Boshier’s cen­tury lifts Taranaki

Taranaki Daily News - - Sport - CHRISTO­PHER REIVE

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.

SI­MON O’CON­NOR/FAIR­FAX NZ

Wicket-keeper Phil Bar­r­a­clough had a hand in two wick­ets as Taranaki cruised past Marl­bor­ough.

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