpin (Wadebridge), Tommy Sturgess (Penzance), Andrew Libby (St Austell), Nathan Pobega (Penzance), Tom Dinnis (Werrington).
Umpires: G Calloway & P Smith
Scorers DG Eggins & Ms L J Morgan
1 S F G Bullen
2 W J Wade
3 U A Qureshi
4 E G C Young (C)
5 N J Clark
6 B C Dawson
7 T I Morton (W/K)
8 T G Afridi
9 L A Evans
10 J M King
11 R P C Murray
12 J Goodwin
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