ARCHIE SMITH DIES, 89:
The death on November 1 has been announced of Archibald William 'Archie' Smith of Gorran Haven. He was 89, writes Michael Weeks.
Archie played for Cornwall between 1946 and 1958, making 34 appearances. A fast bowler, he took 135 wickets at an average of 15 including the third best ever figures of nine for 49 against Oxfordshire at Penzance in 1953.
He also scored 690 runs at an average of almost 21, including 96 against Somerset seconds at Bath in 1957. He had also top scored in the first innings with 11 in Cornwall's 36 all out.
He helped his club, Gorran, win the senior county title in 1953 and took ten for 14 against Probus five years later.
Archie founded the Cornwall Schools' Cricket Association in 1956 and held office of the first secretary and was the treasurer until 1977.
In 2003 he presented the Cornwall Cricket League with a trophy which is awarded annually to the most promising Under 19 cricketer.
He was made a senior vice president of the CSCA and a vice president of the Cornwall Cricket League.
He is survived by his wife Doreen.
LADIES GROUP SET UP IN CORNWALL:
A new ladies' shooting group has been launched in Cornwall. Twelve lady guns recently met for their first clay shooting lesson at The Colquite Estate, Bodmin.
British shooting champion Pinky Le Grelle, who has won five European Championships and a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games, and Lesley Goddard, who has won a number of English, British and International clay trap championships over the years, were mentors for the day. Clay shooting lessons were given by coaches including a BASC-accredited shotgun coach.
The ladies were split into groups and spent the morning learning how to improve their shooting skills.
The new Cornwall Lady Gun Group is being promoted by BASC's tourism project Country Sports South West, which aims to position the region as a number one destination for country sports. The Cornwall Lady Gun Group will be affiliated to BASC and group members will receive benefits such as shooting insurance plus access to a range of training and activity days.
Annette Cole, senior manager of Country Sports South West, said: "The first meeting was a great success and the ladies all enjoyed 50 rounds of clays courtesy of Country Sports South West.
"It was wonderful to welcome 12 lady guns to the group and they were delighted to be treated to two shooting champions as mentors for the day.
"We now look forward to organising monthly lessons for the ladies at various locations around Cornwall.
"The new group is open to ladies of all shooting abilities, whether you just want to have a go or want to improve your skills.
"It's great fun and a great way to socialise and Country Sports South West is delighted to be associated with this initiative."
Group member shooting fees are negotiated with the clubs and members can either use their own gun or one of the shooting school's guns. Cartridges are usually included within the coaching price.
For more information and to join the group, contact Annette Cole on annette.cole@countrysportssouth west.co.uk, call 01823 480 938 or visit www.countrysportssouthwest.co.uk
ATLANTIC COASTSURF JUNIORS WIN BRITISH TITLE:
Cornwall's Atlantic Coastsurf junior team were victorious this weekend at the British Inter Club championships.
The annual event was held at North Devon's premiere surfing beach Croyde Bay officially run by Surfing Great Britain and hosted by the Croyde Bay Surf Club.
More than 130 competitors were greeted to a solid winter overhead west swell, with conditions ranging from 5ft clean and offshore to gale force blown out peaks.
Teams were in place to battle it out from the whole of the UK; Wales, Isle of whight, Bournemouth, RAF, Truro College and the north and south coasts of Devon and Cornwall.
The Atlantic Coastsurf junior team, achieved maximum points throughout the weekend winning every heat.
The junior title still went to the wire and saw the Atlantic boys fighting of a very strong challenge from Truro College, who were pushed into second place by only two points and hosts Croyde into third.
The young team featured L-R Angus Scotney 14, Rhys Barfield 15, Max Payne 14 & Harry Timson 17 & are all members of the Atlantic Coastsurf academy, based in Newquay & run by SGB level 4 coach Tony Good.
The club meet up twice a week and train wherever the tide and swell dictate, utilising Newquay's amazing selection of beaches and coves.
Tony said: "This is only the second time we have submitted a team and brought back the team title and trophy both times, a just reward to the juniors' commitment and talent."
Other successful teams were South East Cornwall Surf Club, winning the open division, and hosts Croyde winning the women's title.
RIDERS SET OFF ON TRIAL:
Walter Bailey's Yard St Blazey was the start venue for this year's Camel Vale Motor Club's Wintery Road Trial, and at 8.30am the 60 riders set out for a ride around East Cornwall.
Taking in 22 sections and one special test, the day got started and finished on a easyish man-made section in the start yard, from there the next two sections proved anything but easy, taking marks from most of the entry.
From section four the sections eased slightly, although after the heavy rain of the previous night things were not going to straight forward.
On the hard route only a late dab in the day ruined a perfect day for all-rounder Devon's Nick Life, closely followed by Stefan Goodman and Alexender Bland.
While having cleaned every section ridden, a puncture robbed Steve Dustow of a possible win, when missed sections were incurred getting this fixed. The easier route win went to Dean Canfield from Steve Nicholls and Dave Prowse.
Results: Hard Route: Prem, N Life 1, S Goodman 6, A Bland 9. Easy Route:Prem, D Canfield 21, S Nicholls 25, D Prowse 27.
Short mat bowls
Over the weekend 47 pairs competed in the qualification competition for the County Pairs at Carnmoggas Indoor Bowls Club, 24 on Saturday and 23 on Sunday.
Saturday saw play organised with six groups for four with group winners and two best runners up progressing to a single knockout round.
From Group One Marion & John Keers (St Newlyn East) progressed with 6 points +7 shots. Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) topped Group Two with 6 +19. Group Three produced two qualifiers, Sheila & Robert Flower (Tintagel) topping the group with 6 +7 after defeating Derek Swaby (Wadebridge) & Stuart Hambly (Camelford) 10-7 leaving them on 4 +17 to take the second runners up spot.
