WATER WAY TO GO FOR RUNNERS AT BIDEFORD:
Faced with a huge expanse of water on the low lying cross country course where the sea had breached the pebble ridge surrounding Northam Burrows at Westward Ho!, the Bideford Athletic Club and Westward league organisers had to quickly re-align the laps for the fourth League fixture, writes Dave Varney.
Although the distances were reduced as a result, with several water filled ditches crossing the course and ground water laying close to the surface, the flat common soon churned up and made it into a test of stamina for the longer distances.
Numbers were not high for the first league fixture of 2013 but competition was keen for the Newquay & Par athletes that made the trip into North Devon.
They rose to the challenge with Finn Birnie notching up his third win of the series and Miranda Heathcote, returning after a winter of illness, took second in the Women's race.
Both the Under 13 Boys and Girls teams won to maintain their grip on the overall top placings. Finn and Sam Bray were split by Bodmin's James Greenwood with Tom Randles having to make up ground on the first lap after a fall on one of the crossing ditches.
Finn and James pulled slightly ahead of Sam as they went into the second lap, Finn getting the winning break as they headed towards the finish. Sam's third was his highest of the season and with Tom finishing at seventh, their team win was assured.
In the Girls event, Sian Temple followed her runners-up place at Bicton for the Cornwall County team last week with her first win in the League, this time wearing her Tavistock club colours.
Elowen Penfold was well in contention from the start easing up to fourth at the line, with Quinta Carlyon at 9th and Rachel Howe 12th, their points were good enough to keep the overall placing ahead of local rivals, Cornwall AC who are likely to fight back over the remaining two fixtures.
Having the Under 17 Men running in the same race as the Senior and Under 17 Women gave additional competition for the front pair of Emma Stepto (CAC) and Miranda Heathcote (N&P).
Veteran international Stepto is on top form at the moment and with the long lay off still affecting Heathcote she did well to maintain her second place as Stepto pulled away.
Also in this race, Kieran Rowe, started brightly but lost a shoe at the far end of the course. With over two laps remaining he retrieved the shoe and then had to make up a considerable amount of lost places, which he did steadily to finish 7th in his age group.
Kieran was the only club Under 17 but on the female side, Colette Clements looked strong for 24th, Sarah Hill was 34th, Alison Potter, on her club debut was 36th and Sharon Chapman 38th.
Heathcote, Hill and Chapman will have kept the veterans team in second place overall but the team are struggling to catch the strong Cornwall AC team who lead the table.
Another combined race was the Under 15s and although the club had no boys in this race the Girls team of Lily England, Ami Brown and Lieacha Cundy put the team back in the mix after a second place behind Tavistock who moved closer to league leaders Plymouth who only had one girl in the race, even though she won.
Lily won last year at the first event on this course as an Under 13 and in her first year is close to the pace of the mainly older girls taking a well earned fourth place. Ami and Lieacha kept the team hopes alive by finishing 8th and 9th.
The best chance of a trophy in the Men's events this winter will be with Darren Varker, who, in his first season as an M40 veteran is in the top three.
Finishing 31st overall he led a close club group where Jonny Colaco confessed to starting too fast but picked up again to 34th, Nigel Doyle is getting back to his old form with 37th and Under 20 Kyle Chapman just lacked a bit of endurance towards the end but still finished a good 43rd against the Seniors.
Jason Henderson (66th) and Paul Wright (70th) completed both Senior and Veteran teams who are within touch of the top three teams overall.
With the penultimate race in the Par Restormel Junior School races on Wednesday, only Neve Birnie travelled up with her brother for the Under 11 development race at the start of the day, completing the one lap course in 7th, although Tom Randle did compete later as an Under 13.
Both will be looking to consolidate top three placings at Par in the Year 6 races.
TRIALS CHAMPIONSHIP GETS OFF TO A SUCCESSFUL START:
The 2013 Cornish trials championship kicked off with round one of the Cornwall Centre ACU Kernow Trial, run by Camel Vale Motorcycle Club, in the Garker Valley, St Austell, writes Richard Parkyn.
The 90 odd solos faced two laps of 24 subs, made all the more tricky with challenging riding in between the sections.
Devon visitors, Joe and Nick Baker, took the top two places, with Jason Lawer up holding the Cornish, just losing out to Nick Baker by virtue of less cleans. Four youths also rode the hardest route and in doing so showed some excellent riding skills.
Still very much a class rider, Robin Martin, took the Clubman Expert, closely chased by Shaun Bunney and Tristan Barnicoat.
On the Yellow Clubman course David Richards had a clear win over Phil Wicket and flying chef John Young. Matt Luscombe showed great determination to take the Youth B award.
The new 50/50 Non-Expert route proved very competitive with only a few marks covering the top seven riders, on this occasion it was Simon Thornhill who took the win from Mike Jacobs and Jon Stafford.
The ever-popular White route win saw Alan Barnes beating Mark Hancock and Andrew Gent, in the youth ranks.
