Boconnoc beat Launceston to maintain winning record
Boconnoc beat Launceston to maintain winning record

Boconnoc continued their unbeaten run on Saturday.

5th May 2021

By Tom Howe

Boconnoc remain one of only three unbeaten teams in Division Three East following their 84-run win at home to Launceston at Deer Park.

Having won by 208 runs at St Austell on the opening day of the season, Rob Foot’s side duly dispatched Werrington at home before entertaining a Launceston side with one win and a defeat to their name on Saturday.

Foot got the early edge, winning the toss and electing to bat, putting John Niblett into bat after his stunning 121 not out in his team’s five-wicket triumph over Werrington seven days prior.

He didn’t disappoint, but was restricted to the relative mediocrity of just 62 when bowled by Launceston’s Matthew Davey (1-53). Before an unfortunate run-out, his fellow opener, Jamie Coates, had recovered from last week’s golden duck to move within five runs of his half-century.

Jason Doney, replacing the unavailable Dave Smith at number three, took control with a top score of 68 not out, with Foot contributing 51 following the loss of Toby Haley, bowled by James Dawe (1-41), for just four.

William Geach added a solitary run of his own as Boconnoc finished on 278-4 from their 45 allotted overs.

Joe Coates posted season best figures of 3-31 with ball in hand, a performance which included the scalp of the dangerous David Sillifant, who faced the music after a knock of 45.

He added the wickets of Tristan Rees (25) and Alexander Dathan (0) to his bow, taking his tally to seven for the campaign.

Digby Taylor, back in the team after missing the visit of Werrington, sits one ahead having taken his total wickets to eight, with opening bat Dawe (20) and number seven Phil Spry (25) the latest additions to his total.

Haley and Emily Geach also got in on the act, taking 1-10 and 1-37 respectively, as Launceston finished on 194-9, falling 84 runs short and handing 19 points to a Boconnoc side that return to action at ninth place Roche on Saturday (May 8; 1.00 pm).

Only leaders Ladock and Callington, who sit second, can better Boconnoc’s record following the opening three games of the Division Three East season, with three points separating as many teams.

Further down the order, Boconnoc’s second-team maintained their own 100 per cent record when beating Launceston’s third team by four wickets in Division Six East.
The league leaders, who beat Saltash St Stephens by seven wickets in April’s curtain-raiser, surpassed their host’s total of 164 inside 33 overs.

They will hope to take that form into Saturday’s visit of second place Holsworthy to Deer Park, where the action will get underway from 1.00 pm.