HELSTON WIN THRILLER:
Helston 197-8. Wadebridge 195-9
Helston's marked their long awaited return to County One County One with a thrilling two run victory over Wadebridge at Beacon Park on Saturday, writes John Martin.
After losing the toss and being asked to bat they struggled initially under a cloudy sky with plenty of swing for the opposition bowlers.
Helston opened with skipper Dan Jenkin and Stuart Pethick and took the score to 17 before Pethick was LBW for eight.
Ross Leathley, in at three in the absence of Chris Martin who had work commitments, helped Jenkin steady the ship against some tidy bowling.
With the score of 59 Jenkin was bowled by New Zealander Phil Lill for 32 which included three fours.
Ben Rule in at four for his debut home game began what was to be a match winning innings slowly and the score moved on to 78 before Leathley was caught and bowled by Lill for 15.
We were then treated to one of Helston's famous mid-order collapses with Mark Thomas, Josh Ninnis, Tommy Sturgess and Steve Jenkin only adding eight runs between them to leave the home side struggling on 91 for the loss of seven wickets.
Aussie Jordan Fulton joined Rule and the pair added 95 runs for the next wicket which fell at 186. Jordan departed for a hard hit 34 which included a six and one four. Left hander Rule was batting superbly and ended not out on 80 when the innings closed on 197 for eight wickets, his innings included nine fours.
Kannan was not out one and Peter Boyd did not get to the crease. Lill was Wadebridge's top wicket taker with three for 36 off his 10 overs, Stuart Parkyn had two for 48 off his 10, Robert Centini two for 40 off eight overs and Alex Gill one for 34 off 10.
With the clouds gone and the ground bathed in sunshine Helston needed an early breakthrough and that is exactly what they got. Charlie McLachlan was first to go caught behind by Ninnis off Peter Boyd for two with seven runs on the board and Charlie Ellis was LBW for two to Fulton with no addition to the total.
When Lill was caught and bowled by Fulton also for two with the score on 19 Helston were well on top.
Danger man Nick Yelland hit a lusty 21 before falling LBW to Boyd with the score on 38 for the loss of four wickets.
Any thoughts Helston had of a collapse were soon dispelled as Neil Richards and James Maycock restored the balance with a partnership of 101 to take Wadebridge well in sight of victory with plenty of overs left.
Maycock was fifth wicket down for a well made 50 clean bowled by Tommy Sturgess. Sturgess then removed Joe Skinner for a duck also clean bowled with the score on 150 for six wickets.
Stuart Parkyn was caught by Mark Thomas off the bowling of Fulton for 10 at 172 for seven and with the visitors only needing 26 runs for victory Helston badly needed the wicket of Richards.
Skipper Jenkin duly obliged, having him caught behind by Ninnis for 61 with the score on 178 for eight, Jenkin then bowled Alex Gill for five to make it 181 for nine.
Ten runs were needed off the last over but Will Cooke and Robert Centini couldn't manage to reach their target ending two runs short . Fulton took three wickets for 37 off his 10 overs, Boyd three for 24 off 10, Sturgess two for 29 off 10 and Dan Jenkin two for 42 off 10. Both teams were deducted a point each for slow over rates.
Helston 197-8 (B Rule 80no, J Fulton 34, D Jenkin 32; P Lill 3-26, R Centini 2-38, S Parkyn 2-48).
Wadebridge 195-9 (N Richards 61, J Maycock 50; J Fulton 3-37, P Boyd 2-24, T Sturgess 2-29, D Jenkin 2-42). Helston (17pts) bt Wadebridge (7) by two runs. Both sides deducted one point for slow over rates.
On Saturday Helston make the short trip to Stithians.
Helston II 139. Falmouth III 55
This was an excellent start to the season for Helston with a comprehensive away Division 5 West win at Falmouth 3rds by 84 runs.
Helston lost the toss and were invited to bat and the top five batsmen all got into double figures, skipper Luke Clark top scored with 43, 12-year-old Karl Leathley had 26, Greg Moore 19, Matt Lee 17 and the returning Steve Bury 10.
The tail failed to wag and the innings closed on 139.
Fern Nicholls was Falmouth most successful bowler with five for 22 off eight overs.
Falmouth's innings never got going and they were scuttled out for 55 with only Adrian Mecuri getting into double figures.
Bowling for Helston, Luke Clark had three wickets for six runs, Mark Williams three for seven runs and one each for Andrew Pethick, Alex Evans and Sam Rule.
Helston II 139 (L Clark 43, K Leathley 26; F Nicholls 5-22, T Spiller 2-28).
Falmouth III 55 (L Clark 3-6, M Williams 3-7).
Helston (18pts) beat Falmouth (6) by 84 runs.
Mullion 2nds visit Beacon Park on Saturday.
PRAA SANDS ROUND-UP:
Ryan Semmens won the Men's Anniversary Trophy at Praa Sands on Sunday with 40 points. David Prowse was second with 38 on the last nine holes from Ray Crebo in third and Mike Hawke-Treneer fourth with 37.
