HUMPHRY DAVY CROWNED COUNTY CHAMPIONS:
The feel-good factor from a superb summer of sport continued as Humphry Davy School's U14 cricket team became champions of Cornwall.
The Humphry Davy boys beat Penrice School in the final at Grampound Road Cricket Club, and were awarded their trophy by none other than Olympic gold medallist and former Humphry Davy School pupil Helen Glover.
The eagerly anticipated game was played after several rain delays at the end of the summer term.
Batting first, Humphry Davy got off to the worst possible start as they lost all three of their county players cheaply. Skipper Matt Skewes and fellow opener Matt Lawrence were both run out after some neat fielding by Penrice within the first two overs. Ryan Cornish quickly followed suit as he was clean bowled at the start of the third over.
Tom Hutton steadied the ship and assisted by Noah Badcock and Will Hood started to get the run rate ticking. After Hood was dismissed James Brooks showed some form and confidence with the bat, and both he and Hutton were in full flow as they formed a strong partnership in the middle order. Hutton was eventually caught out for 32 and Brooks fell lbw for 28. The tail-enders of Kieran Stevens, Matt Robinson and Liam Gould chipped in towards the end to help post a score of 112; a total which at one point looked unachievable.
Humphry Davy knew they would have to bowl and field tightly if they were to defend their modest total.
Making up for his disappointment with the bat Cornish took a wicket in his first over, then another in his second without conceding a run. He finished with the impressive figures of three overs, two wickets for only one run. This set the tone for the innings as Penrice found runs hard to come by as the bowling of Matt Lawrence and Noah Badcock kept them pinned back in the crease. Both finishing with two wickets apiece.
The highlight of the second innings was reserved right until the final over when Anthony Borrett, after already taking an impressive catch in the field, was given the honour of bowling. With his second ball Hutton took an excellent stumping and then off his next ball had another batsmen dismissed through a fine catch from Badcock. This set up a hat-trick opportunity but was denied a very good appeal for another stumping. Nevertheless, victory was well in sight as Penrice finished 64 runs short of their target.
Humphry Davy now go through to a national competition and will play the winners of the Devon final at the start of the 2013 season.
HELEN'S SEAL OF APPROVAL FOR GET ACTIVE CHALLENGE:
Penzance's Olympic gold medal rower Helen Glover has given the thumbs up in support of an exciting new online challenge, aimed at getting workplaces more active.
The Corporate Get Active Challenge will be running for six weeks from Monday October 8 through the www.getactivecornwall.co.uk website, giving all Cornish companies and organisations the opportunity to get more active.
Hot on the heels of the London 2012 Games, the Corporate Get Active Challenge is all set to inspire the county and to get those of us who were previously glued to the TV watching the Games off our sofas and on our feet. All you need is a team of three people.
In support of the initiative, the Team GB rower said: "The 2012 Games have been such a fantastic celebration of sport and I had the sense that the whole county has been behind me.
"The Get Active Challenge is a great opportunity for people across Cornwall to get a bit more active off the back of the Games and create their own legacy of activity.
"I hope the Challenge is a great success and lots of people are inspired to get involved.
She added: "As many people will know, four years ago I hadn't even picked up an oar, so who knows where the Challenge could lead and hopefully some people will choose rowing as one of their activities!
"Even if they aren't aiming for Rio in 2016, I hope that people will set their own targets and have a great time completing the Challenge."
The Challenge has been set up to allow participants the flexibility to do and record as many activities and sports as they like. Participants log the time they have spent exercising and/or the steps they've walked and ran and their activity is converted into miles and plotted on a map of the county, alongside every other team competing; with the aim to circumnavigate the Cornish coast as a collective.
Developed and funded by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, the Corporate Get Active Challenge was piloted last year with Cornwall Council and over 600 employees took part. This year the Challenge has been opened up to all workplaces and the Sports Partnership is hoping to see over 1,000 participants.
Mike Thomas, Director at the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "Working with Cornwall Council last year we exceeded all our expectations, both in levels of participation and enthusiasm.
"It was incredible to see what an impact the Challenge had on team morale, bringing out competitive spirit and also actually doing what it should – getting more people active."
The Corporate Get Active Challenge will go live on October 8 and teams are able to sign up to take at: www.getactivecornwall.co.uk.
HARRIERS LAUNCH NEW BEGINNERS GROUP:
Were you watching the Festival of Sport at Marazion or the Olympics? Would you like to get fit? Then why not join a free run/walk beginners group?
