LONG SERVING TREASURER STEPS DOWN FROM OFFICE:
Last week's Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League Annual Meeting, held at Truro, saw the retirement of long serving treasurer, John Spry.
Having originated from Bude John enjoyed a successful playing career in Senior League cricket in the west of the county.
He opened the batting for Troon in all four of their Lord's National Village Cup Finals between 1972 and 1983. He took over as treasurer of the League in 1988. The meeting awarded him Life Membership, in recognition of his 26 years of service. A special presentation was also made by the President, Clive Rosevear.
The ECB Premier League rules remain unaltered for the 2014 season.
Proposals to bring forward start times to 12.30pm, reduce bowlers' overs allocations from 30 per cent to 25 per cent and spread the batting bonus points thresholds from 50 runs to 250 runs all failed.
It was passed however, that County Division 1 clubs will need to meet Clubmark criteria, and have a Junior section playing hardball cricket, for the 2016 season.
There is a change to the promotion and relegation rules in the eastern and western sections. In future two teams will be guaranteed to be eligible for promotion from all divisions, irrespective if two clubs from the same section are relegated from County Division 1, as happened in both 2012 and 2013.
In this event three teams will be relegated in that section's divisions but, conversely, three teams will be promoted in the opposite section.
In the Intermediate Tier (Divisions 2-4) a proposal to put back start times to 2pm was defeated by 31 votes to 25.
A bid to make it mandatory to use a better quality match ball was also defeated, as was the suggestion to have a ball available for each innings rather than one per match.
In the Standard Tier, where matches are played over 40 overs, the batting bonus points will now apply at every 35 runs, rather than 40 runs, and the bowler allocation is reduced from ten to eight overs. Teams in Division Seven can now agree to schedule games on Sundays, by mutual agreement. The Clive Rosevear Cup in the east will no longer be played in groups in the opening stages. A straight knock out will lead to the traditional finals day.
In his final financial report, John Spry reported that the League accounts had shown a small profit over the year after the previous loss.
He reflected that in 1988 the annual turnover was £4,000, which has increased to over £50,000.
He went on to say "This shows the importance of the sponsorship received from Jolly's Drinks and Tiflex. To them I say a big Thank You".
League Auditor Brian Davey has also stood down after 15 years service.
The meeting concluded with the president making the presentations.
The 'Lenny Lobb Fair Play Award' for Premier clubs, as marked by match umpires, was presented to Camborne CC.
The Archie Smith Trophy for the outstanding young player went to Christian Purchase, while Tom Eggins (Newquay CC) won the Clive Osborne Trophy for the outstanding young eastern bowler.
St Just won the Bradley Trophy for the leading Premier League batting average and the Littlejohns Trophy for the best Premier bowling average went to Callington.
The Division 4 & below (West) 'Sporting Trophy' for the highest batting average was won by Aidan Botha of Porthleven. Simon Tilley, of Gerrans, won the 'Beecher Williams Trophy' for the lowest bowling average Division 4 & below (West).
The election of a new league treasurer is to be confirmed at this time. All other league officers and committee members were re-elected unopposed.
Adrian Thomas remains a committee member, but has handed over the reins of the Hawkey and Rosevear Cup competitions to Keith Goldsmith.
Officers 2014: President – C Rosevear, Chairman – V Hassell, Honorary Secretary – M Evans, Asst. Secretary – K Goldsmith.
Full AGM details can be viewed at www.cornwallcricket.co.uk along with all the season's fixtures, which commence on April 26.
TRURO DETHRONE SAINTS:
"You couldn't write the script", so the expression goes, writes Mark Mitchell.
Well, the twists in the final few overs of the Cornwall Cricket Board's Indoor Sixes Knockout Cup final would have taken a fair amount of imagination to write, it's true.
Truro up-and-coming indoor sixes team have beaten the previously 'unbeatable' St Austell twice in a fortnight and will now carry the Cornish flag into the national rounds of the ECB competition, where they begin away to the Devon champions on February 16.
