Cornwall Premier League leaders Redruth maintained their place at the top with a one-wicket win at Wadebridge on Saturday.

Wadebridge set the leaders a target of 181 to win after being bowled out in the 47th over, with the visitors meeting the target in the 38th over to keep their winning start to the season going.

Opening batsman Matthew Joliffe was an early casualty for Wadebridge, managing seven runs before he was caught by Luke Johnson – the first of his four catches of the innings – off Alex Ridd’s delivery.

Sam Richards scored 11 before he was dismissed, but Kevin Renecke added 40 off 46 balls before he was also caught by Johnson.

James Turpin came in and added the highest score of the innings, scoring 52 off 60 balls.

But quick dismissals of Tom McLachlan (3) and Matt Bennetts (5) followed as Wadebridge reached 180, with the final two wickets of Charlie Ellis and Ollie Bate both for ducks. Alex Ridd took 3-32 for Redruth.

Redruth’s reply also began slowly with opener Jack Hale getting to six before he was lbw. Toby Whiteford managed 20 but Ellis Whiteford could only muster three as Redruth moved to 38-3.

At that point it could have looked a tall order for the away side, but Christian Purchase turned the match on its head with an excellent haul of 91 off 73 balls.

That score was crucial with Luke Johnson (17) the only of the other seven batsmen to get into double figures as the lower order collapsed.

While there were plenty of overs left to beat Wadebridge’s haul, they only had one wicket to do so, with Craig Johnson (8no) and Jemuel Cabey (7no) getting the leaders over the line in the 38th over.