Boshier’s century lifts Taranaki
A maiden century from Kaylum Boshier has launched Taranaki to a convincing 146-run win over Marlborough in their opening Chapple Cup cricket clash.
Boshier scored an impressive 106 for his first century in the Taranaki uniform during the team’s first-round match in the annual Central Districts one-day competition in Napier on Friday.
Led by Boshier and a 95-run effort from Liam Muggeridge, Taranaki finished their 50 overs at the crease in a prime position, posting a total of 271-5 from their 50 overs.
‘‘To plan something is one thing. To execute it is entirely different, and those boys executed well,’’ Taranaki coach Debu Banik said.
‘‘We got a good start and then Kaylum and Liam did a wonderful job.’’
After Marlborough won the toss and elected to field, Taranaki openers Shaun Sullivan (16) and Josh Borrell (25) both got starts but were unable to kick on.
After Borrell departed with the side 60-2, Boshier and Muggeridge went to town on the Marlborough attack, combining for 202 runs before Muggeridge was dismissed in the 49th over.
With a good total to defend, the Taranaki attack got stuck into their work early, with pace men Ryan Watson and Taylor Williams sitting down three Marlborough batsmen inside the first 11 overs.
Despite a 39-run effort from Josh Poole, Marlborough couldn’t string together a decent partnership as the Taranaki attack proved to strong to dismiss the side for 125.
‘‘The boys did a really good job today. They did what needed to be done.’’
Banik said the only negative to come out of the performance was Williams injuring his right shoulder diving in the field.
Wicket-keeper Phil Barraclough had a hand in two wickets as Taranaki cruised past Marlborough.