St Buryan and Truro fought out an enthralling encounter at Rectory Road on Saturday. Any result was possible, apart from an abandonment, on a sun drenched afternoon.

It all came down to the final ball of the match with Truro's last man Kris Subramanian needing a boundary for victory. His attempted swipe ended in his stumps being rearranged by Bobby Dawson, much to the delight of the home camp.

The maximum points gained by the home club puts them right back in contention in the race for the Jolly's Drinks ECB Cornwall Premier League title.

As for Truro, this fifth defeat of the season must virtually end any hopes of a hat-trick of titles, though with a number of last season's squad not playing it was always going to be a tall order.

For periods on Saturday Truro looked likely winners. In search of 234 they lost Julian Bose at 19 and Richard Pascoe for 24 with the score at 59 in the 18th over. The tall, right handed Pascoe was making his Premiership debut after the shock transfer a couple of days earlier of Neil Stoddard. The Cornwall and former Wiltshire opener has decided to move to Camborne.

Tom Sharp was joined by Jon Kent and the pair took charge adding 93 for the third wicket before Sharp was lbw to Shane Mellor.

St Buryan got back into the game with Kent falling for 75 having hit two sixes and 12 fours in a good knock. Daniel Martin and Jamie Bridger were dismissed by Mark George to make it 199-6. Mark Adams and Stuart McNair looked to be getting Truro back into a winning position, but with 15 need off four overs and four wickets left, McNair was bowled by Matthew Crapp. Chris Phillips, having survived a long, loud appeal the ball before, which culminated in the umpires meeting in a conference, was trapped lbw by Dawson.

The last over saw eight needed. Michael Munday thumped the first ball straight back and was unfortunate to see a rebound off the stumps for a single when a boundary might have resulted. Next ball Adams, returning for a second, was run out for 28 by a smart flick onto the stumps from 'keeper Gavin Edwards.

Subramanian and Munday managed a single apiece before the last ball drama.

St Buryan, having been put in, were hampered by the late withdrawal of Timmy Edwards. Nick George was lbw to Kent for 8 who then had Gavin Edwards caught by Sharp in the slips. Wayne Vincent, having hit eight fours in his 37, was bowled by Sharp at 71-3 and Bobby Dawson survived an apparent catch in the slips off Michael Munday. He went on to make 71, off 85 balls with 11 fours, before holing out to Bridger at mid on, shortly after receiving a nasty blow on the wrist from a direct throw.

Shane Mellor batted well for 22 but it was a breezy 26 not out at the end from Mark George that boosted the total to 233-5. Kent bowled well to take 2-63 off 16 overs with Phillips, Sharp and Munday taking a wicket apiece.


W Vincent b T Sharp 37

N George lbw b J Kent 8

G Edwards c T Sharp b J Kent 20

R Dawson c J Bridger b C

Phillips 71

M Sweeney c R Pascoe b M Munday 8

S Mellor not out 22

M George not out 26

Extras 41

Total (5 wkts) 233

Fall: 38-70-71-112-194.

Bowling: J Kent 16-3-63-2, C Phillips 14-3-49-1, T Sharp 10-0-43-1, M Munday 8-0-29-1, K Subramanian 7-2-31-0.


J Bose c S Mellor b N George 7

R Pascoe b M George 24

T Sharp lbw b S Mellor 54

J Kent c Ward b M George 75

D Martin b M George 7

M Adams run out 28

J Bridger c & b M George 2

S McNair b M Crapp 8

C Phillips lbw b R Dawson 0

M Munday not out 4

K Subramanian b R Dawson 1

Extras 20

Total 230

Fall: 19-59-152-174-180-199-221-222-228-230

Bowling: S Mellor 16-2-86-2, N George 9-2-23-1, M George 16-4-57-2, R Dawson 8-1-28-3, M Crapp 6-0-27-1

Umpires D James & B Lewis

St Buryan (20) beat Truro (7) by 3 runs.