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A Workmanlike Win - first in three Years

With both sides selection restricted by county call ups, Devon completed their first away win against the Cornish in three years in a most workmanlike manner. Truro was in fine order, although umpires had not been appointed and there were no fielding circles as Cornwall’s captain Joe Crane won the toss and batted. The captain and Devine opened against Jack Porter and Joe Hyde and in the eighth over Kingdon caught Devine to give Hyde a deserved wicket. Next over Porter trapped his opposite number in front to leave Cornwall 22-2. The opening bowlers bowled fourteen and Cornwall had scored at 3.35 when Ross Acton replaced Porter at the Cathedral end and Gary Chappell took over from Hyde. The Bradninch pair conceded just twelve runs in their first twelve overs  with Chappell bowling Edwards in his first over and Hughes in his second, both maidens. At the end of their twenty over spell Cornwall was 89-4 with sixteen overs remaining to be bowled by two more left armers Dan Bowser and Chris Metters. Cornwall’s fifth wicket partnership of Snell and Davis, who had played for Somerset IIs earlier in the season against Devon, put on their sides best 46 off 108 balls in seven minutes under the hour. Dan Bowser broke it in his first over when he combined with Dan Hardy to remove Snell. This was the first of two very fine catches by Hardy who took both with amazing confidence and skill. The pair then removed Davis who was approaching his fifty but fell four short. Forty-four overs gone and Cornwall were 122-6. Twenty-two runs later Metters trapped Stephens in front and after a further seventeen were added for the eighth wicket Bowser struck again to bowl Roberts. Cornwall completed their fifty overs having scored at 3.14 with Bowser taking 3-35 off eight and Chappell 2-17 off ten – Smeeth like figures.

Bowser and Hardy batted twenty-one overs reducing the target to 104 off 29 when Devon lost two wickets for three runs. Bone had Dan Bowser leg before and Davis bowled Trevarthen first ball. Alex was caught unaware with a large traveling supporter base. Hardy and the captain advanced the score to 91 off thirty-three when Hardy was unexpectedly bowled by Roberts for the side’s top score of 45. He had batted 98 minutes and confirmed what an asset to the side he has become. Joe Smith then increased the tempo scoring an undefeated forty-two ball 40. The captain completed his hundred runs for the season and now has only two innings to get an average. Devon had reached their target with four overs to spare. The three stand in umpires completed their task most efficiently and competently.

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