Two from two for Boconnoc on curtain raising weekend
Two from two for Boconnoc on curtain raising weekend

Boconnoc got their new campaign off to a perfect start.

21st April 2021

By Tom Howe

Boconnoc Cricket Club enjoyed a welcome return to the crease on Saturday as both of their teams secured opening-day victories in the Cornwall Cricket League.

The first team kicked-off their Division 3 East campaign with a 208-run triumph at St Austell thirds, while the second string recorded a seven-wicket victory at home to Saltash St Stephens seconds in Division 6 East.

Boconnoc’s firsts were in fine scoring form, racking up 290-5 before dismissing their hosts for just 82 in reply.

St Austell won the toss and put Boconnoc in to bat, and the mid-Cornwall club soon discovered their opponents were in the mood. John Niblett was the star, scoring a fine 100 before being caught off Jack Torkington’s ball.

Niblett’s fellow opener Michael Blake made 29 before he was bowled by Chris Hearn, with Jamie Coates (16), Toby Haley (25) and Rob Foot (23) all making sizeable contributions, before Jason Doney (14no) and Will Thruston (6no) rounded off the innings.

John Thruston and Digby Taylor performed heroics with the ball in St Austell’s reply, with the pair devastating the hosts’s upper and middle order between them.

Thruston took 3-14 as he dismissed Sam Bennetts, Tom Harris and Hearn, while Taylor went one better, taking 4-30 as he removed Mark Bennetts, Stuart Wilder, Michael Hawke and Torkington, who scored a combined three runs.

Joe Baker (23) and Ryan Bennetts (18), batting at nine and ten respectively, repaired some of the damage, but could not prevent a heavy opening-day defeat for the hosts.

Boconnoc’s seconds made it a club double as they won at home to Saltash St Stephens, successfully chasing their opponents’ 141 with just under 15 overs to spare.

Leo Hunter made a good start for the hosts, taking the wicket of Justin Hemmings (7) early doors before replacement Scott Brown (5) was caught off Chris Neville’s delivery.

Ryan Greenslade then dismissed James Montgomery (4) as the away side reached 34-3, but a useful fourth-wicket partnership between opener Chris Marsh (33) and Ian Stevenson (45no) guided Saltash towards the ton.

Kevin Spencer eventually claimed Marsh, with Stevenson batting on alongside captain Andrew Rennie (32no) as the visitors reached 141-4.

Dave Smith (54) and Greenslade (51no) did much of the heavy lifting in Boconnoc’s reply, with the pair notching more than 100 combined runs. Smith and fellow opener Robert Hemmings (20) got the hosts off to an excellent start with a combined 74, with Greenslade stepping in to take Boconnoc past the century mark and towards victory. A run-out for the third wicket mattered little as Greenslade soon added the vital runs to seal the win.