Smith leads from the front as Penzance secure victory
Penzance beat Callington by 32 runs to start their title defence with a win.
19th May 2021
By Gareth Davies
A stunning spell of bowling from skipper Greg Smith helped Penzance open their Premier Division title defence with a 32-run win over much-fancied Callington in a rain affected match.
With both teams remaining unbeaten during the early-season Kernow Crash and Smith tipping Callington as possibly the team to challenge Penzance’s dominance recently too, this Moores Park clash was eagerly anticipated.
The wet weather that forced some matches in the league to be called off did delay the start with home skipper Joe White winning the toss and opting to field.
Penzance would only face 43 overs and they got off to the worst start possible when Giles Lawrence was castled by a beautiful delivery from Robert Mutch for a four-ball duck. Lawrence’s opening partner Antony Angove repaired some of the early damage, before Jack Paull fell for just four with the score on 23.
Angove was joined in the middle by Tom Wells and the pair advanced the score to 61 before the former was trapped in front by Dan Davis for a near run-a-ball 45. This dismissal prompted a middle-order collapse with Dan Lello cleaned up by Davies before Smith edged behind to Rhys Davies off Aidan Libby without troubling the scorers.
At 64-5, Penzance were in trouble but Wells held the innings together brilliantly by taking most of the strike and he eventually made 91 before Davies ran him out. By that point, Penzance had reached 186-8 with four more runs added top leave Callington chasing 191 for victory.
In reply, the home side had reached 23 before Aidan Libby perished for 16 - caught by Jack Paull off the bowling of Glyn Furnival. Both Davis and Luke Brenton went quickly after and with less than 50 on the board, Callington were already three down.
Davies got a start, but his progress was slow with just 12 from 38 balls and he was snared by Wells off Jonathan Ludlam’s bowling.
Kian Burns and Oliver Allsop then steadied the Callington innings and they put on 34 for the fifth wicket with Smith then taking centre stage.
He bowled Burns for 31 and caught Allsop (18) with Lello the greatful bowler. For Cally, 110-4 had soon become 116-6 and Penzance smelt blood. Captain White was leg-before to Smith for just four and despite Sam Pengelly’s best efforts to marshal the Callington tail, Smith took two more wickets to leave him with figures of 4-19 from eight overs and three balls.
The final wicket saw Harry Sawyers run out by Charles Goldsworthy to leave Callington all out for 158, thus handing Penzance victory by 32 runs.
l Penzance seconds were also in action on Saturday as they travelled to Perranporth in Division Two West.
The home side won the toss and batted first with skipper Harry Watkins the stand-out performer in Perranporth’s effort of 278 all out in 42 overs.
Watkins smashed a quite remarkable 160 runs off just 105 balls, with his knock including 19 boundaries and six maximums. Astonishingly, only one other Perranporth player made double figures with Josh Anderson making 25. The Penzance cause wasn’t helped by 53 extras and despite bothe Noah Kitchen and Josh Fletcher taking three wickets each, they were expensive and nearly seven and five an over respectively.
The Penzance response never got going and disciplined bowling from home duo Neill Furlonger (1-10) and James Webber (2-16) quelled any chances of a successful run chase.
Only Jonny Whittaker (10), Jack Nicholas (24) and Kian Pentecost (32) made double figures as penzance were eventually rolled over for just 120 as Perranporth prevailed by a mammoth 158 runs.