Firsts stay second as Truro complete clean sweep
Truro stay second in the Premier Division table after victory over Werrington on Saturday PICTURE: COLIN BRADBURY
4th August 2021
By Gareth Davies
Truro strengthened their grip on second place in the Premier Division after they hammered Werrington by eight wickets.
The defeat at Ladycross for hosts Werrington ended their recent upturn in fortunes whilst Truro’s brilliant form continues with this latest win an eighth on the trot.
Home skipper Nick Lawson won the toss and decided to bat first with his side in big trouble early on as Rob Harrison (2-18) and Kyle Van Rooyen (4-10) reduced the home effort to rubble.
First change Archie Pascoe (1-23) also got in on the act and when he removed Ben Smeeth for a painstaking score of eight from 41 balls, Werrington were reeling at 28-7. Lawson (28) and Dan Barnard (24) did manage to push the score on over 50 with a partnership of 36 for the eighth wicket but the Truro let up was only temporary as their captain Neil Ivamy (2-17) and Joel Brierley (1-24) polished off the tail and Werrington had been routed for 101.
Chasing such a small target, Truro themselves wobbled early on with Charlie Kent and Joe Phillips perishing to leave the visitors on 12-2. Cornwall county skipper Scott Harvey (24*) dug in and anchored the innings while Indian overseas star Rahul Dalal scored his second Premier Division half-century of 2021 to finish 69 not out, from just 51 balls. Dalal plundered four maximums and eight boundaries as Truro knocked off the runs in just 24.5 overs.
Truro seconds weren’t in Division Two West action due to the odd number of teams in that league but the Boscawen Park third and fourth teams did play on Saturday and both were victorious. In Division Four West, captain Mark Adams top scored with 44 as Truro were all out for 182 in just 36 overs after being put in by their St Just counterparts.
In reply, the Cape Road outfit were rolled over for just 104 as Josh Jones claimed match-winning figures of 6-32. There was also a valuable contribution from Joe Burton (3-24) while Oscar Haslam-Hopwood took one wicket in a 78-run win.
The clean sweep was completed in Division Six Central with Martin Davies scoring 85 as Truro fourths thrashed Newquay fourths by 178 runs. Batting first, Truro made 300- 6 with Newquay all out for 122 in the 35th over as Stephen Mankee did the damage with 5-18 for the city side.