The holders got off to the worst possible start, losing the prolific brothers Mike and Gary Bone for a duck and thtee respectively, both to the bowling of Cornwall player Rob Harrison.
Matt Ellison was also out with the score on just 20, but the inevitable recovery, this time from Scott Barrott (19) and Callum Wilson (24), saw the fourth wicket out on 58 runs.
St Austell were all out for 88 in just 11 overs, thereby wasting a valuable six balls of their innings, but the hostile attack of Harrison, Kyle van Rooyen and Neil Ivamy must take great credit for this.
They bowled a crucially accurate length, just short of what would be necessary outdoors, and moved the yellow ball about, which contributed to 'keeper Tim Marrion claiming two victims 'caught behind'.
St Austell were never going to give up their title without a fight and the Truro innings began steadily, but was set back by the loss of openers van Rooyen and Liam Lombard to run outs, something which was always on the cards. Marrion and Harrison then scored an unusually high number of 'ones', ie singles into the wall, not run, before the latter was out with the score on 68, bringing in Ivamy.
The fielding of both sides had been razor sharp and the ball was flying around, making 'backing up' the most hazardous of occupations. t all came down to an equation of 25 to win from three overs, a pretty much even situation.
Ten runs then came from the tenth over, six of which were extras. 15 from two overs, then, perhaps just in Truro's favour? Two wickets still to fall, but next came a brilliant over from St Austell's 'man of the match' Wilson, conceding just two runs and taking the wicket of Ivamy.
Now 13 were need from just six balls, surely St Austell were the favourites? Dot ball first (13 from 5), six from Marrion (7 from 4) – had Truro edged in front? Dot ball (7 from 3) – back to evens or the holders on top?
What followed, no-one saw coming, I suspect … yes, all seven from the next ball, as Tim Marrion's drive beat the diving Matt Lloyd to score four, plus two for running and another from the overthrow in a desperate attempt to run him out.
Much the underdogs until two weeks ago, Truro had scraped home to beat St Austell twice and march into the national competition. The next hot ticket, one suspects, is the League Final on Sunday March 23, when the two sides will be overwhelming favourites to meet once again.
LANE INTO WEST FINAL:
Phil Lane (St Rumons) has reached the final from the western section of the Cornwall Invitational Premier Snooker League with two rounds still to go.
Phil made it five out of five with a 4-2 win over Carl Boundy (St Day) and made breaks of 44, 57 & 61.
Last year's champion, Alan Hurley (St Rumons), has moved into second spot but has found his form a little too late.
He won 4-2 in a high quality encounter against Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club). Alan won the first frame after Chris had made a 50 break and he required two snookers. Alan made breaks of 40, 31 and a 74 clearance to gain the new west division high break. Chris also made breaks of 36 & 45 along with his 50.
Rob Johns (St Rumons) won 4-2 against Bobby Southworth (Rack Em Up). Rob had a 59 break and Bobby had a 45 break.
COUNTY BEAT ARCH-RIVALS:
Cornwall took on the Plymouth & District Snooker League in their annual friendly at the Belgrave Club, Belgrave Road, Plymouth.
Cornwall's billiards team won comfortably 5-0, fielding a full strength side, with Plymouth's top player Steve Brookshaw & Chris Coumbe unavailable as they were playing in Scotland. Cornwall's Dave White recorded the highest break of the day, a fine 104.
Cornwall's Veterans' Snooker team won comfortably 8-2, with an ever improving team as more Over 55 good players become older and eligible. Newcomer Phil Davey won 2-0 as did team mates Dan Duffey and Dave Trembath.
Cornwall's U18's Snooker team lost heavily 7-3, but with a young side, and with a shortage of youngsters making it into the game, were lucky to field a full team. Young Aiden Johns was Cornwall's star, winning 2-0 and with Brett Broad managed to secure the only three points.
