CORNWALL OPEN WITH WIN:
Cornwall's men's team opened their Middleton Cup campaign against Warwickshire at a blustery and showery Bridgwater Bowls Club on Saturday with a win, but only just.
Showing a number of changes from last year's team, the Duchy made an excellent start, being 20 shots up after five ends and 16 up after ten ends.
They let matters slip, however, during the middle section of the game, going behind at one stage.
They eventually rallied and after an exciting finish came out winners by only three shots, taking 18 of the 22 points available.
Cornwall's top rink, winning by 10, and skipped by Ian Drew made steady progress throughout the match while Norman Coad and his rink were always in the hunt.
After a good start, plus six after five ends, Tim Phillips' four faded somewhat but managed to hold on to win by one.
Mark Read, similarly, won by one. Alan Hawke's rink, 10 up at 10 ends, suffered a disastrous run of nine ends without scoring and eventually finished with a 12 shot deficit. Mark Foster's rink also struggled and eventually lost by three.
With only 13 ends of the match to play Cornwall were two shots in arrears. The Duchy supporters were on the edge of their seats as the final ends were played out, with the result never certain they were relieved to see plus three on the scoreboard at the end.
Cornwall next play Worcestershire at Cullompton this Saturday, June 23.
Scores: (Cornwall first): K Butler, R Teague, D Roe, M Read 16 D Box 15; G Frost, M Tippett, C Binney, T Phillips 21 C Wells 20, J Drew, D Parr, A Barron, I Drew 22, A Smith 12; D Iddles, M Eddy, I Ball, M Foster 21 A Apsey 24; C Stephenson, K Corris, D Drew, A Hawke 18 C Jacox 30; P White, A Laity, C Allen, N Coad 26 P Hobbs 20.
Result: Cornwall 124 Warwickshire 121. (Cornwall 18 pts Warwickshire 4).
COUNTDOWN TO BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIPS:
Cornwall Solo Grass Track Club are continuing preparations ahead of hosting the ACU British Championships on Sunday July 1 at a new venue near Mitchell.
The championships will see the country's top riders in the 350cc and 250cc solo and 500cc and 1000cc Left Hand Sidecar classes competing for the title of British champion.
This is the first time in nearly 30 years that the championships have been hosted in Cornwall, the Pendennis Motor Club having last done so in 1983.
The sidecar classes are rarely seen in action in Cornwall but usually produce plenty of unpredictable racing.
Practice will start at 11am with the 38-race programme getting under way at noon. Admission: Adults £12, Children 12-16 and concessions £8, Children Under 12 free, Family Ticket (2 Adults and two Children 12-16) £25.
On the day before, the club will host an afternoon of youth racing when the stars of tomorrow will be in action at the same venue.
MYLOR EVENT RETURNS:
Mylor Triathlon returned after a year's break to what can only be described as autumnal conditions and the brave souls who travelled from around Cornwall and as far as Cheltenham and London were not disappointed.
The race started waist deep in the waters outside Restronguet Sailing Club. The swim section followed a path out into the estuary and returned back to the transition area at Mylor Harbour. Michael Birchmore was first out of the water and on his bike in 8m15s, making an impressive lead with Lena Oldrieve and Matt Pullen following.
The 11-mile cycle course continued through Mylor Bridge, Penryn and returning back to the harbour, for the run.
New faces had moved up in the field with Michael still leading but Matt Pullen with close behind with his eyes on first place.
The ladies' race was just as exciting with Cornwall's newest competitor to triathlons, Isabel Steele, 16, from Falmouth, taking part.
Isabel's stamina could not be beaten during the cycling and running sections and proudly took first position and is one to watch.
Results: Men: 1 Michael Birchmore; 2 Matt Pullen; 3 Jonas Gummerson.
Women: 1 Isabel Steele; 2 Lena Oldrieve; 3 Anne Maskell.
The presentations took place in the newly opened Café Mylor which sponsored the event along with TriZone, Cornish Food Market and Duchy Granite.
CORNWALL CHAMPIONSHIP AT BLACKWATER:
It was a tough decision whether to cancel the meeting because of strong winds and the likelihood of rain but in the end it was decided to go ahead because the southerly wind was behind riders rather than cutting across the track.
There was also a small matter of England playing football that night which might have accounted for a reduction in entries, particularly among the older riders.
This was round three of the Cornish Champs but nevertheless 54 hardy riders took to the track for an evening of races that just beat torrential rain which came in shortly after the finals.
Finley Penaluna confirmed his place at the top of the 6 & Unders as did Ned Pritchard from Joseph Bryant in the 7 year olds. Rhys Fraser and Ashley England dominated the 8s and 9s respectively and Ewan George battled hard to catch Jack Nation in the 10s with Logan Ford hot on their wheels.
Iwan Ellis-Davies held on to his lead in the 11s but had his work cut out with Alex Diment and Finlay Keogh in his races but in the 12s category.
