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Minor Counties Western Division title hopefuls Shropshire came unstuck as they lost a nail-biter to Cornwall on a sticky wicket at Shifnal, writes Ged Scott.

After two days were lost to rain, the originally prepared pitch at Priorslee Road was considered to be too wet at one end, prompting a switch to an already used adjoining track.

But this one was wet at both ends and wickets fell like ninepins, 19 going down in the day on this classy 'sticky dog' of a pair hung on to seal a one-wicket victory.

It was Cornwall's seamers who did the damage, Rob Harrison taking six for 53 and Martin Jenkin four for 26 as they bowled out Shropshire for just 88, of which the highest partnership was 21 for the last wicket between Matthew Tilt, and Anthony O'Connor.

Cornwall then slumped to 25 for four but they were seen to victory by teenage batsman Matt Robins who came in at No 4 and batted 140 minutes for an unbeaten 30.

After helping put on 29 for the fifth wicket (the highest stand of the match), Cornwall then slumped to 76 for nine. But last man Luke Caddy won the match with a six off Andy Gray.

Herefordshire also finally got some cricket on their third day at Bournemouth but their one-innings match petered out into a dull draw when Dorset batted on until tea, piling up 200 for seven, captain Chris Boroughs and Tom Glover sharing six of the wickets.

Unsurprisingly, the visitors made no attempt to go for their target of 201 off 20 overs, closing on 62 for two.

In the Eastern Division, Staffordshire also had to settle for a draw against Suffolk at Ipswich.

After setting Suffolk 223 to win in a minimum of 40 overs, they reduced the home side to 50 for five but an impressive century stand for the sixth wicket between Chris Warne and Chris Swallow stopped Staffordshire's victory bid in its tracks.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Birmingham Post (England)
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Date:Jun 27, 2007
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