Dalal deals decisive blow as St Just beaten by six wickets

Dalal deals decisive blow as St Just beaten by six wickets

Rahul Dalal, Rob Harrison and Kyle Van Rooyen (pictured) starred in Truro’s six-wicket win against St Just on Saturday at Cape Road PICTURE: HARRY PRICE/PPAUK

30th June 2021

By Gareth Davies

A maiden century in English cricket for Truro’s Indian superstar Rahul Dalal helped the city outfit to a resounding six-wicket win over St Just at Cape Road on Saturday.

Defeat for the home side, their fourth in succession across all competitions, was once again down to struggles with the bat. For Truro, they have turned their season round since a shock Vinter Cup exit at the hands of Falmouth earlier this month and victory means Neil Ivamy’s men are up to second in the standings behind runaway leaders Penzance.

Ivamy saw the coin come down in his favour and after opting to field first, Truro bowlers Rob Harrison and Kyle Van Rooyen continued their fine form to keep things tight early on. Van Rooyen took the first home wicket when he got rid of Gavin Edwards for just one with Archie Pascoe clinging on.

Somerset county star Max Waller made his second St Just appearance of the week and opening the batting, he played well for 25 before being caught and bowled by Joel Brierley.

The fall of Waller left St Just on 51-2 but just three runs later, a third home wicket fell when Chamikara Edirisinghe edged behind to Scott Harvey and Brierley snaffled another batsman. Neil Curnow and Phil Nicholas led the score towards 100, but the latter could only make eight and was caught on the pad in front with Ivamy claiming his solitary wicket.

Curnow went for 57 with the Harvey and Brierley combination doing the trick for Truro once more to leave the home side in trouble at 115-5. Led by skipper Gareth May (41) and Ben Ellis (24), St Just managed to reach 190-7 from their allocation of 50 overs with Brierley (3-31) the pick of Truro’s bowlers.

Van Rooyen (2-48) was once again dangerous with the new ball while Harrison, despite remaining wicketless, sent down 10 overs for just 13 runs to strangle the St Just effort early on.

Truro’s chase started with both openers Scott Harvey (12) and Charlie Kent (11) getting starts before they fell to Ellis.

Cornwall captain Harvey was the first to head back to the sheds when he was dismissed by Ellis as Edwards took the catch. Kent followed him shortly after as Steve Kevern took the catch behind the stumps as Ellis picked up a second Truro wicket.

The dismissal of Kent brought Dalal to the crease and he was immediately into his stride as Truro looked to repair the earlier damage. However, the visitors lost a third wicket with the score on 67 when Harry Phillips was undone by Waller’s leg-spin and was caught by May.

St Just were still very much in the match at this point while Truro’s hopes rested firmly on the shoulders of Dalal and he did not disappoint. The Indian, who came close to breaking the Ranjit Cup Trophy record of most runs in a season, held by Test great VVS Laxman in 2019, along with Cameron Bishop, then put on a brilliant stand of 94 for the fourth wicket.

Dalal had moved to 99 before Bishop (19) was castled by Ellis but by this point, Truro were just 30 runs short of their victory target. They coasted home without further loss as Dalal passed the three-figure mark to finish 112 not out from just 109 balls while Harrison’s unbeaten 17 finished off the job with five overs to spare.