It was a busy day for Cornwall Badminton last Sunday, with four teams playing at home and away and a mixed set of results for the 24 players of ages ranging from 17 to more than 60.
The first team, missing key doubles player Tom Lyle, travelled to Crewkerne to take on the top Somerset side, who they had narrowly lost to in the home fixture before Christmas.
Some close games and hard fought victories finally saw the team losing 9-6, but they did gain a valuable point in what is a tough Division 3.
The new young third team, had a home match against table-topping and unbeaten Sussex, who had come out well on top in their first match.
Home advantage saw the Cornish players pick up two games and gain valuable experience, before the Sussex strength won the day.
Two vets matches also took place on the same day, with slightly better results – the Over-60s travelled to Avon and comfortably won their game, and the Over-40s took the long trip to Bournemouth to play Dorset, just winning a tight six all match on games countback, thanks to the battling three enders that both men's and ladies achieved, something of a Cornish speciality.
This last result was even more creditable, as the 40s team had several last minute drop-outs due to injury and illness, and players stepped in to play at the 11th hour. One of these was Dave Bartholomew, making his county debut with a 100 per cent clean sheet.
The County Final of the Badminton England National Schools Badminton Championships took place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre. A total of 64 players from across the county competed for the County title and progression to the regional finals at Exeter University on March 14.
Eleven Schools were represented across the age groups: Mounts Bay, Humphry Davy, Camborne, Roseland, Poltair, Bodmin, Fowey, Penryn, Truro, Launceston and Callington.
All teams had won through their local rounds over the last few weeks. The standard across the competition was of a high standard and some closely fought matches ensued.
Winners: KS 3 Boys – Launceston; KS 3 Girls Camborne; KS 4 Boys Truro; KS4 Girls Penryn.
All these schools will represent Cornwall on March 14 when teams will be aiming to go the final hurdle and represent the South West Region at the National Finals in April.
Thanks must go to Truro and Penwith College and Launceston College for providing leaders to assist with the smooth running of the event, and Carn Brea for use of their excellent facilities.
SHARP RE-ELECTED AS SKIPPER AT CORNWALL AGM:
Cornwall County Cricket Club's 110th annual meeting, held at Truro last week, saw the captain Tom Sharp re-elected unopposed for his 12th successive season in charge, writes Michael Weeks.
In presenting the committee's report the chairman, Michael Williams congratulated Sharp on becoming the first Cornish player to achieve the double of 4,000 runs and 200 wickets. Fittingly the feat was achieved in Cornwall's first ever Minor Counties Championship Final, at his home ground of Truro last September. Sharp played a key role with the ball in Cornwall's 150 run win over Buckinghamshire. Reflecting on a memorable season Mr Williams drew attention to a couple of slices of good fortune, in a very wet summer. The dramatic win against Wiltshire, at Falmouth, saw the visitors lose seven wickets after tea on the final afternoon. Meanwhile all the other games in the Western Division had already been abandoned as draws.
Then at Oxfordshire rain at tea on the final day meant the task for Cornwall's last pair, Rob Harrison and Sam Hockin, was to survive for 20 minutes rather than over two hours. In a tense finish they managed it to crucially maintain hopes of the Western title.
Mr Williams concluded by saying "The win by ten wickets against Wales, where Shakil Ahmed made his debut, enabled an outstanding young team, led by Tom Sharp, to deliver something special". "Thanks must also go to our host clubs, their groundsmen and caterers, for giving us so much cricket in such a difficult season".
Treasurer Keith Hore also reported a good season off the field, partly due to hosting additional games with the Championship Final and MCCA Cup quarter final played at Truro. A profit, for the second year running, of £3,514, was in contrast to the mounting losses in recent times.
The President, Col Ronnie Potts took the chair and presented the Canynge Caple Cup for the outstanding cricketer of 2012 to bowler Sam Hockin, who took 30 championship wickets. Jake Libby won the Canynge Caple Colt's (U21s) Cup. The Arthur Lugg Cup for outstanding services was presented to team manager Godfrey Furse. The Caerhays Cup, for the highest partnership of the season, was won by Matt Robins and Jake Libby for their stand of 202 against Oxfordshire. The Donald Cocks Cup for fielding went to Tom Hughes. The Ron Tither Memorial Cup for U21 bowling was won by Alex May.
Elections: President – Col R W Potts TD, JP, DL; Chairman – JM Williams, FRICS, DL; Hon. Secretary – Mrs Anita George MBE, JP; Hon Treasurer – RK Hore JP; Captain – TG Sharp; Team Sec / Manager - GR Furse; Under 21s Manager – S Hooper. Over 50s Manager – G Husband. Steve Nicholls resumes the post of the Women's County Manager. The General Committee were re-elected with the co-option of Chris Hunkin, who replaces the late Mike Chadwick.
