Bowlers impress as in-form Truro enjoy six-wicket win
Truro defeated St Austell by six wickets on Saturday in the Premier Division Photo Colin Bradbury
7th July 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro’s fine recent Premier Division form continued at Boscawen Park on Saturday as they eased past local rivals St Austell by six wickets.
Home skipper Neil Ivamy lost the toss and his opposite number Gary Bone opted to bat first in a match which started slightly earlier than scheduled at 12 noon. Truro’s opening bowlers Kyle Van Rooyen and Rob Harrison have been in brilliant form recently and that continued on Saturday with Michael Bone the first wicket to go down with just five on the board.
He edged through to Scott Harvey off the bowling of Van Rooyen and Truro had struck an early blow. The hosts’ early dominance continued when James Carter (19) had his furniture rearranged by Van Rooyen but led by Hugh Parkinson (55) and Alex Bone (32), St Austell dug in well. The score had advanced to 83 before Alex Bone became the third Saints wicket to fall with Archie Pascoe (2-27) taking his first wicket as Charlie Kent took the catch.
Elder sibling Gary went next for just 12 when he was caught and bowled by Pascoe, but Saints pressed on through Parkinson and Scott Barrott (52).
However, when Parkinson’s defiant knock was ended by Indian overseas star Rahul Dalal, St Austell collapsed as 171-4 soon became 205 all out.
Barrott’s bright and breezy half century off just 49 balls was hindered by a lack of support at the other end as Ben French went for a first ball duck to leave Van Rooyen with impressive figures of 3- 36. Matt Lloyd was castled by Ivamy before the Truro captain also picked up Adam Snowdon.
Saints didn’t help their own cause when Liam Watson was run out by Van Rooyen and Barrott fell looking to continue his attacking intent off the penultimate ball of the innings to hand Dalal his second wicket and best figures in English cricket so far 2-27.
Rain then fell during the mid-innings break and Truro were now asked to chase 176 for victory. Like St Austell, Ivamy’s men struggled early on as opening bowlers Liam Watson and Snowden bowled with unnerving accuracy that made scoring difficult.
The score had painstakingly moved to three for Truro off eight overs before Kent was snared by Parkinson off Snowdon for a 26-ball duck.
St Austell were all over Truro and their dominance continued when Harvey (8) was caught by Michael Bone and Snowdon had a second wicket.
It got even better for Snowdon and Saints when two balls later, danger man Dalal, fresh from a maiden ton last week against St Just, was clean balled for a duck and at 12-3, Truro were rocking.
Their recovery was led by Harry Phillips (68) and Joe Phillips (25) who watchfully pushed the score towards the 100-mark. Joe Phillips was the fourth Truro batsman to fall when he was bowled by Gary Bone, but this didn’t deter the now restored home momentum.
They did have another wobble when 133-4 quickly became 134-6 thanks to a quick-fire double from spinner James Carter who accounted for Harry Phillips and Cameron Bishop (24)
St Austell were now back in the contest and this brought Harrison and Van Rooyen together in a batting capacity with the pair deciding that attack was the best form of defence.
Van Rooyen was especially belligerent as he smashed 30 from just 18 balls while Harrison took a back seat to finish 13 not out off 21 balls as Truro prevailed by six wickets.