Wins over Heathcoat CC and Bath CC sees Penzance through to the Regional final at Cranleigh, Surrey on Sunday 18 August. The winner goes to National Finals Day at Derbyshire CCC on Sunday 22 September.
Cranleigh beat Sandwich (Group 5 final) card
Vitality Club T20 Area T20 Finals Day at Penzance CC
Penzance 206-4 (T Sturgess 71, D Blignaut 43, A Angove 32, T Wells 25no; J Drew 3-40) beat
Heathcoat 174-7 (D Pyle 66, P Randerson 18, M Cloete 16; A Angove 2-28) by 32 runs.
Bath 177-7 (S Mount 42, G Hay 36, P Muchall 35no, L Brown 31; J Menheneott 2-23, T Barrett 2-27, J Thompson 2-27) beat
Heathcoat 132-9 (M Cloete 40no, J Drew 24; P Muchall 5-21, L Brown 2-26) by 45 runs.
Bath 153-5 (T Hankins 60, B Wells 31no, J Scrivens 22; T Wells 2-20) lost to
Penzance 156-4 (G Smith 53no, T Wells 41, D Blignaut 30; H Rouse 2-19) by six wickets with six balls to spare.
After Heathcoat, Tiverton lost both games it came down to a ‘winner takes all’ decider between Penzance and Bath.
Tommy Sturgess got Penzance off to a flyer in the opening game against Heatcoat hitting 71 off 36 balls. He was dismissed after an opening stand of 110 in 10 overs with Dylan Blignaut, who made 43.
In the deciding game against Bath a strong finish, with 50 plundered from the last four overs, got Bath to 153 for 5. However, on a day when 998 runs were scored in the three games, it was the lowest first innings score of the day.
Penzance lost big-hitting Tommy Sturgess to the last ball of the second over. Antony Angove followed to make it 16-2 off four overs. Dylan Blignaut hit three successive boundaries in the next over. He was out for 30 at 51-3 in the ninth over and Penzance had work to do.
Skipper Greg Smith and Tom Wells reduced the target but at 109-3 a further 45 were needed off the last four overs. Crucially 26 came off the 17th over with 3 sixes and four byes off a no-ball beamer with the free hit smashed for six so 11 off one legitimate ball.
Wells was dismissed for 41 but Smith saw his side home by hitting the winning boundary to seal victory with an over to spare. He ended on 53 not out made off 44 balls.
It’s the third successive year Penzance have reached the regional final, having lost to Wimbledon and Roffey previously.
On reflection, Penzance Secretary Brian Richards MBE said “Great finale to a good game. Bath will be regretting the beamer given as a no-ball and then free hit for six. Very costly for them, but that’s how it goes. Just looking at the scorecard, passing the total with one over to go almost looks comfortable, but it most certainly wasn’t.
— Tom Wells (@t_wells15) July 28, 2019