OUTLAWS COMING TO CORNWALL in 2013:
Truro Cricket Club are to host a CB 40 match between Nottinghamshire and the Netherlands next year.
The game will take place on Wednesday June 19 and is part of the Cornish Cricket Festival.
Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, Mick Newell said "We have played a lot of matches at out-grounds in recent seasons and it always makes for an interesting game when batsmen and bowlers are unsure as to how they can benefit from the conditions."
Another major fixture for the Festival is expected to be announced later this month.
CRUCIAL COUNTY GAMES:
On Sunday, Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club host Cornwall's final match of the group stages of this year's ESMBA Inter County Championship when Somerset are the visitors.
Both the Premier and A Team matches will prove pivotal to the final outcome of the groups.
In the Premier Team competition Devon have an unassailable lead at the top of the table and have already qualified for the Main Championship. Just seven points split Dorset (88), Cornwall (84) and Somerset (81) for the minor places. With Devon playing Dorset on Saturday, Cornwall will start Sunday's match knowing how many points they need to secure second place, provided they win on the day, and with it progression to the Main Championship.
In the A Team championship, Somerset lead the way with 118 points with Cornwall just two points behind with Devon and Dorset more than 30 point behind.
Cornwall will be confident of securing the match win over Somerset and with it top spot in the table and progression to the Main Championship.
Over the weekend, 40 teams have been competing in the qualification competition for the County Triples with 20 teams on each day chasing the eight places available in the finals.
Saturday's competition saw all group winners unbeaten in progressing to the knock out round. In Group One Margaret Menhenick, John Menhenick & Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) topped the table with 6 points +15 shots. Group Two saw Martin Williams, Malcolm Furneaux and Mike Jefferies (Penlee) through as group winners with 6 +17, joining them as one of the three best runners up were Gordon Smith, Tom Hyatt & Jenny Smith (Treviscoe) with 4 +13. Lynne Davey (Liskeard), Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) & Gary Davey (Liskeard) were Group three winners with 5 +34.
Group Four saw defending Champions Elise Daniell (Holmans), Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) & Peter Hore (Holmans) came through a difficult final group game against Mike Richards, Tom Lapworth and Keith Williams (Penlee) to progress with 6 +30 whilst the Penlee team took a runners up spot with 4 +23.
The final group winners, with the day's best score, were Pam Hamley, Terry Bray & Peter Hamley (Lostwithiel) with 6 +33 in Group Five from where Joyce Ward, Meg Horrell & Ken Horrell claimed the final runners up spot with 3 +1.
In the play-offs to determine the four teams through to the county finals Mike Jefferies defeated Ken Horrell 12-9 and Peter Hamley comfortably defeated Jenny Smith 15-4.
A repeat of last year's final went down to the last wood for each skip as Peter Hore played the jack though to ditch to claim victory against Gary Davey 11-10. In the final game Keith Williams made it two qualifiers from Penlee with a 8-6 win against Derek Swaby.
On Sunday, despite the severe weather affecting much of the county, all 20 teams entered found their way to Carnmoggas for the 9am start.
Group One was decided by the final game with Richard Brown, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) defeating Bill Sharp, Max Burden & Brenda Sleep (Dobwalls) 15-8 finishing with 6 +18.
The Dobwalls team also progressed to the knockout round as one of three best runners-up with 4 +8. Robin Bray, Fran Phillips & David Hickey (Helston) were Group Two winners with 4 +9.
Neil Wright, Val Risdon & Geoff Risdon (Lanteglos) were Group Three winners with 6 +14 after defeating Pam Williams, Carol Ford & Graham Ford (St Newlyn East ) 9-5 in the group decider.
The St Newlyn East trio claim the second of the runners up places also with 4 +8. Group Four went the way of Marilyn Stewart (Withiel), Arthur Hambley (Withiel) and Keith Matthews (Blisland) with 4 +20.
The final group went the way on Patsy Wakeley, Brian Wakeley & Chris Roberts on 4 +18. Also qualifying from Group Five were Kath Goodman, Karen Watson & Luke Jolly (Treviscoe) in the final runners up spot with 4 +8.
The play-offs saw Graham Ford score three on an extra end against David Hickey to claim victory 12-9. Keith Matthews defeated Brenda Sleep 8-6 in a last end decider.
The draw placed Luke Jolly against Chris Roberts in a repeat of an earlier group game and for the second time on the day Jolly prevailed, this time winning by a closer score of 10-9 after another last end decider.
The final game was more one sided with Gerald Fisher defeating Geoff Risdon 14-4.
The remaining qualifiers for this season's National Championships will be determined on Saturday when the Pairs and Triples are contested at Carnmoggas.
CRUSE LANDS AWARD:
Some 115 members of the county's golfing fraternity watched St Enodoc's Joe Cruse receive the Ben Enoch Salver as Cornwall's Player of the Year at the annual CGU dinner at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay last Friday, writes Peter Heyman.
Cruse was rewarded for "the highest level of success representing the county in the Channel League and South West Week during the past year".
Also receiving a citation for his efforts during the year was former president Gerry Fitter, of Mullion, who was named Cornwall Man of Golf 2012 for his contribution to the advancement of golf in the county.
Fifteen-year-old Harry Hall, of West Cornwall, was named Cornwall Young Golfer of the Year for his success in representing his club, county and country in 2012, including an appearance for England Under-16s against Wales, while St Enodoc's Steve Chapman received the Cornwall Golfing Man award for representing the CGU at the highest level over the past decade.
NASH HEADS TO THAILAND:
St Enodoc's Antony Nash is about to embark on his swansong as an amateur player with an exciting golfing adventure in Thailand.
Last year the former county champion won the UK qualifying leg of the Joe Lewis Trading International Pairs at Trevose and as a result gained entry to the World finals being held on the Chaing Mai Highlands Golf Course in Thailand.
Nash, who turns professional in the New Year, is partnered by professional David Wilson, from Eaton Golf Club, who was a friend of his at university. The pair fly out today and return on December 9.
LADIES' ANNUAL MEETING:
The Cornwall Ladies CGA is holding its annual meeting at Killiow GC on Monday, starting at 11.30am.
Launceston's Jan Harrison is due to be elected as the new county captain in succession to Jean Reed, with Tehidy Park's Nikki Hodge as her vice-captain.
Among other officers to be elected are Sarah Taylor as competitions secretary and Margaret Swayne as treasurer. Jacqueline Wheeler has also agreed to carry on as junior organiser for another year. The draw for the 2013 Gammon Trophy will also be made at the meeting.
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