Truro got back to winning form at St Just on Saturday. Following the shock defeat at Mullion a good team performance saw them take 19 points in a game which could have gone either way.

With, seemingly, any result possible in the ECB Cornwall Premier League this season Truro's chances of retaining their title are still very much alive. Though they lie in fifth spot with nine games to go, they are just 21 points behind new leaders Newquay, so there is plenty to play for.

Saturday's game at St Buryan is vital for both sides and to the big picture as well.

At Cape Cornwall Road on Saturday, Julian Bose opened with Neil Stoddard and the pair put on a very useful 71 before Stoddard was bowled by kiwi spinner Cameron Bray for 34.

Tom Sharp, who missed the last day of the County game in Wales with a foot injury, was in a unusually subdued mood. Bose dominated the second wicket stand of 47 before he was caught off Bray for 67. Sharp fell to Gary Thomas for 3. Jon Kent held the rest of the innings together making 33.

There was some late drama as Stephens took a hat-trick, clinched with the wicket of Chris Phillips, who was lbw.

Stephens took 5-40 off 16 overs and at 193-9 off the full 55 overs it was "game on". Slow bowlers Thomas and Bray took two wickets each.

St Just lacked Neil Curnow at the top of the order and Truro, without Steve Gay, opened with Kent and Daniel Martin. Kent produced the goods after youngster Robert Jose was run out for 7 following a mix up. He trapped Thomas for 21 and Gareth May for 12, then bowled Nigel Smitheram and Nick Skerratt to claim figures of 4-23 off 12 overs.

In a new look Truro attack Michael Munday, making his season's debut, took over from Martin and in a spell of 14.3 overs took 3-79. Swopping Fenners, where he took seven wickets in the Varsity match the previous weekend for West Penwith, he got rid of Ryan Harvey for 29 and Jamie Semmens without scoring.

Kris Subramanian had made it an all spin attack, relieving Kent. He got the important wicket of Stephens for 31 then claimed the final wicket of Aussie Tim Aumann, who has transferred from Paul.

St Just were at one stage 139-5 with Stephens and Ryan Harvey going well having added 43, but their last five wickets fell for only 22 runs with over 15 overs unused to give Truro a fifth win of the season.


J Bose c C Laing b C Bray 67

N Stoddard b C Bray 34

T Sharp b G Thomas 3

J kent c R Harvey b J

Stephens 33

M Adams c G May b J

Stephens 13

S Cockett b J Stephens 12

D Martin not out 9

S McNair b J Stephens 0

C Phillips lbw b J Stephens 0

M Munday b G Thomas 0

K Subramanian not out 5

Extras 17

Total (9 wkts, 55 overs) 193

Fall: 71-118-119-139-174-180-180-180-181.

Bowling: J Stephens 16-3-40-5, T Aumann 5-1-24-0, J Semmens 4-0-20-0, G Thomas 14-2-53-2, C Bray 16-4-49-2.


R Jose run out 0

G Thomas lbw b J Kent 21

G May lbw b J Kent 12

N Smitheram b J Kent 12

J Stephens b K Subramanian 31

M Skerratt b J Kent 1

R Harvey c N Stoddard b M

Munday 29

J Semmens c D Martin b M

Munday 0

C Laing st S McNair b K

Subramanian 0

C Bray not out 0

T Aumann b M Munday 0

Extras 48

Total (39.3 overs) 161

Fall: 15-55-73-81-96-139-150-155-160-161

Bowling: J Kent 12-3-23-4, D Martin 5-0-29-0, M Munday 14.3-1-79-3, K Subramanian 8-2-14-2.