Cornwall's Senior Snooker team is spoilt for players, as the Cornwall Premier League is a good barometer for who is playing well all over Cornwall during the season, and with other quality players not playing in the CPL all were considered and probably a Cornwall 1 and 2 team could be selected. Cornwall won comfortably 11-3, with 2-0 wins for Chris Timmins, Steve Downing, Alan Hurley and Rob Johns, Kevin Steed, Bobby Southworth and Phil Lane all drew 1-1.
Cornwall secured an overall win 26-13, and following the presentation, everyone enjoyed a buffet before returning home.
Thanks to Derek Walker and The Belgrave Snooker Club for hosting the event and putting on a great spread.
The Cornwall team were: Billiards: Dave White (capt Bude Social Club), Chris Mitchell (Dobwalls), Charlie Gay (St Day), Derek White (Menheniot) and Geoff Lingard (Camelford).
Veterans O55s: Roy Good (capt, Breage), Dave Trembath (Penponds), Leighton Varcoe (Mevagissey), Dan Duffey (St Ives) and Phil Davey (Playing Place).
Youth U18s: Aiden Johns (capt, St Day), Aaron Courts (St Neot), Brett Broad (St Rumons), Connor Arthur (Illogan Highway) and Wayne Pellow.
Senior Snooker: Kev Steed (capt, St Cleer), Steve Downing (St Rumons), Phil Lane (St Rumons), Alan Hurley (St Rumons), Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club), Bobby Southworth (St Rumons) and Rob Johns (St Rumons).
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FIRST TITLE DECIDED:
On Sunday morning, the first County Championship title was decided at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club when the eight qualifiers for the County Mixed Fours took part in the final stages of the competition.
In the quarter-finals, Bill Sharp, Lynnette Golledge, Brenda Sleep and Max Burden were 14-2 winners against Val Risdon, Elizabeth Staple, Robert Staple and Geoff Risdon.
Diane Shorthouse, Sheila Hodge, Dennis Shorthouse and Neil Gribble defeated Meg Horrell, Joan Boddy, Joe Dixon and Ken Horrell 10-7.
Trish Hodge, Janet Carter, David Shaw and David Topliffe won a tight game against Marilyn Stewart, Miriam Barbery, Arthur Hambley and Keith Matthews 7-6.
Elise Daniell, Caroline Moore, Nicholas Truscott and Peter Hore were 10-7 winners against Patsy Wakeley, Diane Garfield, Chris Roberts and Brian Wakeley.
The semi-finals saw a winning last bowl played by Neil Gribble to see his team through 7-6 against Max Burden.
The other game was not so close with David Topliffe leading his team to a 12-2 win against Peter Hore. In the final Neil Gribble defeated David Topliffe 11-8.
CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS:
Sunday afternoon saw 12 club champions from across the county compete in the Champion of Champions Singles competition. The competition was played on a straight knockout format.
In the preliminary round Graham Reeves (Saltash) defeated Bob Williams (Illogan) 10-6. Neil Gribble (Landrake) won 12-6 against Marjorie Treneer (Porthleven).
Kath Goodman (Treviscoe) defeated Terry Trevorrow (Hayle) 13-8 and David Stokes (Wadebridge) was a 15-7 winner against John Ashby (Luxulyan).
The quarter finals saw Graham Reeves defeat Neil Gribble 13-4, David Stokes an 11-2 winner against Kath Goodman, Peter Hore (Holmans) had no difficulty in overcoming Paul Cummins (Liskeard) 15-2 and David Topliffe (St Minver) won a tight game against Tony Liddicoat (Withiel) 9-10.
In the semi-finals Graham Reeves defeated David Stokes 17-7 and Peter Hore won 12-5 against David Topliffe. In the final Graham won 12-8 against Peter.
In reaching the final Peter has achieved the milestone of 100 points on the County Points list over last three seasons.
