St Just’s cricketers leave West Penwith this morning for one of the biggest games of the season in the Jolly’s Drinks ECB Cornwall Premier League.
They make the trip to the leaders Callington knowing a win will throw the title race wide open. Callington have a 24-point advantage, but a defeat would reduce the deficit and the men from the far west will be right in contention.
Callington came out of Tuesday night’s Hawkey Cup final shell-shocked after one of the great upsets. County One side Gorran had only set them 70, and even allowing for the damp conditions underfoot few observers gave them a prayer of pulling off a win.
History will show that they achieved it by seven runs and a young Callington side will need to move on quickly today to avoid a disappointing week becoming a lot worse.
St Just, meanwhile, cruised to a ninth successive Vinter Cup success over a Redruth side who did not do themselves justice on the big occasion.
To be fair, St Just’s 135 was substantial in the conditions and, when the Reds lost five wickets in as many overs, that was that.
Second-placed Werrington travel to Paul with some enforced team changes. Ben Jenkin and Rob Dymond are unavailable and Sam Hockin is a doubt. Nick Ward is on holiday and Warren Rumble is in Australia for a month.
Alex Smeeth is not fit to bowl but is over a sickness bug that prevented him from fielding last week. Jon Bye is promoted to open the batting.
Elsewhere today, Falmouth meet Camborne for the first Premier clash at Trescobeas in six years. Both teams come into the game on the back of good wins last week.
The opposite can be said for Truro and St Austell, who meet at Boscawen Park. Truro lie 34 points off the pace and can ill afford another slip if they have designs on retaining their title.
Last, but by no means least, there is a huge game at Troon, where fellow strugglers Grampound Road are the visitors. Troon enjoyed their best result of the season at the Road in early June when they came out on top of a drawn game.
Apart from that result, both sides have had similar fortunes, having lost four games, with four others either abandoned or cancelled.
After being severely affected by the weather last week, County Division One swings back into action with the leaders Redruth at home to Perranarworthal and challengers Hayle entertaining Luckett.
In between the Hawkey final and next Wednesday’s Edwards Cup final, Gorran are at Ludgvan.
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