Daniel Commons-Lomax collected top points in the 13s but is a meeting behind points leader Matthew O'Brien but the Series is still young and the gap is closing.
In the same races, Josh Caddy took a set of wins in the 14s whilst all the remaining older riders were grouped together with Tyler Caddy, Dan Davis and Tim Berry all picking up useful points to consolidate their leads.
Two combined groups of the female classes battled for positions with Micah Pritchard, Eleysha Penaluna, Abi Wherry, Louise Penfold, Lauren Morgan and Megan Wherry all collecting points to improve their positions at the head of their respective tables.
The toughest group of the evening was the older girls with Becky Davis coming under pressure from some of the younger riders but still holding on to a points maximum in the 15s with Alisha Phillips, Joanna Kistle and Katie Kemp gleaning points for their Series assaults too.
The track at Blackwater will be open on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6pm throughout the summer months and the track at Portreath on a Wednesday at 6.30pm. Details of the clubs can be found at www.cornwallbmx.co.uk and www.duchypirates.co.uk
TRACK RECORD SO CLOSE:
Truro & District Motor Club (TDMC) held the first of two speed hillclimbs at Tregrehan under damp conditions, writes club secretary Tony Wood.
Despite the weather, the racing was intense with the fastest time of the day coming within one second of the track record.
Again the event supported the Cornwall Blind Association (CBA) who were on site with their gazebo selling charity items to the public. The club gave one lucky CBA member a ride up the hill in the course car during the event.
Club chairman Phil Montgomery-Smith, whose own car the Fisher Fury was still not ready in time for the event, was lucky to take up the offer of fellow competitor Darrel O'Neil, to share his Westfiled SEi.
It was a tussle all day with both Phil and Darrel swapping fastest times with Darrell coming out on top at the end of the day with a time of 20.91 seconds.
Andy Williams in a similar car took class honours with an immaculate drive beating everyone else in the class with a time of 20.04 seconds.
Class 1 & 2 honours went to Martin Ellis in his MkII Escort with a time of 22.54 seconds, proving that the old Escort is still a car to be reckoned with.
Kevin Wadland is the Road Rally car class took the class honours with a time 22.98 seconds. The big sports cars and four wheel drive class honours went to Steve Clarke in his Subaru Imprezza with a time of 20.54 beating his rival Roy Bray in his Escort Cosworth.
In the Vintage class Geoff Matthews took class honours with his well turned out MGTA clocking a time of 31.34 just beating the Brooklands Riley of David Keefe.
In the racing car classes it was a tussle all day with TDMC member Andrew Dinner in his Pilbeam eventually taking the fastest time of the day in 18.15 seconds, from track record holder Mike Lee in his OMS who was only half a second behind.
For those on two wheels Tommy Hodges on his 450cc Honda with a time of 20.53 seconds, this was the fastest time of the day by a motor cycle.
Tommy was also riding in the bigger class, but in this he was beaten by brother Jimmy Hodges by 600 hundredth of a second for class honours.
In the motor cycle combination, class Patrick and Paul Keates beat new comers Kevin and Sara Dewell to take class honours with a time of 21.47 seconds.
The trying weather conditions meant that a number of competitors had incidents on their way up the hill, luckily none serious.
The excellent marshalling and superior organisation meant that the competitors had a total of five timed runs at the hill giving the spectators a very good and enjoyable days entertainment. Many spectators visited the paddock for a close look at the cars and motor cycles between runs.
TDMC's next event at Tregrehan is the Cornish Festival of Motorsport on September 9.
Those interested in joining the club, or coming along to help should check out the web site www.trurodmc.co.uk where you can also link to videos of the event taken last Sunday and on previous events.
FATHER'S DAY TRIAL:
Forty-seven riders entered this year's Father's Day trial run by Camborne and Redruth Motorcycle Club at their chimney stack venue near Fraddon.
After all the bad weather of late it was a surprise to find relatively grippy sections.
Using a mix of usual sections with some new ground a challenging day was had by one and all. On the Blue course Kyle Jacobs proved well up to the task and with a stunning ride in section 4, were fallen trees, loose rocks, and a large boulder were ridden for a single dab on each lap.
In doing so he easily beat Simon James. As with the Blue course, only two riders rode the C/man expert route with Matt Tabb coming out as the winner over Tristan Barnicoat.
On the White course Dean Abraham had a good ride after some time away from the sport with illness, and took a good win from Dave Kemp and Chris Tabb.In the Youth A class Will Kemp and Ty Hendra had a good battle with Will just taking it by 1 mark.
On the Green course for the N/exp mono runners, Mike Jacobs took a single point win from Glen Lowe and Chris Anstee with young Max Diment taking the youth award.
The ever popular Yellow course saw two clean rides going to Graham Airey who won the mono class from Lewis Allen and Nick Prynne, and young James Wilcox.
