Saints slide to five-wicket loss at hands of local rivals

Saints slide to five-wicket loss at hands of local rivals

St Austell suffered a second defeat in a row at the hands of local rivals Truro on Saturday Photo Colin Bradbury

By Gareth Davies

7th July 2021

St Austell suffered a second successive Premier Division defeat after they lost a rain affected match at local rivals Truro by five wickets.

Looking to bounce back from their big loss at Callington seven days previously, Saints skipper Gary Bone saw the coin come down in his favour and he opted to bat first at Boscawen Park.

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 by Pascoe, but Saints pressed on through Parkinson and Scott Barrott (52).

However, when Parkin- son’s defiant knock was ended by Indian overseas star Rahul Dalal, St Austell collapsed as 171-4 soon became 205 all out. Barrott’s half-century off 49 balls was hindered by a lack of support as Ben French went for a first ball duck to leave Van Rooyen with impressive figures of 3-36.

Matt Lloyd was castled by Neil 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 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 Parkin- son 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. It got even better for Snowdon and Saints when two balls later, danger man Dalal 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 hosts.

They did have another wob- ble when 133-4 quickly be- came 134-6 thanks to a quick-fire double from spin- ner James Carter who ac- counted for Harry Phillips and Cameron Bishop (24).

St Austell were now back in the contest but the batting pair of Harrison and Van Rooyen decided 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.