Title chasers roar back
Title chasers roar back

Title chasers Lanhydrock seconds defeated Grampound Road by 54 runs Photo Colin Bradbury

7th July 2021

By Tom Howe

Skipper Luke Buckland scored a season’s best 79 as promoting-chasing Lanhydrock secured a 54-run home win over Grampound Road thirds.

Seven days earlier Lanhydrock had fallen just short of inflicting a first defeat upon Division Four East leaders Luckett, with the home side ultimately eking out a narrow 20-run triumph. However, they fought back from the disappointment to defeat the visiting Roadies.

Batting first after losing the toss, Buckland led by example when contributing 79 to Lanhydrock’s total of 202-6. Led by a 53 from captain Chris Davey, Grampound were stopped 54 short with Matthew Liddicoat (3-34) and Jasper Heaver (3-40) taking three wickets apiece and Brian Barnicoat 2-33 as the away side concluded their innings on 148-9.

“After last weekend’s disappointing result against Luckett we were hoping to bounce back to winning ways against a talented, youthful Grampound Road side who themselves had a fantastic win against Wadebridge the previous week,” Buckland told the Voice.

“Chris elected to field and with the predicted forecast I would have done the same. Thankfully the rain missed us. This however offered our batsman a chance to spend some time in the middle, as previous to this we have only batted first twice. I personally felt I haven't been performing too well with the bat so far this season and with some tough games coming up, I needed to try and find some form.”

“The Grampound Road openers started very well, bowling a good line and length with little pace on the ball which made it difficult for myself and Jamie to score quickly.”

“Having lost Jamie, this meant myself and Mark needed to put a partnership together. I felt our score of 202-6 was slightly below par but I knew with our bowling attack, who have been exceptional so far this season, we could defend the total without too much trouble.”

“With Will Wagstaffe playing in the first team and Josh Taylor unavailable, I had to keep wicket to which I try to do as little as possible these days.”

“Gary Jones opened and, although he didn't take a wicket, bowled a fantastic spell of ten overs at 0-16. Jasper managed to get the breakthrough and the wicket of Davey who looked set on 53. If the partnership between himself and PJ Lund went on any longer it could have turned into a much closer game. Matthew Liddicoat, who has been an excellent signing for us this season, took 3-34.”

Davey, whose side came into the clash on the back of a 98-run win over Wadebridge, called correctly at the toss and elected to field. They scored an early wicket when Jamie Taylor was dismissed for ten and became the first of Michael Eastwood’s four victims (4-52).

Buckland, the club’s second highest run scorer after Taylor, was joined by Mark Trudgeon and the pair were able to put Lanhydrock in a commanding position when plundering 79 and 35 respectively.

Eastwood put paid to Trudgeon’s charge, as he did to Morgan Williams (17) and James Starkie-Old (1) while Gary Jones came and went for just one run when bowled by Peter Lund (1-50).

It was left to Jamie Watt and Jasper Heaver to steady the waters and the two did just that to push Lanhydrock past the 200 mark with unbeaten scores of 19 and nine respectively. The Roadies’ response was underpinned by Davey’s innings, which came to an end when Buckland took a catch off the bowling of Heaver.

Lanhydrock’s bowling meant no other batsman was able to make more than Lund’s 19, with Tim Manhire (18), Daniel Foulds (13), Sam Millar (12) and Isabel Grant- French (10) the only others to reach double figures.

A trip into west Devon to face sixth-placed Buckland Monachorum follows on Saturday for a Lanhydrock side eager to keep pressure on inform Luckett, who took a 20- point maximum when beating a hapless Duloe by 10 wickets at the weekend.

Monachorum, meanwhile, go into Saturday’s encounter having lost by five wickets to third place Wadebridge in their last outing. Lanhydrock had been due to welcome them over to the estate in early May but the tie was cancelled due to heavy rain and strong winds which arrived in the Duchy late on Friday evening and failed to abate something which meant the entire schedule was cancelled.

Buckland continued by saying: “It was a good solid performance from the team, bringing in 19 points and extending that gap between ourselves and Wadebridge in third. We are hoping to widen that before our fixture on July 31.”