DUCHY FIND IT TOUGH:
Cornwall Under 11s went to the annual King's College Festival at Taunton to face five days of cricket against a very strong county line up.
Their group included Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Kent, Lancashire and Surrey.
On day one, Cornwall played Gloucestershire, who amassed an excellent 200 for six. Cornwall's wickets were taken by Joe Tunnicliffe, Matthew Lello and Lewis Goldsworthy. There were also run outs from Joss Hearn, Karl Leathley and Tunnicliffe. Cornwall batted for 43 overs and ended on 95. The main contributions came from Say Wyatt with 20 and Lello not out on 16.
Day two saw Cornwall bat first against Lancashire on a dewy ground and scored 88 for six in their 45 overs. Goldsworthy carried his bat for a patient 34 and he was well supported in a 54 partnership by Billy Edwards (14). Lancashire chased confidently and the only wicket to fall went to Sam Wyatt.
Day three brought Oxfordshire. Cornwall bowled first and were superb in the field restricting the opposition to 120 for eight in 40 overs. Wickets went to Lello, Wyatt and Goldsworthy, and there were more run outs by Matthew Bray, Karl Leathley and Will Trenoweth and two stunning catches at short cover by Leathley. Cornwall battled hard and chased well after losing three early wickets. The middle order came close as Cornwall ended on 97 for seven in 40 overs. The main runs came from Leathley (22) Tunnicliffe and Trenoweth (both 12).
Cornwall took on Kent on day four. Again batting first, Cornwall ended on 113 for six with captain Wyatt top scoring with a superb unbeaten 57. Kent started slowly sue to good bowling from Cornwall from Alex Pascoe and Goldsworthy who took two for 15. The rest of the bowlers stuck to their tasks well with Ethan Badcock taking one for 17 but could not restrict the hard hitting Kent batsmen. Charlie Armstrong bowled quickly and took two for 15.
The final day saw Cornwall take on Surrey in a T20. Harry Trethewey remained unbeaten and all of the Cornwall batsmen tried hard to keep the runs flowing. Cornwall ended on 53. Surrey wobbled at four for two after two overs but stayed on top and passed the Cornwall score in the 13th over.
CORNWALL MAKE HISTORY:
Devon 24, Cornwall 32
Rugby League celebrated its 117th birthday by recording another first for the sport as Cornwall defeated Devon by 32-24 in the third annual South West County Challenge at Teignmouth RFC.
It's the first time any Cornish RL team has recorded a victory.
Cornwall's captain, Andy Webster, received the trophy from Martin Roddy MBE. Fotu Latitu, a Tongan-origin player from Saltash, took the Andy Tyres Trophy as the man of the match.
For Beach and the Cornwall RL Association, the challenge is to build for next year. There are hopes that Launceston will join the SW Division, in which the five Devon teams currently play, and that the western Cornish players will run a nines series in preparation for next year's County game, which is expected to return to the Cornish Pirates' Mennaye Field.
Cornwall: Adam McRowan, Ben Tharme, Dan Hinton, Alec Plunkett (Plymouth Titans), Sam Pengelly (Plymouth Titans); Andy Webster, Chris Richards (Somerset Vikings); Albert Hall, Johnny Platt (Plymouth Titans), Aaron Tharme, Bryan Webb, Laurence Belt, Fotu Latitu (Somerset Vikings); Bench: Alex Dean, Guy Pallett, Rob Macintyre, Darren Horne (Somerset Vikings).
ZENNOR TEAMS TAKE PART IN CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Zennor Gig Club fielded two crews for the Ladies' County Gig Rowing Championships, held in uncharacteristically fine weather at the weekend.
Ninety crews took part in the event, consisting of two races over the Saturday with progression through to the Sunday races based on placing first or second, or having a fast qualifying time.
Zennor Ladies' A placed a comfortable second in their first heat to Charlestown Ladies A thus earning a position in round two, where they rowed strongly in their heat to come a close third to Padstow A and Swanage B.
The winners of each heat of this round went through to the quarter-finals on Sunday, along with the 16 fastest losers.
Zennor Ladies managed to qualify joint 15th fastest so went through, only to have another tussle in the quarter-finals with the same crew from Swanage B, with the latter gaining and maintaining the same five second advantage, Zennor finishing sixth to their fifth.
The heat was won by Falmouth Ladies' A with second place going to Mounts Bay Ladies A. These two crews went on to win and place second in the whole event. Zennor's B crew did not make it into round two.
Overall, Zennor Ladies' A finished 22nd out of 90, and were extremely pleased, as the crew had two new members in Lottie Millard and Sam Roberts and had only trained together as a crew on three occasions.
For the first time ever Mounts Bay entered four crews in the Cornish Pilot Gig Ladies' County Championships at Newquay.
The D crew of Ryan Watts (cox), Rebecca Harvey, Marcia Bell, Kelly Blackmore, Virginia Bounds, Zoe Payne, and Sandra Barbiero were up first. With some new rowers in the crew and a junior they rowed fantastically well, but their time wasn't quick enough to see them row their way into round two. However they achieved a good overall placing of 51st out of 90 crews who entered.
The C crew of Jo Cottam (cox), Jess Morris-Marsham, Tracy Tonkin, Teresa Jago, Caroline McGregor, Claire Hillage and Ali Morgan rowed next and again despite their best efforts failed to qualify for the second round. Their final placing was 71st.
The B crew of Sam Gilman (cox), Emma Hope, Lucy O'Hare, Jo Culley, Ellisha Jenkin, Julie Ancell and Ele Hague qualified comfortably for the quarter finals but they missed out on a semi-final spot by three places, however achieving a final placing of 15th, with only two other B crews ahead of them.
