Roche looking to continue cup winning form into 2021
Roche captain Jacob Rowe has high hopes for the new season
14th April 2021
By Gareth Davies
Roche skipper Jacob Rowe is hoping that his side can build on last year’s Bond Timber Trophy win as they start their new Division Two East season at home to St Minver on Saturday.
In the disrupted 2020 season, which saw the scheduled league structure cancelled and replaced by a cup competition, Roche, led brilliantly by Rowe, were eventual Division Two East champions after they defeated local rivals St Erme in the showpiece September final.
Although cricket clubs weren’t able to start group training until March 29, Roche demonstrated little sign of any ring-rust when they clashed with Grampound Road in a friendly at Trezaise Road last Saturday.
Despite the unseasonably cold weather, both teams played their part in an enthralling encounter which was ultimately tied. Winning the toss and batting first, Roche were bowled out for 192 in their allocation of 40 overs. Wicket-keeper Harry Gregory led the way for Roche with a fine half-century and a run-a-ball cameo from Rowe late on, which eventually garnered 30 runs, saw the home side post a total which looked unlikely when they were struggling at 96-6. The pick of the Grampound Road bowlers was Alex Rust as he recorded figures of 4-24 from seven overs.
In reply, Stewart May disturbed the furniture of opener Charlie Hockings with the score on just 16. Chris Roberts and Alex Lean then put on a stand of 76 to put Grampound back on the road to victory. A fine spell from Rowe, which saw just 11 runs conceded in five overs, put the brakes on Grampound and despite Lean finishing 77 not out, the visitors also recorded a score of 192 and the spoils were shared.
“We’ve had good numbers turn up for training and had a very competitive friendly with Grampound Road first team with the match tied on 192 each,” Rowe told the Voice. “This gave us plenty of positives going into this week by knowing we can compete with a Premier League team like Grampound Road and if we turn up with the same attitude we shouldn’t go far wrong this year.
“Our hopes are to build on the cup win last year and be up around the top of the league this year. We’ve been unable to make any new signings throughout the winter, but we welcome back Mark Trudgeon and Courtney Rowe to the first team squad after they both had a couple seasons of not playing.
“We are all glad at the club that the covid restrictions have been lifted in time for the season to go ahead in full.”