Cornwall v Berkshire at Truro on Sunday 5 June at 11am
Cornwall won the toss and invited Berkshire to bat
Cornwall’s cricketers recorded a famous victory at Truro in their opening NCCA Trophy 50 over group game. They defeated holders Berkshire by five wickets with three balls to spare. The target of 280 was the second highest successful run chase by Cornwall in the 40 years of the competition. Six visiting batsmen passed 30 led by skipper Dan Lincoln with 64 to reach 279-9 in fifty overs. Ben Ellis, Dan Lello and 21-year-old debutant Max Tryfonos took two wickets. Tom Dinnis only bowled three overs before retiring with a leg injury.
Cornwall’s reply got off to a great start with Christian Purchase hitting 63 off 42 balls before being dismissed at 92 in the 13th over. Chris Gibson went on to make 52 and Paul Smith hit two sixes in his 49 before being unfortunately run out at 218-5, at the beginning of the 41st over. Berkshire tightened matters to leave 30 required off three overs. Crucially Tryfonos (56no) took 23 off the next two overs. With rain falling and the D/L par scores level Dan Lello (26no) hit the first ball of the final over for six and the winning run came two balls later.
Had Smith got one more run it would have been the first time four Cornwall players would have got fifties in the same innings in the competition. Cornwall made the long trip to Bedfordshire on Sunday.
Truro – Berkshire 279-9 (DJ Lincoln 64, TE Albert 51, JAJ Rishton 41, ED Woods 32, RJ Lewis 31, AR Carter 30; CD Lello 2-41, MM Tryfonos 2-44, BA Ellis 2-47),
Cornwall 280-5 (49.3) (CBF Purchase 63, MM Tryfonos 56no, CF Gibson 52, PS Smith 49; LE Beavan 2-63).
Cornwall (2) beat Berkshire by five wickets.
A long weekend ends in disappointment but a cracking game and plenty to continue to build on in a great competition. Thanks to all those that made the long journey to support us. Well done to @cornwallccc and thanks to @TruroCricket for looking after us. https://t.co/CTs4IopjpK— Berkshire CCC (@BerksCricket) June 5, 2022