Boconnoc’s title hopes dealt devastating blow
Boconnoc’s title hopes dealt devastating blow

Boconnoc’s next match of the campaign sees them face St Neot Taverners away from home on Saturday Photo Colin Bradbury

23rd June 2021

By Tom Howe

Rob Foot’s Boconnoc lost ground on Division Three East leaders Callington when losing by nine wickets to a Patrick Morgan-inspired Ladock side at Deer Park.

Boconnoc went into the tie 13 points behind the league’s only remaining unbeaten team, Callington, who continued their fine form with a 100-run triumph at Bude.

The two teams met earlier this month but, due to inclement weather conditions, the tie wasn’t completed.

Having lost to South Petherwin seven days prior, Boconnoc recovered their composure to beat Newquay by six runs but Saturday’s loss to Ladock leaves the second place outfit nervously looking over their shoulder with Callington having opened a 27-point advantage at the summit.

Ladock skipper David Legge, who saw his side to a 38-run win at St Austell in their last outing, called correctly at the toss and elected to field.

The league’s top scorer John Niblett (6), who has plundered just shy of 650 runs in all competitions this season, was accounted for early with Steve Ridd catching him off the bowling of Matthew Bray (1-29).

However, from 14-1, Boconnoc stretched their legs and reached 142 for the loss of the next wicket although Foot (7) and Toby Haley (1) soon fell by the wayside in quick succession.

Missing in recent weeks, Steve Marchant returned to the side to contribute a season’s best 65 while Michael Blake also hit a personal best for the term when bringing up his half-century before retiring not out.

Joe Coates (32*) and Jason Doney (26*) were also well into double figures as the hosts were ultimately able to eke 211-4 out of their 45 allotted overs.

Ladock’s response was devastating, with openers Darren Williams (57*) and Morgan (99) putting on 161 for the first wicket, with the latter falling agonisingly short of his first century when caught by Niblett off the bowling of Digby Taylor (1-53).

Morgan’s knock sees him into fifth in the league’s batting rankings, with 348 runs to his name leaving him behind only Niblett (598), Callington’s Blaze Eigenmann (405) and Bugle duo Nathan Toms (353) and Gary Spencer (350).

At this point, Legge (25*) arrived to partner with Williams and see Ladock over the line in the 41st over to leave with 17 points, restricting Boconnoc to just the five.

Foot’s charges return to action when visiting Wenmouth to take on sixth-place St Neot Taverners on Saturday (1.00 pm). A return home to entertain basement dwelling St Austell follows on Saturday, July 3 (1.00 pm).