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News Archive > Sport > Newquay captain leads team to an unforgettable win

Newquay captain leads team to an unforgettable win

By Tom Howe 16th August 2017

Newquay captain leads team to an unforgettable win
CAPTAIN FANTASTIC: Tom Eggins wrote his name further into the history of Newquay Cricket Club with his performance on Saturday

AFTER the very disappointing performance at Troon, Newquay Cricket Club regrouped on Saturday for the return home fixture against Callington - and what a fixture it was!

Once again key individuals were absent, largely through the counter attraction of the Boardmasters event, which, while disappointing, at least gave the club the opportunity to view young Jack Howarth and the last-minute withdrawal through illness of Rhys Morgans meant a hasty promotion for Joe Burton for a rare outing.

The weather has clearly not been summery and conditions for a cricket game were not at their best so when Tom Eggins won the toss and elected to bat, after all the rain overnight, Newquay were confronted with a challenging outfield and cloudy conditions. Callington come as close rivals with the reputation of being a bowling side. A decent total would give the advantage to the home side, but it was a gamble and if ever there was a day for heroics from one of Newquay’s better players, this was it.

Newquay’s early batsmen struggled. Three down in the sixth over with only seven on the board seemingly heralded an abyss and with Adam Cocking and Tom Eggins now at the crease, the long tail was beckoning. At 41 Cocking lost his wicket after a 34 run partnership which at least gave impetus to the innings and set the scene for Eggins to play another captain’s innings. Jon Hancock and Conor Pearce came and went and at 58-6 it was a matter of setting targets. Eggins was still there on 27, joined now by Howarth, who in his first innings at this level, immediately caught the eye. When Howarth was out for an extremely promising and vital 19 on 90, Eggins was moving smoothly towards his third half century of the season and while Eggins was there, a reasonable total was looking attainable.
However, what happened next was beyond anybody’s wildest dreams and was a sheer exhibition of power hitting and control as Eggins went from 39 to 102 in 10 overs, taking Newquay to a proper total of 161. The final three Newquay batsmen batted resolutely in support but did not contribute a run between them. It was awesome and unprecedented.
When he was finally out on 102, Eggins had made his second 50 in 27 balls and hit seven sixes. It was a veritable feast on top of the vice presidents tea and unforgettable for the appreciative supporters.

When Callington came out to bat, a confident Eggins took the new ball too and, of course, took two wickets in his first over. When Simon Beare, batting at four, was adjudged LBW to Eggins, Callington were very much on the back foot on 27-3. There was a rally as the hard-hitting Charlie Coates and the talented Aiden Libby started to return the pressure.
The runs came quickly but when Coates was well stumped by Pearce off you know who, Newquay felt that the day was theirs. The feeling grew further when Aiden Libby was bowled by Eggins on 90, Libby for a fine 32 completing Eggins’ first five wicket haul for the club. In a game of stories, Howarth replaced Eggins at the Tretherras End and with his first ball took a wicket. How easy is the game of cricket when you’re on a roll!

There was a brief wag of the Callington tail, but it was so appropriate that the last wicket was taken by Howarth, comprehensively bowling Harry Sawyers, capping a fine personal debut and setting out his stall for an excellent career in first team cricket.  

On a never to be forgotten day when even the sun came out, Newquay won a superb game of cricket by 27 runs. Well done to all participants and thank you to all the spectators, sponsors and vice presidents who by their support make days like this possible. As a final point, it is believed that a century, five wickets and two catches in one game has never been achieved before in a Newquay first team game, adding much gloss, should any be needed, to Tom Eggins’s part in the history of Newquay Cricket Club.

By Tom Howe 16th August 2017

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