Due to the huge success introducing a 10 week free beginners group in Penzance, Mount's Bay Harriers are again delivering the programme starting on Monday October 1.
The group of specially trained running leaders and coaches at Mount's Bay Harriers have supported, advised and encouraged the group using current best practice in running skills and techniques to more than 30 people in the 10 week programme.
Many of the group have already booked places for the Race for Wildlife 10k on October 14 (see page 79 for details).
A large number of the initial group are remaining with the club and attending the next stage of running development led by the club's coach, also commencing on October 1.
Harriers' coaches and leaders are fully aware of the importance that, no matter the age, fitness level, aspiration, background or location, anyone can benefit from being a part of the running community. Learning the correct techniques can help prevent injuries. Joining the group is easy and a great first step if you want to get into running, if you are already running or you wish to get fit and lose weight and not sure of how to progress you will be welcomed at the group.
There is no membership fee attached to the beginner programme, it is completely free. The group meets on a Monday evening at 7pm in the building to the rear of Mount's Bay School car park.
For further details go to www.mountsbayharriers.co.uk
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS EAGERLY AWAITED:
The annual Cornwall County Badminton Association Senior Restricted (Closed) Championships are being staged at Polkyth Leisure Centre, St Austell this Saturday and Sunday (10am start).
The Men's and Ladies' Singles disciplines, the blue-ribband events, together with the Ladies' Doubles, are being held on Saturday, with the Mixed Doubles and Men's Doubles on Sunday.
All five main disciplines are a knockout format, with Plate competitions in all events.
Supporters and spectators welcome, with food and refreshments available.
SEEDS: Women's Singles: Johanna Philp, Rose Willis, Emily James and Bronwen Wotton. Men's Singles: Shane Maton, James Whetter, Ross Lashbrook, Kris Jasper, Kahoo Tse, Dave Harrington, Josh Pearce, Kelvin Edwards. Women's Doubles: Emily James/Vicki Thomas, Rose Willis/Johanna Philp. Men's Doubles: JamesWhetter/Guy Michell, Tom Lyle/Ross Lashbrook, Shane Maton/Dave Harrington, Kelvin Edwards/Sam Spencer. Mixed Doubles: James Whetter/Johanna Philp, Ross Lashbrook/Bronwen Wotton, Shane Maton /Janet Santillo, Bob Bell/Lynda Beer.
On Sunday Cornwall's Short Mat Bowls county teams travelled to Taunton to face Somerset in the latest round robin fixture.
Cornwall's Premier Team went into the match of the back of a win at home to Dorset and in the knowledge that Somerset had suffered a heavy defeat away to Devon in last week's fixtures.
The first session saw Cornwall win both Singles, Peter Hore 20-9 and Nigel Nicholls 14-10, and Somerset both Pairs, Cornwall led by 3 shots overall 54-51.
The second session saw Somerset dominate with only Patsy Wakeley, Neil Gribble & Chris Roberts for Cornwall preventing a session whitewash after drawing 10-10 in the Triples. At the halfway stage Somerset led 11 points and 92 shots to Cornwall's 5 points and 78 shots.
In the afternoon session Cornwall again won both Singles, Peter claiming two shots on the last end of a hard fought match against fellow England Squad member Kevin Pinkawa to win 11-9 and Nigel winning 19-13. Having won all four Singles during the match Cornwall claimed the bonus points to leave the match score at Somerset 17pts 157 shots Cornwall 11pts 124 shots. Another disappointing session in the afternoon Triples and Fours saw Cornwall add just two points to their total, recorded by Melba Kitt, Derek Elliott, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher in the Fours winning 10-7. Final match score: Somerset 27pts 198 shots Cornwall 13pts 146 shots. Cornwall will need a significant improvement from the Pairs, Triples and Fours when they face Dorset in Bere Regis on October 7.
Match scores and table page 81.
Cornwall's A team started the day as group leaders following their win over Dorset last weekend. Somerset started brighter in the first session winning three out of four mats.
Cornwall's points recorded by Luke Jolly with an 11-8 win in the Singles. In the second session Cornwall won both Fours, Sheila Hodge, Betty Temple-Smith, Jim Rule & Terry Bray did not concede an end as they won 12-0 and Meg Horrell, Pam Williams, Brenda Sleep & Derek Newton won 10-8. At the halfway stage Somerset led 10pts 93 shots to Cornwall's 6pts 67 shots.