Richard Trott had a tidy ride on his Tiger cub to win the Pre65 award, while in the t/shock class Kevin Hawke showed the way winning from Adam Hawke and Stephen Coad.Red course Adult win went to Martin Dunstan, but Youth winner Michael Rossiter proved to be a competent rider.
Blue course: Prem, K Jacobs 10, S James 32. C/man Exp course: Prem, M Tabb 40, T Barnicoat 43.
White course: Prem, D Abraham 29, D Kemp 33, C Tabb 52. Youth A, W Kemp 37, T Hendra 38. Youth B, M Luscombe 160.Green course: Prem, M Jacobs 3, G Lowe 4, C Anstee 8. Youth B, M Diment 72.
Yellow course: Prem, G Airey 0, L Allen 8, N Prynne 10. Pre65, R Trott 11. T/shock, K Hawke 18, A Hawke 59, S Coad 61. Youth B, J Wilcox 0.
Red course: Adult Prem, M Dunstan 40. Youth Prem, M Rossiter 15.
EARLY DROPPED CATCHES COST CORNWALL DEAR:
Cornwall Over 50s suffered a 103-run defeat in the county championship game against Dorset at Dean Park, Bournemouth.
Catches win matches and Cornwall missed a few chances early on which enabled Dorset to push on from 105 for three after 30 overs to 212.
The fielding star for Cornwall was Anton Luiten who, despite carrying a hamstring injury, threw down the stumps on three occasions – running out a key home team late order batsman.
Mark Pluckrose picked up two wickets, with a wicket each for Mark Everitt and Spider Kelly. Mike Hoban and Dave Dunnett were the most consistent bowlers but both went wicketless with Hoban conceding 16 runs in nine overs.
The Cornwall innings got off to a flyer with Trevor Lee (37) and Nigel Sanders (20) racing along to 60 in 12 overs. Sanders then top edged an attempted pull, Lee played on and the innings crumbled to 94 for nine in the next 18 overs with Dunnett scoring 15.
Chris Dennis, demonstrating his new half 'Dilshan', and Pluckrose, who tried to imitate Tino Best, added 15 for the last wicket with Dennis unbeaten on 14.
SEASON WELL UNDER WAY:
Players are now well into their summer season of petanque competitions and leagues. The regional singles title was won by Simon Penna from the Treleigh Arms Club, who beat clubmate Andrew Jarvis in the final.
The regional triples title went to Simon Penna, Hugh Appleton and Paul Lancaster, all again from the club at the Treleigh Arms, who beat Dave Piggin and Graeme Kirkham from the Tregony club, and Robert Herrick, from The Rising Sun Club, Altarnun in the final.
The Rising Sun also featured in the plate final with Kate Herrick winning with her playing partners Wendy Booker and Peter Gliddon from St Day.
Over the Jubilee weekend, the Rising Sun Club at Altarnun held an open day as part of the village's festivities, with 20 people turning out to play.
These consisted of club members, with family and friends, Kernow petanque members from 'down west' and locals.
This Sunday, the region descends on the Golowan Festival in Penzance and plays throughout the day in St Anthony's Gardens and again established players join with newcomers to enjoy the day. Everyone is very welcome and tuition and boules are available.
The following week six teams of triples from Kernow petanque play their annual match against Devon at the ISCA Centre in Exeter.
For any further information on petanque in Cornwall please contact the region's vice-president, Robert Herrick, on 01566 772709.
HARRIS IN HOT FORM:
Chris Harris eased his way into the qualifying semi-finals for the 2013 World Championship Grand Prix series with a superb 15-point maximum at Berwick on Saturday night, writes Nigel Walrond.
The 29-year-old from Probus overcame some horrendous weather conditions on the English-Scottish border to win his quarter-final. Plymouth Devils' American ace Ryan Fisher also made it through on 11 points.
Harris, and his fellow Cornishman Ben Barker, and former Trelawny Tigers rider Matej Zagar, who qualified from their round at St Johann in Austria on June 2, will now be drawn in one of three semi-finals taking place at Vojens in Denmark, Divisov in the Czech Republic, and Lonigo in Italy on Saturday, June 30.
The top five from each of those meetings will be guaranteed spots in the Grand Prix Challenge at Gorican in Croatia on September 29, where the first three will gain a place in the 2013 GP series.
Scorers: Chris Harris 15, Sam Masters 12, Danny King 12, Ryan Fisher 12, Davey Watt 10, Linus Sundstrom 9, Krzysztof Buczkowski 9, Tero Aarnio 9, Kenneth Hansen 7, Emiliano Sanchez 5, Facundo Albin 5, Guglielmo Franchetti 4, Henry van der Steen 4, Kenny Ingalls 3, Lee Complin 2, Marcel Helfer 2, Matej Kus 2.