In a sensational morning’s play, Cornwall were dismissed, forty minutes before lunch, for just 73. They got to 46 for three but the dismissal of Matt Rowe signalled a dramatic collapse as the last seven wickets fell for 27 runs in just 15 overs. Bowling unchanged slow left armer Olly Clarke took six for 23 on his own club ground. Former Somerset, Worcestershire & Hampshire seamer Gareth Andrew took four for 45 as the pair bowled unchanged.
Banbury – Oxfordshire 246 (RI Kaufman 64, JA Cater 45, HGK Smith 39, TPW Condon 31, CJ Russell 26; AC Libby 4-51; SKW Wood 2-32, MH Rowe 2-73) & 135 (OD Clarke 37; WG Harris 6-47, AC Libby 2-24). Cornwall 270 (MH Rowe 74, TC Rowe 44, PS Smith 41, SA Harvey 37 ML Robins 22; GM Andrew 4-43) & (Target 112) 73 (JR Turpin 20; OD Clarke 6-23, GM Andrew 4-45). Oxfordshire (22pts) beat Cornwall (6pts) by 38 runs.
Banbury – Oxfordshire 246 (RI Kaufman 64, JA Cater 45, HGK Smith 39, TPW Condon 31, CJ Russell 26; AC Libby 4-51; SKW Wood 2-32, MH Rowe 2-73) & 135 (OD Clarke 37; WG Harris 6-47, AC Libby 2-24). Cornwall 270 (MH Rowe 74, TC Rowe 44, PS Smith 41, SA Harvey 37 ML Robins 22; GM Andrew 4-43) & (Target 112) 8-0. Close Day 2. Oxfordshire 6pts, Cornwall 6pts.
Cornwall has had some late third day finishes in this year’s Unicorns Counties Championship but they shouldn’t be too late home tonight. Given good weather, and the forecast is dry, proceedings should be over around lunchtime today at Banbury in the clash against Oxfordshire. That’s after a dramatic day at White Post Road that saw Cornwall take control of the match. They managed to get a 24 run lead on first innings, starting the day on 90-3 in reply to the hosts 246. Then a remarkable spell of quick bowling by debutant Will Harris saw the home side dismissed for just 135 inside 46 overs. It left a victory target of 112 and openers Matt Robins and Sam Wyatt safely negotiated the seven overs, in the last twenty minutes of the day, to end on eight without loss. The morning didn’t get off to a great start however with Sam Wood dismissed for nine to Gareth Andrew’s sixth ball of the opening over. Tom Rowe only added 13 to his overnight total before being dismissed by Andrew for 44 at 103-5. Paul Smith took 20 balls to get off the mark but made up for lost time to hit 2 sixes and 5 fours in his 41. Matt Rowe had contributed 28 at the other end in the stand of 69. He was joined by vice-captain Scott Harvey and the pair added 72 for the seventh wicket either side of lunch. With all but parity achieved, and 14 overs still available there were hopes of a sizeable lead. However, Harvey went for 37, Will Harris got four before Rowe succumbed for 74. Tom Dinnis fell in the same over to see the innings end on 270 with four overs unused. The lead was 24 but Harris removed Condon, caught by Robins at slip, and trapped Harry Smith in front before the deficit was written off. Bowling with pace and swing in humid conditions the 21 year-old proceeded to rip out the top of the home batting line up. In his fifth over he had Richard Kaufman caught by Sam Wyatt then next ball had dangerman Jonny Cater lbw. Callum Russell was caught behind in his next over for a duck and the hosts were in trouble at 46-5 – all to Harris at a cost of 16 runs with four wickets in 13 balls. Oliver Clarke had watched it all from the other end and finally found a partner in Owyn Tong-Jones to add 58. Clarke was leg before to Libby for 37 and within 15 overs the innings ended at 135. Libby took two for 24 before Harris returned to pick up the last wicket ending with figures of 12.4-4-47-6.
Banbury – Oxfordshire 246 (RI Kaufman 64, JA Cater 45, HGK Smith 39, TPW Condon 31, CJ Russell 26; AC Libby 4-51; SKW Wood 2-32, MH Rowe 2-73), Cornwall 90-3 (28 ovs) TC Rowe 31no, ML Robins 22; GM Andrew 2-36). Close Day 1. Oxfordshire 3pts, Cornwall 4pts.
Honours were just about even after the opening day of Cornwall’s Unicorns Counties Championship game with Oxfordshire at Banbury. After the home side elected to bat Cornwall did well to bowl them out for 246, considering at one stage they were 214 for four. With an additional five overs bowled in the day’s allocation Cornwall were 90 for three at stumps, with 62 overs still available on first innings. The young Redruth pair of Sam Wyatt and Will Harris made championship debuts and Harris had little time for first day nerves. He was immediately into the action sharing the new ball with Werrington’s Tom Dinnis. The home openers Harry Smith and Tom Congdon dominated the first hour however, bringing up the fifty in the fifteenth over. Cornwall skipper Matt Rowe resorted to spin, bringing Andrew Libby and himself on in a double change. It soon bore fruit as Rowe bowled Condon for 31. He then had Smith caught by Matt Robins and in his next over combined with Harris to run out Oliver Clarke after a horrible mix up. The hosts were 85 for three and needed to rebuild. It came thank to the experience of Richard Kaufman and skipper Jonny Cater, who got the total to 118 at lunch. They continued for 45 minutes after the break before Cater was brilliantly caught behind by Scott Harvey, off Dinnis for 45. He had hit Rowe for a six early in his innings and also found the boundary on six occasions. Kaufman and Callum Russell then added 52 for the fifth wicket and the home side looked well set until 25 minutes before tea. Russell (26) was trapped in front by Libby and the slow left armer struck again four overs later with Rowe catching Gareth Andrew. It resulted in a dislocated small finger for the skipper however and, for the second successive game, it required a trip to the local hospital. The innings collapsed with the last five wickets falling for just 16 runs in five hectic overs. Libby ended with four for 51 from 22 overs and Sam Wood (2-32) accounted for Kaufman, bowling him for 64 made off 170 balls. Rowe took two for 73. Cornwall were left with just under two hours of batting. Robins made 22 before being lbw to the former Somerset, Worcester and Hants seamer Gareth Andrew for 22. Andrew followed up bowling Wyatt for 12, having faced 48 balls on debut. James Turpin, promoted up the order, only made four but Tom Rowe was unbeaten on 31 at stumps and Wood on nine. With leaders Berkshire in a spot of bother at 63-6, in reply to Cheshire’s 254, third placed Oxfordshire will be looking to maintain their outside title hopes today.
Cornwall has made two changes from the team that defeated Cheshire with Redruth’s 21 year-old Will Harris making his debut replacing Adam Hodgson . In a late change his clubmate , 17 year-old Sam Watt will also make a championship debut. He replaces Lewis Goldsworthy, who is representing West of England at the ‘Super 4’s’ on Tuesday.
Cornwall: Matt Rowe (Capt) (Henley-on-Thames), Matt Robins (Werrington), Sam Wood (Plumtree), Tom Rowe (Kimberley Institute), Paul Smith (Werrington), Scott Harvey (wk) (Truro), Will Harris (Redruth), James Turpin (Wadebridge), Sam Wyatt (Redruth), Andrew Libby (St Austell), Tom Dinnis (Werrington),
Oxfordshire: JA Cater (capt./wk), GM Andrew, OD Clarke, TPW Condon, RI Kaufman, CJ Russell, HGK Smith, BFD Taylor, JOG Thomas, OH Tong-Jones, MR Warner
Scorers: Dave Eggins, Chris Cox