The President of the Cornish Crusaders, Michael Williams of St Teath, was made a life member of the club. The honour was made in respect of the contribution that the Crusaders have made to Cornish cricket.
The club recently folded after 50 years in existence. In his speech Mr Williams greatly appreciated the appointment and said he had "come a long way since operating the Penzance scoreboard at St Clare as a youth".
The club have announced that Shakil Ahmed has signed a contract as the club's professional for the 2013 season.
The former Pakistan Test bowler, and St Buryan professional, played in the final two games of last season and won the man of the match award in the Championship Final after recording match figures of 10-109.
Ahmed replaces the former Somerset all rounder Keith Parsons, who has been the Cornwall professional since 2008.
Cornwall's preparation for the season again sees the annual training weekend in Jersey in mid April. On Sunday April 21 a pre season game will be played against a Troon Select XI at Treslothan Road for the Rickard Cup.
The opening MCCA Trophy game is at Werrington against Hertfordshire on Sunday May 5.
Cornwall CCC 2013 fixtures:
MCCA Trophy (Group 1): Sun May 5 Hertfordshire at Werrington; Sun May 19 Devon at Redruth; Sun May 26 Oxfordshire at Challow & Childrey; Mon May 27 Bedfordshire at Cople.
Minor Counties Championship: June 9-11 Devon at Exeter; June 23-25 Oxfordshire at Truro; July 7-9 Wiltshire at Corsham; July 21-23 Shropshire at Shrewsbury; August 4-6 Dorset at Truro; August 18-20 Berkshire at St Austell.
DARREN BOWS OUT:
The latest rounds of the Cornwall Billiards and Snooker Association competitions have been played and Alan Hurley (Illogan Highway) recovered from being 2-0 down to defeat Darran Lock (Lostwithiel SC) 4-3 to reach the semi-finals of the individual snooker competition gaining breaks of 30 & 63.
The 2006 winner, Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club), had breaks of 39, 39 & 42 to beat Tony Farrant (St Dominic) 4-2 and Phil Lane (St Rumons) gained a 4-1 victory over Andrew Best (Bugle WMC).
Defending champion, Kevin Steed (St Cleer), plays his quarter final against another former champion, Richard Lloyd (Bude SC) on Thursday March 14.
Hurley will play Timmins in the semi-finals and Phil will play the winner of the Steed and Lloyd match.
Previous champions, Steve Downing and Phil Lane (St Rumons), made their way to the pairs final again with a black ball decider 3-2 win over Tony Farrant & Andy Pearce (St Dominic) and they will play the winner of Jamie Read and Rob Charman (St Rumons) v Andrew Best & Gary Spencer (Bugle WMC).
Andrew Best (-14) will play Kevin Gilbert (+14) Heamoor in the final of the over-45s handicap snooker final. Both players won 3-2 in their semi finals, Andrew defeating John Daniell (+7) (Lostwithiel SC) and Kevin winning against Len Flower (+14) Lostwithiel SC.
In the Individual Handicap snooker county player Barrie McIntosh (-14) Tregonissey won 3-2 against Dominic Clemens (SCR) Churchfield and in the semi finals he will play county youth player, Carl Mitchell (+21) St Rumons who defeated Ryan Gilbert (+7) Heamoor 3-1.
Darran Lock (-10) won 3-0 against Kieran Lynch (+14) Illogan Highway and he will be playing Anthony Williams (SCR) Godolphin Club who won 3-2 against county youth player Aaron Courts (+21) St Neot.
St Day are leading the Peter Bottono Billiards league.
They won 2-1 in their latest game against Menheniot thanks to wins from Charlie Gay and Dave Trembath. Charlie gaining breaks of 50, 53 & 45 while Dave Clue won the point for Menheniot with breaks of 47 & 46.
The Team Snooker final is being played tomorrow Thursday March 7, at Redruth British Rail
Full results on page 112.
FANCY A SUNDAY TEAM?
The West Cornwall Sunday League, sponsored by Active Groundworks is looking ahead to season 2013/2014 and want to know if there is anybody who would like to enter a team into the league.
The league is open to players over the age of 16 and is made up of two divisions, two divisional cups, a sponsored league cup and all teams are entered into the County FA Sunday County Cup.
The West Cornwall Sunday League are also one of the first leagues to adopt the five roll on roll off substitutes.
This allows a maximum of 16 players in total to be able to play each week in all competitions.
