Camborne School of Mines won for the first time this season on Tuesday 29th May, completing a thrilling run chase against Truro Cricket Club. It was their first win in three games and, perhaps more impressively, they managed it with only ten players on the field following a couple of late drop outs.
The match started well for CSM as skipper Ben Toulson won the toss and elected to have a bowl on what was a surprisingly dry wicket. Toulson opened the bowling alongside the pacy JP Offord, who managed to find some sharp bounce in the pitch. The two of them kept it extremely tight as Truro found runs hard to come by. They seemed to be struggling against Offord’s pace, often playing after the ball had passed the bat, whilst Toulson was swinging the ball more than Jimmy Anderson and (occasionally) finding it hard to control. An inspired bowling change brought about a flurry of wickets, as Will Gore was given the ball. His first wicket came from an extremely short and extremely wide delivery which, inexplicably, the batsman smashed straight to cover. Gore, accompanied by captain Toulson, rattled through the top order, before Mike Hughes came on to wrap up the innings alongside Alastair Cook lookalike James Lowden. Truro fell short of 100, surely under par on what was a decent track.
Matt Patching and Ben Lewis opened the batting for CSM, hoping to give their side a solid start. They both started well, looking to play aggressively and, although they both rode their luck at times (around 5 catches were put down) they managed to take the score past 50 without losing a wicket. Eventually Lewis departed, run out by a direct hit, and Patching was joined at the crease by Lowden. Patching smashed a six, before Truro managed to finally hold onto a catch on the boundary, dismissing Patching after a fine innings. This rare moment was not to last, however, as Truro then dropped Lowden a number of times as he looked to finish off the match in style. He was joined by his captain, who, after smashing a couple of fours, was dismissed. This only meant that Ed Walker made his way out, however, and he was charged with scoring the winning run. In anticlimactic style the game ended with a by, although Ed claimed he’d edged it.
All in all it proved to be an excellent game of cricket and a top notch performance by CSM, who will hope to rack up a few more victories this season.