Century from Watkins helps visitors to victory over Truro
Perranporth are fourth in the early Division Two West standings after a 47-run triumph over Truro.
21st April 2021
By Tom Howe
The sound of leather on willow reverberated around Boscawen Park once again on Saturday, where Perranporth defeated hosts Truro by 47 runs.
On the opening weekend of Cornwall Cricket League action, Perranporth made the short trip to face neighbours Truro in what was both teams’ curtain-raising fixture in Division Two West.
Home captain Julian Bose won the first battle of the afternoon, getting the better of the toss and electing to field.
Perranporth took the opportunity afforded to them with both hands, putting on a score of 94 for the fall of the first wicket with Gregg Kerry caught by Eddy Neal after reaching his half-century.
Fellow opener Harry Watkins continued his charge, which ultimately took him to a 109-ball score of 105, before falling leg before wicket off the bowling of Ted Phillips, who led the fight with 2-59, later in the day.
Sitting strong at 94-1, there was a small blip when Ben Coston bowled Josh Anderson for a duck.
However, Watkins and Freddie Hirst struck up a fine partnership to move Perranporth on to 198-3 when the former was eventually removed from the crease.
A stubborn Hirst guided the travelling party through the rest of their innings, scoring a fine 56 not out while team-mates Tyler Murrell, Finley Stribley and Rhys Evans added 31, 14 and two* respectively in a total of 274-5.
All this meant Truro required 275 from their 45 allotted overs to claim victory. Proceedings didn’t get off to the best of starts when opening bat Mark Adams was trapped leg before wicket by Neill Furlonger for a duck.
Coston (22) and Bose (40) tried to steady the ship but Truro were always on the back foot. Matt Thurlow (38) and Ted Phillips (34*) made strong cameo appearances but, largely due to the prowess of James Webber (3-42) and Murrell (3-48), the hosts were restricted to 227-9, falling 47 runs short of their target and taking just seven points from the day.
Perranporth, meanwhile, left with 19 under their belt.