Harvey leads Cornwall to victory


A captains’ innings of 93 not out from Cornwall skipper Scott Harvey saw his side clinch an unexpected but impressive five-wicket win over Somerset in this National County fixture at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

On a gloriously sunny day, Somerset Captain, Ben Green won the toss and elected to bat.

Eddie Byrom and Sam Young opened the batting for the hosts and the score had reached 38 when Byrom top edged Rob Mutch to Charlie Kent and departed for 13.

38 for one soon became 39 for two when Young was given out caught behind off Ben Ellis for 23, despite a half hearted appeal from the bowler.

When George Bartlett fell for 18, Somerset were 62 for three.

However, Lewis Goldsworthy and George Thomas added 98 for the fourth wicket to get the home side back on track.

Goldsworthy made a typically solid and impressive 59 from 80 balls, but Thomas really caught the eye, scoring 68 from 53 deliveries.

Green made a rapid 32, and 21 from Kasey Aldridge from 17 balls kept the scoreboard ticking over, but Somerset were eventually all out after 48.4 overs.

Mutch was the pick of the bowlers, claiming four for 30 from nine overs.

Oliver Westbury and Charlie Kent built a solid platform for the visitors and the Cornish openers shared a stand of 77.

Jack Leach was brought into the attack after 15 overs and he made the breakthrough with his third delivery. Westbury was the man to go for 26 when he was caught by Lewis Goldsworthy.

Cornwall’s 100 came up in the 22nd over, but Kent’s excellent innings came to an end when George Bartlett took a catch on the run to give Sonny Baker a wicket. The Cornish opener had made 60 from 86 balls and when he departed his side were 149 for two in the 30th over.

Kasey Aldridge was brought back into the attack and he had Kian Burns caught behind at 179 for three. Paul Smith was then caught at mid-off by Eddie Byrom for the addition of just one run to the total.

The Cornwall 200 arrived in the 38th over and Scott Kellow added a swift 28 before skying Aldridge to Leach at 248 for five.

However, Harvey remained unbeaten as he and Tom Sturgess saw Cornwall home with 3.4 overs remaining.

At the end of the game, Green said: “Obviously, it’s not the result that we wanted. Cornwall played really well today and we are going to have to learn from this. Having said that, some of the younger guys will have gained some good experience and a few of the batters made starts. We just needed someone to push on and get the score closer to 300. George Thomas showed that he’s a good baller striker and hopefully he can carry on that form and keep scoring runs.

“There are certainly some lessons to be learned from this, but we will park it and move forward this week. We’ll be training hard and making sure that we’re ready for Derbyshire on Sunday.

“We were inconsistent today, but that’s to be expected. It’s our first 50-over game in a while and we’re coming off the back of a fairly busy schedule in the Blast and the Championship.

“Cornwall were good today. They bowled to their fields well and they made light work of chasing 260 in the end.”

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