Anne Griffiths won the Ladies' Anniversary Trophy on Saturday with 32 points. Ann Seabrook was second with 29, Carole Jones third with 27 and Linda Dunford fourth with 26 points on the last nine holes from Margaret Richardson.
Judy Harris won the Ladies' nine-hole Stableford on Wednesday with 17 points with Anne Griffiths second with 16 points and Ann Seabrook third with 14 points.
The Ogres Stableford results: 1 Jess Willard (38 points); 2 Alan Lawrence (37 points); 3 Bobby Fox (36 points) and 4 John Clapson (35 points).
Friday Fun Golf: 1 John Clapson, Mel Smith & Ryan Semmens; 2 Simon Phillips, Ray Crabo & Rob Gall; 3 Brian Gent, Dave Ladner & Ed Leah; 4 Barry Knowles, Tommy Phillips & Steve Harper.
On Saturday the Ladies play for the Trethewey Putter Trophy and on Sunday the men play for the Colin Cratchley Memorial Trophy and on Monday there is the Kensa Peswarre Mixed Foursomes competition with a shotgun start at 5.30pm.
On Wednesday the ladies play in the morning and the Ogres meet in
The results from Friday's roll-up at Mullion were are as follows. Congratulations to Jon Kew on scoring 40 points and for signing his card as well.
Second in Division 1 was Jonathon Rowley with 38 points and Alex McHugh third with 37 points, beating Bradley Keenan on countback.
In Division 2 the winner was Graham Robinson with 37 points, second was Greg Curnow with 36 points and third on countback from three others was Mal Dickinson with 33 points.
Sunday's competition had a familiar ring to it, with Sean Flynn winning the Howard Forsythe Salver with a nett score of 66, with Jim McClung second with a 68 beating Neil Perry into third on countback.
Sean's win saw him earn a handicap reduction to 20 and with an exceptional score cut of an additional shot, so down to 19.
In the Ernest Croker Salver all the prizes were taken by the same three ball with Alan Trerise the winner with a 67, second was Nigel Thwaites with a 69 and Iain Lunt third with a 70.
TRIPLE VICTORY AT OPENING LEAGUE MEETS FOR CBHSC:
With the swimming league season under way Carn Brea and Helston Swimming Club made a positive start by winning three out of the three league events entered by their different squads last weekend.
Carn Brea and Helston were invited by Kelly College in Tiverton to take part in a new event 'The Kelly Chase' a two event series, with the first taking place at Kelly College on April 27.
This meet included a chase event in which swimmers are set off at intervals, one from each team, and the objective is to catch the swimmer in front of you.
This provided some exciting racing and generated a lot of noise from supporters as swimmers pounded their way down the pool to catch their opposition. In addition the Kelly Chase included individual races in all ages and all strokes as well as age group medley relays.
This event was a special event just for the younger swimmers aged between nine and 13.
The club's head coach, Michael Kent selected a small but powerful squad of swimmers who are clearly the faces of the future. This squad were outstanding at this event and won 29 of the 41 races.
In the final canon relay, which included the fastest boy and girl from each age group, the CBHSC swimmers had such a commanding lead that they managed to lap all opposition.
The final score resulted in an emphatic win for Carn Brea and Helston over Kelly College and Kingsbridge Swimming Clubs. As an additional bonus the swimmers produced some superb times, including a number of significant PBs.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable event, in which the host club, Kelly College, made all swimmers feel really welcome. The return round takes place at the beginning of June and includes a barbecue and a chance for the team to get to socialise with the other clubs after some more serious competition.
Many of these young swimmers had also taken part in the Cornwall and West Devon League the previous day.
Carn Brea and Helston is in the fortunate position of being able to run two strong teams in this annual swimming league. This competition involves a wider range of ages from U11s to the open age group.
Swimmers compete in a mix of relay events and individual sprint events. Swimmers often produce better times when sprinting for their team than for their own gain and this certainly proved the case as 33 new personal best times were created during this event.
The CBHSC 'A' team was away at Bodmin Dragon Leisure Centre and pitted against teams from Truro City, Plymouth Leander, Wadebridge and Bodmin.
This proved to be an exciting round as the points between Plymouth and Carn Brea were never more than four points apart, with the overall top placing constantly alternating between the two clubs.
Every race counted and affected the final score.
It was fitting that the event finally resulted in a dead heat, with both Plymouth Leander and CBHSC being given joint top position.
On the same day the 'B' team were doing battle against three other Cornish teams at Carn Brea Leisure Centre.
It's testament to the strength of the B team that they finally emerged as the top point scoring team as the winners of this event, Truro's TR1 club, consisted of a number of swimmers from other clubs which prevented them from being counted in the league results.
Both the Carn Brea and Helston A and B teams are looking strong for the next league round in a few weeks' time.
WENDRON DUO CLAIM WIN:
Jason Grigor and Shane McCartney (Wendron CC A) won the West Cornwall Winter Pool League Doubles Knockout with a 3-0 victory over Dan Jenkin and Gary Smith (Helston FC A).
Jason and Shane went through finals night unbeaten winning 2-0 against Darran Hill and Paul Willetts (Mullion FC A) in the quarter finals and defeating Sarah Gallant and Dave Thomas (Angel Hotel A) 2-0 in the semi finals. Sarah and Dave had a good 2-0 win in their quarter final against Paul Bassett and Paul Tresidder (Rodney Inn A).
