St Just batsman Neil Curnow has been named as the first Cricket World Gunn & Moore Club Batsman of the Month of the 2013 season. The 31 year-old, born in Truro, kicked off the Cornwall Premier League season with a record-breaking knock of 229 in just 175 balls as his side demolished Redruth by 196 runs.
Despite losing his opening partner David Roberts early, he led St Just to 322 for three from 54 overs and dominated a second-wicket stand of 179 with Gareth May (45) and a third-wicket one of 131 with Gary Thomas (22 not out). In all, he hit 18 fours, 17 sixes and a five during his innings. He reached three figures off 139 balls, before accelerating alarmingly, with the second 100 runs taking just 31 deliveries. His last nine scoring shots included eight sixes before his innings was brought to an end by Mark Jenkin, whose three overs cost 48 runs. Curnow’s 229 is the highest ever score in the top tier of the Cornwall League and the fourth highest in any division.
He has been a stalwart for St Just for over a decade in the Cornwall Premier League and has also represented his county in three List A matches as well as in multiple other minor counties championship and minor counties trophy fixtures, including in one the day after his record-breaking knock where he was brought back down to earth by making just one in a defeat to Devon.
The Cricket World Gunn & Moore Club award, which is awarded monthly to one non-county-contracted players from across the 26 ECB Premier Leagues, is always closely contested and this month was no different. Curnow’s closest challenge came from the likes of Bill Kirby (515 runs from his first eight matches for Cleethorpes), Marnus Labuschagne (351 runs in four matches for Plymouth), and James Wade (276 runs in three matches for Teddington).
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