Jim Rule & Terry Bray (Lostwithiel) needed a maximum score of four on the last end of their final group game to defeat Ken Moir & Derek Elliott (Holmans) 12-11 to finish on 6 +11 in Group Four.
Group Five went to Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) with 5 +10. The final group saw Gary Davey (Liskeard) & Martin Boraston (Dobwalls) top the table with the day's best score of 6 +29.
Jean Welch & WJ James (Marazion) took the first runners up spot with 4 +19.
The play-offs saw Gary Davey & Martin Boraston defeat Marion & John Keers 11-6. Jim Rule & Terry Bray edged a tight match against Sheila & Robert Flower 7-6.
Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher defeated Derek Swaby & Stuart Hambly 13-10 and Margaret Jenkin & Nigel Nicholls were comfortable 19-3 winners against Jean Welch & WJ James.
Sunday saw play organised into five groups with one of six, one of five and three of four and the group winners and three runners up progressing to the knockout.
Group One saw Arthur Hambley & Henry Matthews (Withiel) defeat Brenda Sleep & Max Burden (Dobwalls) 10-6 in the deciding game to take top spot with 5 +13. Brenda & Max claimed a runners up spot with 4 +14.
Elise Daniell & Peter Hore (Holmans) were Group Two winners with 6 +24, the day's joint top score. Val & Geoff Risdon (Lanteglos) took a tight Group Three with 4 +7.
Group Four produced some high scoring games which saw two teams progress, Richard Brown & David Studden (Illogan) with 4 +23 as group winners and Edward & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) with 4 +22 as runners up. In Group Five Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Nicholas Truscott (Luxulyan) survived a late comeback from Joe Dixon (Withiel) & Keith Matthews (Blisland) to take top spot with 6 +24 to be joint top points scorers whilst Joe & Keith claimed what proved to be the top runners up spot with 4 +23.
In the play-off round Elise Daniell & Peter Hore won a last end decider against Val & Geoff Risdon 9-8. Brenda Sleep & Max Burden defeated Edward & Brian Wakeley 10-6. Richard Brown & David Studden won a last end decider against Joe Dixon & Keith Matthews 9-8.
The final game saw Gillian Cawrse and Nicholas Truscott defeat Arthur Hambley & Henry Matthews 14-3.
On Saturday Cornwall's National Championship hopefuls in the Singles, Fours and Mixed Fours will play at Carnmoggas to determine who goes forward to the National Championship in Bromsgrove at the end of the season.
Play starts at 9am when the five teams in the Fours will play against each other in five rounds of games. Immediately after the four teams entered in the Mixed Fours will play from noon in three rounds of games.
With all the team play out of the way the 12 entrants in the Singles will play from 2pm.
On Sunday, Cornwall will face Devon at Carnmoggas in the latest round of Inter County Championship fixtures.
The Premier Team will be looking for a strong result against the run away group leaders to keep them in contention for a place in the Main Championship at the end of the season.
Cornwall lead the way in the A Team competition but have seen their lead cut to just four points after Somerset defeated Devon 21-19 on November 4.
BRITISH WAVE SAILING TOUR CALLS AT GWITHIAN:
The final event of the British Wave Sailing Association UK tour arrived at Gwithian Beach.
Despite an unusual north easterly wind forecast there was a record number of 85 competitors with pros, amateurs, masters, ladies and the juniors, including entrants from Poland and Scotland.
Local event organiser Ian Ross said: "It's great to be able to showcase how great the local area is to so many competitors and it's a great boost to the area as all the competitors have family with them and also tell their friends what a great place Cornwall is for watersports."
The competition began in slightly small waves that increased on the pushing tide allowing the Pro fleet to put on an impressive display. Saturday morning saw an 8am start and the completion of the Pro event in head high waves and force six winds.
This meant big loops and amazing wave riding from the competitors, some of which compete on the world tour, including Jamie Hancock, who took victory at Gwithian.
The Amateur, Ladies and Masters Fleets began their competition at 10am in the same conditions and it was local girl Debbie Kennedy who led the way in the 16 strong ladies and highly competitive ladies' fleet, but she was just pipped in the final by Plymouth girl Sarah Bibby.
However, this second place, along with victories in Ireland and Scotland, secured the overall UK title for Debbie.
Local businessman, Justin Dennington, in his first competition, scraped through the early rounds of the Masters fleet to find himself in the final.
To everyone's surprise he picked the best wave of the heat and rode it to victory.
Dennington said: "I wasn't sure I should enter but I gave it a go and won. It was such a great event.
"I can't believe the number of people involved and the brilliant atmosphere it created. The Pros were amazing to watch and it's a great event for the local community."
The Amateurs is usually the toughest fleet with the most competitors and it was no different this time. Welsh sailor Alfie Hart took victory.
Unfortunately, local amateur Ian Ross was unable to enter as event host, but was very happy to take second place in the overall championship with a victory in Tiree and Ireland.
It was also great to see five youths including ten-year-old Freddie Ide competing in the same conditions as the other competitors. with soon in the other fleets.
Sandsifter was the location for the prize giving, where 150 people turned out to cheer on the winners of the Puravida Cornwall Wave Classic and also the British Wavesailing Association Overall UK Championship trophies, which were presented by Nigel Treacy and World Tour head judge and Perranporth resident, Duncan Coombes.
Nigel said: "With support from local businesses, RB Sails, Sandsifter, K38 Rescue, Pirate FM, Splashography and Cardiff's PuraVida Boardriders, this event in Cornwall is rapidly becoming the most spectacular on our calendar.
"Gwithian and Penwith always seems to deliver on the weather and hospitality and we thank everyone for this."