SHORT MAT PLAYERS TOUR ENGLISH MASTERS:
Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) travelled to Bromsgrove to compete in the Short Mat Players Tour English Masters over the weekend.
One win from four games on Saturday left Nigel bottom of the group. Nigel won his final group game on Sunday morning but this result did not move him off bottom spot in the group and therefore playing in the Wooden Spoon knockout.
A run of five wins, culminating in a 12-5 win against former National U-18s champion Mitchell Young, saw Nigel win the wooden spoon section of the knockout after a long day of bowling.
SOUTHERN COUNTIES YOUTH CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall Youth suffered a 12-5 defeat on Welsh soil against a very strong Glamorgan outfit who had players with senior team experience.
The boys under 18 side gave a good account of themselves before being edged out 5-4 with Ryan Plant (22.27), Jack Elliott (17.28) and Rhys Julian (13.73) winning in straight legs and Liam Carlyon (20.43) also successful after being pushed the full three legs.
The girls under 21 side crashed to a 3-0 defeat while the boys under 21 outfit had only Josh Symons (17.23) gaining a point in a 4-1 defeat.
Despite the setback, Cornwall still narrowly lead the table with Glamorgan in second spot.
FIRST MEETING AT ST DAY:
The first short oval motor racing meeting of the new year, at the United Downs Raceway on Sunday (1pm), will see four different classes in action, including two variations for the Bangers.
The top prize on offer for the day is the Winter Supreme Challenge for the non-contact Stock Rods.
The Old Skool Bangers are a new addition to the 2014 fixture list. The aim of the class is to serve up some close racing for much of the day's race programme, with some heavier crashing permitted later in the day.
Two of the drivers set to feature on the grid are mid-Cornwall based youngsters, Craig Deer and Michael Hiscock. They both raced in the first meeting for Old Skool Bangers, at Smeatharpe, near Honiton, in December, and for St Austell teenager Hiscock, it was actually his debut race appearance.
Katie Dawe, of Grampound, will also feature in the Old Skool Bangers.
Late in season 2013, the young racer enjoyed a fine run of success, including a runner-up finish in the Supreme Championship.
In stark contrast to the rough and tumble Bangers, the non-contact Stock Rods provide racing which is more about precision, as drivers look to find a way of passing and overtaking their rivals, without making deliberate contact.
The Stock Rods will contest two or three reverse grid heats, ahead of the Winter Supreme Challenge Final, where grid positions will have been determined by the results drivers achieved in those qualifying heats, with the top points scorers off the front of the grid.
Local hopefuls will include Simon Vincent, who resides just a stone's throw from the circuit; Adam Ignaczak of Troon, and Sammy Trengove from Camborne, who made the switch to Stock Rods late last season.
Former Stock Rod Grand National Champion, Simon Jones of Roche, will make his comeback to racing after a three year absence.
In the fun class, the Bangers, Team Lightning Recovery from the Bodmin area, will be looking to continue to place their own entertaining stamp on proceedings.
At most meetings at St Day in the second part of the 2013 season, four or five drivers in the distinctive yellow and blue colours of Team Lightning Recovery, injected a colourful dash of light hearted fun to the racing.
Will Blight and Terry Rowe are set to feature again at the opening meeting, possibly with more drivers too, from the group.
There will be some 'girl power' from Kaylee Spooner of Ruan Minor, who is a regular racer at her local circuit.
The youngsters in the Ministox will complete the line-up for Sunday's race meeting.
The Ministox class is the training ground for the young racers, featuring drivers between eleven and sixteen years of age.
Amongst the contingent of Cornish racers due to be in action are Jack Manhire of St Dennis, Ethan Pope of Illogan, Joe Marquand of Notter Bridge, Aiden Vincent of United Downs and Tom Cadby of Grampound.
Fifteen-year-old Marquand was a race winner, when the Ministox raced at Smeatharpe, near Honiton, in January.