CORNWALL OPEN TITLE DEFENCE AGAINST DEVON:
Cornwall County Cricket Club's defence of their Minor Counties Championship title, which they won for the first time back in September, will start at Exeter in June 2013, against old rivals Devon, writes Michael Weeks.
The game is scheduled for the County Ground, which only last year returned to staging championship games after 25 years.
Previously Cornwall played at the venue on numerous occasions going back as far as 1905. The most recent was the 1980 Gillette Cup defeat, followed a year later by a drawn championship game.
The other away games see a third successive visit to Corsham, to play Wiltshire.
In contrast the mid July trip to take on Shropshire, at Shrewsbury, will be a first ever visit to London Road. This despite the county town regularly hosting games since the Western Division was formed in 1983.
Truro Cricket Club have another busy schedule lined up. As well as the Cornish Cricket Festival they are staging two championship games. Oxfordshire visit in June and Dorset in early August. The final game of the season is against Berkshire at St Austell, commencing on August 18.
There is a later start in the MCCA Trophy next season for Cornwall with their first game not until Sunday May 5, against Hertfordshire at Werrington.
It will be the first ever one-day game at Ladycross, though championship games were played in both 1998 and 1999.
On May 19 Devon return to Redruth, having lost at Trewirgie in 2010. Both away ties are being played over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend, to reduce travel costs. Oxfordshire will be the opponents, at the familiar venue of Challow & Childrey, on Sunday May 26.
The following day there is a first visit to Cople, near Bedford, to play Bedfordshire on the Holiday Monday. As a result no Premier League games are being fixtured in Cornwall on Monday May 27.
Cornwall County Cricket Club Fixtures 2013:
MCCA Trophy (Group 1): Sunday May 5: Hertfordshire at Werrington; Sunday May 19 : Devon at Redruth; Sunday May 26: Oxfordshire at Challow & Childrey; Monday May 27: Bedfordshire at Cople. Quarter Finals: Sunday June 16. Semi Finals:Sunday July 14.
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. September 11: Championship Final – venue Winner of East Division.
TIM JOINS UMPIRES' LIST:
The Cornwall Association of Cricket Officials will have a full member on the Minor Counties Umpires list in 2013 for the first time in a number of years.
It was announced at last week's MCCA Annual Meeting at Lord's that Tim Boston of Perranuthnoe, near Penzance, has been appointed. He only joined CACO for the 2010 season. He will be the first Cornish based Minor Counties umpire since Peter Kingston-Davey, who stood from 1995 to 2006, though he moved out of the county after 2003.
County Club secretary, Anita George has been re-elected unopposed to both the MCCA's Management Committee and, by the Recreational Assembly, to the ECB Cricket Discipline Commission.
LEGENDS SPORTING DINNER:
More than 200 guests enjoyed a fantastic Sporting Dinner at the Headland Hotel in Newquay, with former England rugby captain Martin Corry, and ex-Arsenal and England player Ray Parlour regaling the audience with tales from both on and off the pitch.
The evening was sponsored by Penzance-based Elite Wealth Management. The company's Managing Director Alan Powell was in his element, being both a massive rugby fan, and lifelong supporter of Arsenal FC.
Event organiser Alan George from Cornish Sporting Club said: "I think it's fair to say that our guests enjoyed a superb evening with these two sporting legends, and I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone for making it such a memorable night.
"We are now working hard organising next year's Cornish Cricket Festival, where we are sure to see professional cricket at its best."
For the 2013 Festival, organisers Cornish Sporting Club are thrilled to have secured a CB40 match between Nottinghamshire and the Netherlands on June 19, with another high profile game to be announced in the coming weeks.
Bringing the match to Truro Cricket Club is a huge coup for the county and has been organised by the Cornish Sporting Club.
Cornish Sporting Club's director, Alan George, said: "We are thrilled to be able to make this announcement that the Netherlands v Nottinghamshire match is going to be one of the feature games for the 2013 Cornish Cricket Festival.
"For Cornwall to get a league game of this magnitude is amazing for the county and we hope that sports fans will come along to show their support, enjoying what is sure to be a magnificent game."
Twice-crowned European Footballer of the Year, and former England manager Kevin Keegan will be the star attraction at the Festival Sporting Dinner, which takes place on June 21. Tickets for these events can be purchased through the Festival website www.cornishcricketfestival.co.uk.
DUCHY MAKE A POINT:
Cornwall's top players picked up a well-deserved point on Sunday and were unlucky to lose 8-7 at Polkyth Leisure Centre against Somerset in a closely fought match.
This narrow defeat showed the progress that the young team are making in their tough new division against some of the best sides in the country, and bodes well for the future.
The Cornwall men were on top throughout the afternoon, winning both singles and all the men's doubles and Somerset had no answer to the power and touch shots on display.
Kris Jasper (17) had a stunning debut match for the first team, dominating his singles opponent who didn't get a look in, and then teaming up with Shane Maton to win their doubles in style.
Ross Lashbrook and Tom Lyle were once again impressive, as they showed just how to play men's doubles with their consistent attack and fine defence.
Cornwall's women, struggling with injury and illness, had a hard time against Somerset who had the edge with their power and precision in all the singles and doubles, which made the score 6-6 going into the mixed.
First up were Ross and Bronwen Wotton, against an experienced and skilful pair who took the game relatively easily, despite Cornwall rallying in the second end.
