Carnage as Corse bat their way to clear victory
AN OUTSTANDING performance with the bat saw Corse and Staunton compile a total of 395 for eight as they claimed victory against Charlton Kings.
Centuries from opener Edward Goolden and wicket-keeper Tim Dannant started the lead after Charlton Kings won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Opener Paul Tryer lasted just four deliveries before he was trapped in front by Lloyd Arkell while number three Mat Dudfield departed to an Arkell catch off Lee Wintle's bowling for just six.
Goolden struck 146 from 105 balls, while Dannant took 104 balls to reach 105. The pair were savage on Charlton Kings bowler Benny Ellis, whose three overs disappeared for 52 runs.
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Goolden was out four runs short of his 150 with Chris Burrow taking the catch to reward Stuart Lewis.
James Blackmore then bowled Dannant for 105 but any hope the home bowlers had of the carnage being over were scuppered.
Bertie Wyatt clubbed 39 from 24 balls before being caught by Lee Wintle off Chris Burrow, while Austin Garlick struck 22 off 15 balls before picking out Arkell to give Blackmore a second scalp.
Stand-in skipper Dave Bates hit 21 from 12 balls and Jon Hulls 23 from 13 before both perishing to Blackmore, who completed figures of four for 76 from his 10 overs as the visitors set their imposing total.
Openers Graeme Werry and Martin Cruse made a solid start to the reply. Cruse had advanced to 17 before he was bowled by Garlick and the same bowler and dismissal method also accounted for Charlie Hunte (4).
Ellis struck 17 off as many balls before picking out the safe hands of Goolden to give Ryan Duggan a wicket and Burrow was bowled by Dave Bates for seven.
Werry had compiled a half century but he could not go on to get the telling score that his side needed as he was pinned on his pads by Duggan for 58.
Skipper Neal Mitchell made 31 off 27 balls before picking out Adam Gresty off Bates while Lewis carved 45 off 40 balls before spooning a catch to the same fielder off Duggan.
Duggan completed figures of four for 57 when he bowled Richard Cutler for four while Arkell saw his bails removed by Wyatt for just two.
But number nine James Blackmore (41*) and last man Lee Wintle (20*) refused to surrender as Charlton Kings batted through to the close on 274 for nine.