So if there is a team with too many players each week, or a club with several sides and you want to make a team and you would like more information about entering a team, please email league secretary Donovan Hodgkin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Trelawny's Army Supporters' Club held their annual dinner and dance at the Ponsmere Hotel, Perranporth, with the club this year celebrating it's 20th anniversary. The principal guests were the club's patron; Sir John Trelawny accompanied by Lady Lurian, along with club president John and Julia Treglown.
Also present were three of the original members, now Life Members. Dave Saunby, whose idea it was to form the club, was the original transport officer and area rep for Falmouth, also John Rowe committee member and another former transport officer and Richard Major previously a press officer, area rep for St Ives and who is recorded as being the first member of the club.
CORNWALL IN SEMIS:
The Cornwall County team of 20 has reached the semi final of the Inter County Rifle Knockout competition by beating Hertfordshire 1940 (ex 2000) to 1930.
It is the first time that the team of 20 has reached this stage of the competition. The top scorers in this round were Pat Emmerson K Spalek and Richard Tanner with 100s.
Domestically the Shoulder to Shoulder League is drawing to a close with one more round of matches to go.
Penzance and St Ives have made sure of retaining the league title, with a draw at Truro both scoring 484 (ex 500).
The top scorers were Doug Kernick John Hancock and Roy Owen all with 98s and at Helston, St Austell secured the win that confirmed them as runners-up the top scores in this match were Grenville Matta with a maximum 100 and Linda Hammond Peter Parker Phil Hammond and Jane Briggs all with 98s. The final matches of the league will be held next week.
SHARON WOOD EVENT:
Last year's Wendron/Sharon Wood Mini-Soccer Tournament raised just over £6,200 for Cancer Research UK and the youth of Wendron FC.
In 13 years a remarkable £70,958 has been raised through your support and by giving youngsters the chance to participate in the largest one day soccer festival in the South West. This year's event takes place on Sunday July 21 at Wendron's Underlane ground.
Entries are invited from age groups under 7 to 13 and once again we expect over 100 teams and 1000 youngsters to take part.
There will be a maximum of 16 teams per age group playing 7@side in two groups on a round robin basis. In age groups under 9 to 13 the top 4 in each group will progress to the knock out stages. The under 7 and 8 age groups will play in accordance with FA guidelines and play round robin games only.
There will be a full programme of events for the whole family including licensed bar in the clubhouse, barbecue, pasties, cakes, ice cream, bouncy castle, some trade stalls, bottle stall, and many other attractions.
Further details and entry forms can be obtained from Alan Watson on 01326 561430 or visit the clubs website – www.wendronfc.com
TOUGH GOING AT GARKER:
On Sunday, Camborne and Redruth Motorcycle Club ran Round 4 of the Luscombe Suzuki Leeds British/ACU Sidecar Trials Championship.
Using the excellent Garker Valley, near St Austell, the 26 entrants, who travelled from far and wide, were faced with one lap of 40 subs. With going in between sections as hard as the sections themselves, it was never going to be an easy day.
Only three entrants competed on the championship route, and it was series sponsor Robin Luscombe and son Sam who took the win, with Peter Dale and Harriet Shore runners-up.
The third crew, father and son Rupert and Chris Kimber, retired early on after a big tumble in section 7, while attempting to scale a bank and fallen tree the outfit came back over and landed on the pair with father Chris taking the brunt of it entailing a trip to the hospital.
The class B win went to Steve Radford, with passenger Mike Redstone in the chair, closely followed by Daryl and Hannah Etherington.
Local lads, Tristan and Karl Jenkin, were a distant third. The biggest class, Class C, went to Paul Churchill and Kevin Parnell, with the cleans tie break having to be used to separate Karl Jarvis/Bob Chapman and Simon Evans/Nick Harding.
Results: Class A: Prem, R Luscombe/S Luscombe 62, P Dale/H Shore 99. Class B: Prem, S Radford/M Redstone 69, D Dale/H Etherington 71, T Jenkin/ K Jenkin 91. Class C: Prem, P Churchill/ K Parnell 60, K Jarvis/ B Chapman 68 (18 cleans), S Evans/N Harding 68 (17 cleans).
ENGLAND CRICKETER AT TEHIDY PARK:
Former England cricketer Derek Randall will be the guest of honour at a gentlemen's day at Tehidy Park Golf Club.
The ex-Notts player will be the guest speaker at the evening meal which follows a round of golf on April 12.
The cost of the day is £25 for Tehidy members and £35 for non-members. Golf rounds will start at noon with the evening activities starting at 7pm. Numbers for the jacket and tie event are limited.For further details ring club secretary Ian Veale on 01209 842208 or catering managers Martin or Kathy Hoyle on 01209 842557.