Skipper insists his side can do better
Tom Wells (left) was the star as Penzance defeated St Austell by 91 runs on Saturday.Wells top-scored with 113 as the reigning Premier League champions recorded their second win in as many games. PICTURE: PAUL WILLIAMS
26th May 2021
By Gareth Davies
Penzance skipper Greg Smith says there is more to come from his side after they earned a second successive Premier League win with a 91-run win over St Austell on Saturday.
Smith’s side were indebted to a century from Tom Wells as he scored 128 not out and along with Glyn Furnival’s unbeaten 27, Penzance posted a score of 228-8 from their 50 overs. However, at one stage, Saints had Penzance rocking at 113-8, but Wells’ brilliance, his second hundred of the week, left the hosts in a strong position at the halfway point.
It was then over to the bowlers and in a disciplined display, St Austell’s chase was strangled by Giles Lawrence who returned figures of 2-7 from 10 overs. Jonathan Ludlam, Dan Lello and Smith himself all took two wickets each as St Austell were all out for 133 with captain Gary Bone remaining unbeaten on 46.
“We didn’t bowl very well up at Callington last week, but we were better in this match,” Smith told the Voice. “We got one bowling discipline right, so when we get both right, we will be flying.
“We have batted really poorly although I wouldn’t say they have all played horrendous shots. Part of it is that they have had some good balls so it’s not panic stations by any stretch as we are still winning which is the main thing and we can only get better.
“Wellsy has been in fantastic form over the past few weeks and it wasn’t easy for us batting out there. We had a couple of potentially tough decisions not go our way, but we showed some real character and Glyn (Furnival’s) knock was crucial as he hung around with Wellsy.
“We all know what Wellsy can do, if he hangs in there and I was hoping that 150 would give us something to bowl to, but to get 220 left me very pleased.”
Penzance’s title defence moves on to Redruth this Saturday with the two teams locking horns again at the Kernow Crash finals day at Grampound Road next Monday, May 29.
If Penzance defeat Redruth, they will then play the winners of Callington versus Wadebridge in the final with Smith looking forward to battling it out for 2021’s first piece of silverware.
“It will be a nice occasion for the guys and obviously we have to win the first game to be in with a chance of playing in the final,” he added.
“We are looking forward to a good day, but anyone can win the competition as it just takes one person to come off on the day.”