The A crew of Ryan Watts (cox), Charlotte Roberts, Wendy Wheatley, Grace Mathews, Tressa Hoskins, Rebecca Campbell and Kathy Hawkins sailed through to the final with no concerns and never having to race at full strength having not met any other crews who made the final along the way.
The final line up was: Charlestown A, Mounts Bay A, Falmouth A, Newquay A, Falmouth B and Caradon A. Mounts Bay didn't have the best of starts and were quite a way down on the lead pack of Falmouth A, Caradon A and Newquay A. But gradually Mounts Bay started to edge back into the race, eventually pulling past Newquay A and Caradon A to sit comfortably in second place by the first turn. They maintained this position throughout the race, crossing the line in silver position, behind current world champions Falmouth A. This the best ever result for a ladies' crew from the club at these championships and great reward for this dedicated crew.
Mounts Bay now look forward to the men's championships on September 22-23, also to be held in Newquay.
INTER COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP:
Following two days of trials and practice over the weekend the squad to face Dorset on Sunday at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowling Club has been released.
Squad: Mark Albon (Luxulyan), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls), Terry Bray (Lostwithiel), Richard Brown (Illogan), Max Burden (Dobwalls), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel), Elise Daniell (Holmans), Gary Davey (Liskeard), Derek Elliot (Holmans), Gerald Fisher (Illogan), Robert Flower (Tintagel), Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Kath Goodman (Treviscoe), Pam Hamley (Lostwithiel), Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel), Peter Hore (Holmans), Neil Gribble (Landrake), Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Ken Horrell (Withiel), Meg Horrell (Withiel), Tony Jago (Treviscoe), Luke Jolly (Treviscoe), John Keers (St Newlyn East), Henry Kendall (Withiel), Melba Kitt (Saltash), Linda Martin (Illogan), Keith Matthews (Blisland), Derek Newton (Dobwalls), Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity), Graham Reeves (Saltash), Chris Roberts (Ladock), Jim Rule (Lostwithiel), Dennis Shorthouse (Landrake), Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls), David Studden (Illogan), Betty Temple-Smith (Luxulyan), Percy Tripp (Helston), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan), Brian Wakeley (Ladock), Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Mike Widger (Porthleven), Keith Williams (Penlee), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East).
From the 43 players named, 40 will line up for Cornwall on Sunday in what will be the first match of the county's defence of the ESMBA Inter County Championship Consolation Competition titles won last season.
During Sunday's practice the Premier team recorded 33 points and 279 shots to the A team's 15 points and 185 shots. All A team combinations recorded at least one win against their senior opposition during the four rounds of games played. Bob Flower, Dennis Shorthouse and Max Burden recorded two wins to be the top contributors to the A Team score with Pam Hamley, Betty Temple Smith, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley recording a win and a draw in their contribution to the score line.
Cornwall's England representatives were in action over the weekend during the latest England squad weekend.
Peter Hore (Holmans) playing as skip in either a Triple or Four recorded eight wins from eight games played. Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) played in a variety of positions and was involved in six wins from eight games played. The match scores over the weekend were Saturday, England 57 Presidents Select 7. Sunday, England 24 Cheshire 8, Premier & England 26 Devon A 6.
West Cornwall took the honours against Hayle winning 4-3, goals coming from B Pollock (2), M Tregenza and B Hibbs.
Hayle scored with a brace from J Barker and a goal from G Dolan.
West Cornwall jump to second on goal difference while Hayle move above St Agnes who didn't play this weekend.
Bodmin went top after winning 4-2 at Newquay Celtic. Bodmin's goals came in a brace from A Wherry and one a piece from L Plant and R Brannland. Newquay replied with goals from S Hoskin and B Pearce.
Only two games were played at the weekend.
St Teath claimed a draw in their opener against St Dominick. K Ward getting a brace for St Teath and A Rundle also getting a brace for St Dominick.
St Teath climbed to third after the result and St Dominick move to fourth with their first point of the campaign.
Mullion moved top, six points above St Breward with goals from S Wallace-Fox, B Hicks and S Hawkings helping them as they won at home against Kilkhampton.
Fixtures, Sunday: St Breward v Penzance Ladies, St Teath v Mullion.
PENZANCE COME THIRD:
Penzance's water polo players claimed third place as teams from Devon and Cornwall pitted themselves against each other at Plymouth's Life Centre last week in the fast paced men's over 40s masters tournament.
Organised by home side Devonport Water Polo, teams came from Penzance, Newquay, Barnstaple, Okehampton and Paignton.
Newquay were the overall winners after securing victory in all five of their matches and Devonport came second.
Penzance claimed joint third with Paignton after winning against Okehampton, drawing with Devonport, Paignton and Barnstaple, and losing to Newquay. Barnstaple finished fifth and Okehampton sixth.
Mike Murphy was the first player to put his name on the score sheet for Penzance with two exceptional long shots against Okehampton. This was followed by some solid play and goals from Keith Hollis, Anthony Stevenson (captain) and Grant Nicholls throughout the tournament, with steadfast assistance from veterans Sean Hickman and Nicky Brooks.
Mike Thomas, one of the most experienced players for Penzance at 70 years, also proved more than a handful in defence against Devonport.
It is hoped that a Masters League for local teams will be set up following the success of this friendly tournament. People of all ages can get involved in water polo at Penzance and are welcome to try. For more details please contact Ben May on 07779 585333.