Boconnoc defeat Taverners to keep title charge going
Boconnoc defeat Taverners to keep title charge going

Boconnoc, seen here in action against Foxhole, remain second in Division Three East. Photo Paul Williams

30th June 2021

By Tom Howe

It is a case of as you were in Division Three East as Boconnoc won by 56 runs at St Neot Taverners to keep pace with league leading Callington.

Both teams took 19 points from Saturday’s games meaning, at the halfway point of the 2021 campaign, there are 27 separating the two, with South Petherwin nine behind Boconnoc in third after their own win over Bude.

Captain Rob Foot led the line with 54 while Dave Smith, who missed the ninewicket win at home to Ladock seven days prior, returned to top the Boconnoc order and reached 26 before being dismissed by Tim Dean (1-45).

William Geach, another who missed out against Ladock, made the same score as Boconnoc made 176 all out before skittling the Taverners for 120 with Hauke Moll, making his first appearance of the season, posting figures of 2-29 and Joe Coates 3-36.

Foot’s in-form charges return to Deer Park for the visit of St Austell thirds on Saturday, before welcoming Roche Old Boys to Boconnoc Estate a week later (both 1.00 pm). St Neot, winners by a single wicket over Launceston last time out, lost the first battle of the afternoon when Boconnoc skipper Foot called correctly at the toss and put the visitors in to bat first at Wenmouth.

However, they would have been delighted to nullify the impact of the league’s top scoring batsman, John Niblett, who was run out by Jack Kent for a score of 11 that moves his season’s total on to 660 in all competitions.

Foot and Smith struck up a fine partnership that moved Boconnoc to 54-2 and, with the latter sent packing, his skipper continued to help his side into triple figures.

It soon became the David Brice show, however, with the home bowler taking a four-fer (4-51) to kill off the challenge of Joe Coates (19), Digby Taylor (0) and Will Thruston (0) while performing a fine caught and bowled to account for John Thruston (3).

The late collapse meant Boconnoc were bowled out for their second lowest total of the campaign, with only the winning score of 165-1 in the nine-wicket win at Bude falling shorter.

Momentum and confidence soon surpassed fears of defeat with the Taverners, captained by Andrew Tamblyn, skittled for what was indeed their lowest score of the season with 120 on the board when the final wicket fell.

Coates closed in on 20 wickets for the season with another three to his name, while Emily Geach (1-10), Niblett (1- 14), Digby Taylor (1-27) and Moll, playing his first game since July 2019, which ironically resulted in another win at St Neot Taverners, also got in on the act. Jack Kent (22) was the only batsman to venture into the twenties, with 21 in the extras column being the home side’s next most profitable scorer.

Tamblyn made 15 while Liam Jones and Les Harrison contributed 13 apiece. Boconnoc will hope to record their eighth win of the season when they welcome bottom side St Austell thirds to Deer Park on Saturday.

Boconnoc had the honour of hosting Cornwall’s over-50 representative side in last week’s Southern Counties Senior Championship defeat to Hampshire. The visitors won the toss and elected to field, bowling Cornwall all out for 183 before whittling away their target in the 32nd over to record a winning score of 184-3 at Deer Park.