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Lanhydrock were 56-run winners at home to St Erme on Saturday PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY
14th July 2021
By Tom Howe
Skipper Ben Attfield praised the teamwork that led to a 56 run win for Lanhydrock over St Erme, saying the performance was ‘a pleasure to be a part of’.
Lanhydrock leapfrog Redruth into eighth in the 12- team County Division One after picking up their third triumph of the campaign.
Batting first, James Starkie- Old (29), Ryan Butler (26) and Attfield himself (24) all plundered 20 plus knocks in a game reduced to 25 overs due to the inclement weather conditions.
Defending a score of 185-8, Ruben Turner (2-18), Fergus Baker (2-20) and Jake Carter (2-28) all took two wickets apiece as the visitors were restricted to 129-9, with Lanhydrock adding a 18 points to their tally for the term.
“The day got off to a bad start with us having to wait two and a half hours before we could start due to the weather,” recalled Attfield when speaking to the Voice.
“However, credit to the umpires and St Erme for waiting around to give us a chance to get the game on. St Erme won the toss and put us in to bat on a wicket that looked bowler friendly but proved to be the opposite.”
“We got off to a steady and controlled start with James Starkie-Old and Jake Carter setting the tone nice and early. “
“Our batting innings had a nice rhythm and flow to it with everyone chipping in to reach the total of 185-9. The hard part was done. “
“Going on to bowling we backed ourselves to defend 150 on the deck, so having those extra 30/40 runs really gave the lads confidence to play with a bit of freedom which they did. “
“The early wicket of Simon Cole, coming down from Bath for his obligatory game against us, got the lads fired right up as he’s normally the thorn in our sides. “
“This gave the lads an extra boost and, with the light dying and spinners on, before we knew it St Erme needed 50ish off the last over to win.”
Attfield concluded: “The game was really a whole team performance and it was a pleasure to be a part of. We will move on to St Austell next week.”
While Lanhydrock firsts took a step closer to securing County One cricket for another season, their second team, captained by Luke Buckland, sat out the weekend after their tie at Buckland Monachorum fell foul of the weather.
The promotion hunters sit 44 points adrift of Division Four East leaders Luckett going into Saturday’s visit of basement dwelling South Petherwin.