St Neot vs. St Minver 1st XI – 17 May 2014

Result: St Minver won by 88 runs.

St Minver gained their second win of the season this weekend, picking up 19 points away at St Neot. The sun finally coming out this week meant a full 48 over game was possible, which St Minver batted out for 162-6 after again losing the toss.

Having lost the opening three batsmen early on, St Minver found themselves in a  difficult position with only 35 runs on the board at the halfway stage of their innings. Having dug in well for a while without managing to score many runs, Craig Allen was bowled by a ball that “turned miles” bringing Luke Osborne to the crease with Rob Hawken. Both Luke and Rob occupied the crease well for many overs, sensibly edging St Minver away from trouble with Rob going on to make a well-fought 62 not out. With around 10 overs left in the innings, Ross Keast hit a powerful 38 in his first game of the season to ensure St Minver ended with a respectable score given their earlier position.

After tea, St Neot struggled to ever really get going eventually falling to 74 all out. Dennis Brown again opened the innings well taking 1 wicket for 10 runs in his 6 over spell. But it was Ross Keast who really did the damage for St Minver, with an amazing 5 overs, taking 2 wickets for no runs. The other wickets takers were Warwick Abrahim whose wickets included a good stumping from Ryan Pooley. Pooley also later took a smart catch off the bowling of Luke Osborne rounding off a good fielding display by the team as a whole. Ben Hawken and Jake Grubb (2) took the remaining wickets with St Neot’s three tail enders all failing to score.

Man of the Match: Ross Keast.