Cornwall enjoyed a good third session, claiming three wins. Luke Jolly 17-9 and Martin Boraston 14-10 in the Singles and Keith Williams & Mike Widger 15-13 in the Pairs. Cornwall claimed the Singles bonus points to level the match score at 14 points apiece with Somerset 142-119 ahead on shots. Cornwall only mustered one win from the final session, Tony Jago, Henry Kendall & Keith Matthews 13-5 in the Triples but also added the Fours bonus points to their match total.
Final result: Somerset 22pts 186 shots Cornwall 18pts 149 shots.
Cornwall's next match will be at the Dorset Bowls Resort, Bere Regis when Dorset will be the opposition.
MOUNTS BAY SAILING CLUB:
Saturday September 22: In an easterly Force 4, gusting to 5, RO Adam Ellery put on the perfect race, or the only option, a windward/leeward course across Marazion and Long Rock beaches.
In the two-boat Osprey fleet, a brave but light-weight John Matthews and Nick Medlicott started out in a blaze of glory with the spinnaker set off the line and hoped to survive the eight laps. Unfortunately this was not to be and after John managed to tie his tiller extension in knots with the spinnaker sheet as it flapped around after a gybe, all Osprey sailors know what's coming next, a cold capsize.
But from the light to the heavy, Steve George and Mike Greig went for it, enjoying the downwind leg and fighting the beats face on. Steve maintained the upright position to take line honours.
An impressive fleet of eight lasers took to the water and already pre-race, Eden Backhouse returned to shore after capsizing and taking a bang on the head. The rest of the fleet headed out towards the leeward mark, all that is except George Cousins who surfed his way to a healthy lead at the first mark then hit the left hand side of the beat to open up an insurmountable lead and go on to take the honours.
Nick Harvey and Graham Cousins followed George up the left hand side of the beat and opened up a gap between Greg Harris and Nick Stoten at the first windward mark. After a boat on boat encounter, Nick Harvey retired to leave Graham in a comfortable position for second spot and Nick Stoten claimed third with his big rig too much for Greg in a radial. After her pre race training with George, Lucy Campbell claimed fifth overall and took the 4.7 honours. New to the laser class, Duncan Bruce did well to get his big rig round the course in testing conditions.
Three Mirrors braved the conditions with Simon Chapman and crew Matthew Tyler, although close to capsizing at one point, managing to win. Behind them Amy George and crew Lisa Prichard sailed extremely well to come in second while Abbie Medlicott and Jess Jago thought better of it and retired.
Saturday: Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, John Matthews/Nick Medlicott (retired). Lasers: 1, George Cousins; 2, Graham Cousins; 3, Nick Stoten; Lasers (4.7): Lucy Campbell. Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman/Matthew Tyler; 2, Amy George/Lisa Prichard.
Sunday: cancelled due to high winds.
SOUTH WEST OPEN:
The small-bore wing of the Cornwall Target Shooting Association sent junior teams to the South West Open Shoot at Budleigh Farm, Moretonhampstead, to compete against Devon for the Powderham Cup and the Chris Burrows shield.
The Cornish teams were successful, winning both trophies.
In the Powderham Cup, Cornwall's team of five scored an impressive 2853 points (ex 3000) against Devon's 2766.
The Cornwall team, all under 18, as they have to be for both competitions, was: Will Thorogood (captain) from the Truro club, his brother Tom, Josh Mortimer from the Helston club, and two more Truro shooters, Lucy Allen and Matt Pitman.
The team's top scorer was Josh Mortimer with 582 (ex 600), followed by Will Thorogood with 578.
In the second competition for the Chris Burrows Shield, Cornwall fielded three teams, in order to give long range competition experience to some newer juniors. Devon fielded two teams.
The teams were of three shooters per team, all shooting 60 shots at 50 metres for this competition.
Cornwall A won the match, with Devon A 31 points behind. Cornwall B finished third, ahead of Devon B with Cornwall C fifth.
The winning score by Cornwall A was 1727 (ex 1800. The team was Will Thorogood, Josh Mortimer and Lucy Allen.
Devon A finished with 1696, Cornwall B scored 1639, and their team was: Tom Thorogood, Matt Pitman and Peter Johnson from the Penzance & St Ives club.
They just pipped Devon B by two points, and the Cornwall C team scored 1540 and enjoyed the experience, which will stand them in good stead in the future.
The C team was Kieran Rule from Truro, Sam Bassett and Jonathon Oldcord (both Penzance & St Ives).
The winner of the best average for the day was Josh Mortimer with 194 (ex 200) with Will Thorogood second with an average of 193.33.
The award for the best score by a novice went to Sam Bassett from the Penzance & St Ives Club.