Wadebridge climb Premier table with win over Callington

Wadebridge moved up to second in the Cornwall Cricket League Premier Division after defeating Callington by seven wickets at Egloshayle, writes Matt Friday.

Seventh batsman Fred Wilkinson scored 42 with Luke Brenton supporting with 21 as the visitors were dismissed for 162 after 49.5 overs, with Charlie Ellis (2-8) one of four bowlers to take two wickets for the hosts.

A lengthy rain interval meant Wadebridge were given a revised target of 139 from 37 overs, with Matt Jolliffe scoring an unbeaten 52 as the home side got over the line in the 28th over.

The victory sees Wadebridge climb above Hayle, whose game at home to leaders Penzance was abandoned into second spot, while Callington remain in ninth position.

After losing the toss and being put into bat, Callington’s slow start got worse when openers Aidan Libby (11) and Rumesh Buddhika (3) were dismissed cheaply early on. Nick Parker (13), Matthew Shepherd (19) and Brenton steadied the ship somewhat as the visitors reached 87-6 shortly after the midway point.

Wilkinson came in and he and skipper Joe White (14) put on 60 for the next wicket, with the former hitting 42 off 69 balls and finding the boundary five times before his furniture was removed by Ellis early in the 47th over as the visitors moved to 147-7.

White became Ellis’ second victim soon after, with Richard Brown (9) and George Wilkinson (4) nudging the score to 162 until both players were dismissed in successive balls in the final over to bring the innings to an end.

A nightmare start in the hosts’ reply, which had been delayed by a short rain shower, saw the dangerous Kevin Renecke caught out by James Shorten in the very first ball. Third batsman Matthew Robins (38) was immediately thrust into action and put on 43 alongside Tom McLachlan (9) until the former was caught by Shorten.

McLachlan was quickly removed by Proctor as the hosts reached 48-3, but the new partnership of Jolliffe and James Turpin (31*) would ultimately see Wadebridge through. The pair put on an unbroken stand of 95 and found the boundary a combined nine times as they met their revised target with little under ten overs to spare.

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