Next came Shane and Vicki Thomas, unbeaten going into this match, but unlucky this time in losing two close ends, which gave the match to Somerset to the groans of the crowd.
Cornish pride was restored, as Tom and Rose Willis won the third and most exciting mixed which went to the wire, but they always looked like they were capable of winning, with Tom's steady attack and Rose's consistency.
Cornwall now look forward to the next match, a long trip to West Glamorgan in the new year.
Cornwall team: Shane Maton, Ross Lashbrook, Tom Lyle, Kris Jasper, Jo Philp. Rose Willis, Bronwen Wotton, Vicki Thomas.
CORNWALL FA ANNOUNCE NEW ARGYLE YOUTH LINK:
Boys in the county have been given the opportunity to develop their football skills through a new partnership between Cornwall FA and Plymouth Argyle's Supporters Trust.
The player pathway programme incorporates all affiliated football in the Duchy and the unique partnership includes clubs, leagues, schools, facility providers.
The support from Plymouth Argyle FC will provide a clear, progressive development route for all young players in Cornwall.
Players who excel at their local club or school will be invited into one of a network of local long term player development centres which will augment the coaching they receive in their club.
Existing centres at Mounts Bay School, Penryn College, Cornwall College (Camborne), Callington College will work in partnership with the centres established by Plymouth Argyle FC Football in the community at Liskeard and Truro and planned centres at Brannel School and Camelford.
The local centres will integrate with the Cornwall Schools FA representative squads and coaches.
Clubs will benefit from support from FA, Cornwall FA and Plymouth Arygle FC's coaches which will support the 'long term player development' approach.
Club coaches will be supported with advice and information on the planning and delivery of appropriate practice with specific age groups.
Both Charter Standard Youth Leagues in Cornwall – the Kernow Youth League and East Cornwall Youth League are supporting the initiative through their League development plans having this season endorsed the FA youth review proposals.
The centre will be based at Brannel School, which also hosts the Girls' player development centre, is the one which will be supported by PAFC academy coaches and provide the pinnacle of the player pathway in Cornwall.
Andy Mitchell, Cornwall FA Development Manager said: ''We have been working to create a player pathway for some years and had some of the building blocks in place with the good work that coaches such as Jake Ash, Dan Inch, Kevin Lawrence and Lee Beer have been delivering with their centres.
"We have worked closely with Plymouth Argyle FC staff who have all been supportive in shaping the programme and who will continue to play a key role going forward.
"We have the best coaches in the best facilities in Cornwall, so we have a terrific opportunity to raise standards.''
COUNTY MIXED FOURS:
On Sunday 23 teams competed in the County Mixed Fours at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club.
Teams were split into five groups, one of six, one of five and three of four giving five group winners and three runners up to go forward to the finals in February.
Group One, the group of six, saw Lynette Golledge, Bill Sharp, Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) unbeaten to win the group with 6 points +34 shots. Pam Hamley, Terry Bray, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) also progress as one of the three runners up with 4 +13.
Group Two, the group of five, was won by Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Lynne Davey (Liskeard), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) & Gary Davey (Liskeard) with 6 +25. Rosemary Curnow, Patsy Wakeley, Chris Roberts & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) claimed a runners up spot with 4 +9.
Group Three was won by Jacky Tyler (Blisland), Marilyn Stewart, Arthur Hambley (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) with 6 +12 after defeating June Trestrail, Terry Trevorrow, Linda Billington & Chris Harris (Hayle) in the final game, leaving them on 4 points and 0 shots missing out on a runners up spot.
Group Four winners were Elise Daniell (Holmans), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) & Peter Hore (Holmans) with 5 +17 after defeating previously unbeaten Marion Keers, John Keers, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East) 15-1 in the final game in turn costing the St Newlyn East team a place in the finals after finishing on 4 +5.
The final group was won by Jenny Richards, Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Luke Jolly & Karen Watson (Treviscoe) with 6 +9, also qualifying from the group were Melba Kitt, Margaret Goodwin, Graham Reeves and Darren Woolner (Saltash) with 4 +15.
The eight qualifying teams return to Carnmoggas on Sunday February 3 for the finals.
WEST CORNWALL LEAGUE:
St Austell have taken over at the top of the Premier Division of the West Cornwall League, thanks to two good 9-1 wins over Palace B and Mylor A, writes Malcolm Peters.
Palace made the trip north and were staring a 10-0 defeat in the face being 9-0 down after the singles, but took the doubles to avoid the whitewash.
Docks B lost out to Bridge B 7-3, while Docks A took a maximum 10 against Bridge A.
In Division One Nick Peters kept up the good run of form when Docks F visited Mylor B, beating Bob Bridges, Ian Bell and Chris Bassett. However Bell and Bassett both defeated Dennis Williams and granddaughter Dominique to ensure four points for Mylor.
Division Two saw leaders Cape Cornwall A defeat Palace E 9-1, John Allam saving the day for Palace with a win over Kaye Stenner.
At the other end of the table fellow strugglers Docks J defeated a depleted Cape Cornwall B 7-3 leaving the Cape stuck at the bottom with five points. Josh Copeland and Roger Scorse remained undefeated.
Mid-table St Ives B came away 6-4 winners against Palace D, with two wins each from Josh Francis, William Wynne and Tristan Wynne.
In Division Three leaders Docks P stretched the gap with a 9-1 win over Palace G who could only field two players, while Mylor C and Docks L fought out a 5-5 draw.