Dan and Gary started well with a fine 2-1 win over four times previous champions, Kevin Bosustow and Steve Williams (Lizard FC A) and then won 2-0 against Father and Son, Jimmy Johns (Lizard FC A) and Fabian Johns (Godolphin Club F).
There were a couple of outstanding games played last week and in Division Three Angel Hotel A consolidated
their third spot with a 7-2 win over Lion and Lamb B while in division 4 Constantine SC B won 7-2 against Bell Inn B.
Full Results from Doubles finals night: Quarter finals: Sarah Gallant and Dave Thomas (Angel Hotel A) 2 Paul Bassett and Paul Tresidder (Rodney Inn A) 0; Darran Hill and Paul Willetts (Mullion FC A) 0 Jason Grigor and Shane McCartney (Wendron CC A) 2; Jimmy Johns (Lizard FC A) and Fabian Johns (Godolphin F) 2 Stu Thomas and Tony Bungay (Rodney) 0; Kev Bosustow and Steve Williams (Lizard FC A) 1 Dan Jenkin and Gary Smith (Helston FC A) 2. Semi finals: Sarah Gallant and Dave Thomas (Angel Hotel A) 0 Jason Grigor and Shane McCartney (Wendron CC A) 2; Jimmy Johns (Lizard FC A) and Fabian Johns (Godolphin F) 0 Dan Jenkin and Gary Smith (Helston FC A) 2. Final: Jason Grigor and Shane McCartney (Wendron CC A) 3 Dan Jenkin and Gary Smith (Helston FC A) 0. Please note all venues should have received their summer league fixtures now. The league starts on Monday, May 12. The fixtures are also on the website.
WEST CORNWALL WINTER LEAGUE
P W L B Pts Helston FC A 24 21 3 24 192 Wendron CC A 24 22 1 24 186 Lizard FC A 24 19 5 24 152 Godolphin Club F 24 15 9 24 137 White Hart B 24 13 11 24 137 Helston RBL A 24 12 12 24 137 Rodney Inn A 24 13 11 24 128 Rodney Inn B 24 11 13 24 124 Atlantic Inn A 24 8 16 24 114 Killigrew Inn 24 7 17 24 111 St Keverne Band Club 24 6 18 23 105 Constantine SC A 24 6 18 22 98 Coach & Horses 24 3 21 24 92
Single Aggregate: 21 wins – Simon Morrish (Helston FC A), Gary Smith (Helston FC A); 19 wins – Kevin Bosustow (Lizard FC A).
P W L B Pts Mullion FC A 24 21 3 24 169 Helston RFC A 24 16 8 24 148 Paris A 24 14 10 23 144 Godolphin Club B 24 17 7 23 143 Helston RBL B 24 14 10 24 140 Lion & Lamb A 24 15 9 23 139 Helston RFC C 24 12 12 24 129 Bell Inn A 24 11 13 24 128 White Hart C 24 10 14 24 126 Helston RFC B 24 10 14 24 122 Helston RBL D 24 7 17 24 116 White Hart A 24 5 19 24 115 Godolphin Club A 24 4 20 17 87
Single Aggregate: 20 wins – Chris Spurrier (Mullion FC A), Scott Patterson (Mullion FC A); 18 wins – Paul Willetts (Mullion FC A), Bryan Winney (Bell Inn A).
P W L B Pts Helston Cricket Club 24 21 3 24 165 Wendron CC B 24 19 5 23 156 Angel Hotel A 24 16 8 24 152 Crown Inn 24 16 8 24 137 Harbour Inn 23 13 10 21 132 Mounts Bay 24 11 13 23 130 Black Swan 24 8 16 23 125 Helston RFC D 24 10 14 24 125 Five Pilchards 24 9 15 24 122 Lion & Lamb B 24 11 13 14 115 Lizard FC C 24 10 14 24 111 Breage SC 24 6 18 23 110 Mullion FC B 23 5 18 13 99
Single Aggregate: 21 wins – Jamie Borrett (Helston CC), 20 wins – Josh Ninnis (Helston CC).
P W L B Pts Helston FC B 26 20 6 26 171 Potters Bar B 26 20 6 26 170 Red Lion A 26 16 10 26 158 Bell Inn B 26 15 11 26 151 Out of the Blue 26 13 13 26 147 Atlantic Inn B 26 16 10 26 146 Potters Bar A 26 11 15 24 138 Constantine SC B 25 11 14 24 137 Seven Stars 26 11 15 23 135 Red Lion B 26 10 16 26 135 Queens Arms 26 12 14 26 133 Wheel Inn 26 10 16 26 131 Red Lion C 26 11 15 26 123 Paris B 25 5 20 22 107
Single Aggregate: 21 wins – Nathan Rogers (Out of the Blue), Tony Hicks (Red Lion C), Stu Hamill (Potters Bar A), David Cheetham (Potters Bar B), Paul Richards (Constantine SC B); 20 wins – Benji Tremayne (Red Lion B).