The B class went to Max Diment, Josh Wright took the C class. Another Devonian Martin Gilbert took the Triple shock class from Peter Bullen and Steve Tabb, in the Pre65 class John Luckett pipped Colin Dommett and Peter Pollard for the win.
Seven sidecars competed on a separate course, and the overall win went to Tristan and Carl Jenkin from Paul Lawer and Ricky Salter, the Non Expert win went to Michael Jewel and Graham Clark just beating Colin Lawer and Karen Roberts.
Camel Vale would like to thank everyone for their help in making this trial possible after the events at Garker of late.
Results: Blue course: Prem, J Baker 11, N Baker 27, J Lawer 27, G Pollard 51. Youth A, T Hooper 69. Youth B, O Lawer 87. Blue/Yellow course: Prem, R Martin 41, S Bunney 55. Youth A, A Lawer 69. Yellow course: Prem, D Richards 21, P Wickett 29. Youth B, M Luscombe 125. Yellow/White course: Prem, S Thornhill 27, M Jacobs 30, J Stafford 34. White course: Prem, A Baenes 16, M Hancock 26, A Gent 34. Youth B, M Diment 85. Youth C, J Wright 136. T/shock, M Gilbert 19, P Bullen 50, S Tabb 66. Pre65, J Luckett 31. C Dommett 47, P Pollard 59. Sidecars course: Expert Prem, T/C Jenkin 8. Non expert Premier, M Jewel/G Clark 37.
TRISPEN DA CHUNA TRIAL:
After Saturday's Kernow Trial, Sunday saw Camborne and Redruth Motorcycle Club run their Trispen Da Chuna trial as round two of the Cornish Trials Championship, using the venue at Gilbert's Coombe Redruth.
The 50-plus solos were faced with three laps of 10 single subs and had a variety of sections with slippery mud and root laden climbs and drops, river beds, granite rocks and a scattering of precast masonry.
Second place on Saturday was converted into a win on Sunday by Jason Lawer, who just beat Ian Martin.
Another Devon visitor, Mick Thompson, took the Clubman Expert win, demoting Robin Martin to runners-up spot.
Riding a Triple Shock Dot motorcycle, Scott Dommett took the Clubman route from Dave Kemp and Glen Lowe. The new 50/50 route was taken by Richard Parkyn from Chris Anstee and Ian Yeates.
On the white course, Chris Cudlip beat Andy Vercoe and Richard Dennison. Four Pre-65 runners were led by Colin Dommett from Tony Sullivan and Howard Stevens. Peter Bullen had a good ride to beat Adrian Bray and Steve Tabb in the twinshock class.
Only four sidecars rode the Trispen and using their own course the expert class win went to Darren James and passenger, while the Non Expert class went to Shaun Jenkin and Phil Highland.
Results: Blue course: Prem, J Lawer 23, I Martin 25, M McDonald 42. Youth B, O Lawer 57. Blue/Yellow course: Prem, M Thompson 29, R Martin 39, T Barnicoat 46. Yellow course: Prem, S Dommett 34, D Kemp 45, G Lowe 53. White/Yellow course: Prem, R Parkyn 37, C Anstee 37, I Yeates 40. White course: Prem, C Cudlip 50, A Vercoe 53, R Dennison 79. Pre65, C Dommett 24, T Sullivan 35, H Stevens 42. T/shock, P Bullen 55, A Bray 71, S Tabb 76. Youth A, M Diment 32. Youth B, J Wilcox 58, A Diment 130. Sidecar course: Exp Prem, D James/A N Other 21, T/C Jenkin 24. N/exp, S Jenkin/ P Highland 98, C Lawer/ K Roberts 99.
WINS FOR COUNTY SIDES:
Cornwall's County Short Mat teams travelled to the City of Birmingham Indoor Bowls Club for the Preliminary round of the knockout stages of the ESMBA Inter County Championship.
The Premier Team, starting their defence of the Consolation Championship title, faced North Yorkshire who joined the championship this year having previously competed only in the Northern championship.
The points were shared in the first session with both counties claiming a win apiece in the Singles and Pairs.
For Cornwall Nigel Nicholls defeated Ben Render, one half of the current World Champion Pairs combination, by 20 shots to 7 in the Singles and in the Pairs Richard Brown & Percy Tripp won 13-7.
Points were again shared in the second session with Graham Ford, Max Burden & Brian Wakeley winning 12-4 in the Triples and Sheila Hodge, Pam Williams, Gillian Cawrse & Peter Hore winning 11-8 in the Fours.
At the half way stage in the match the points were shared 8 apiece with Cornwall holding the shots advantage in three of the four disciplines.
The third session saw North Yorkshire take an advantage on game points with Cornwall taking 3 of the eight on offer. David Studden completed a double over Ben Render in the Singles with a 16-10 win to also secure the bonus points for Cornwall.
In the Pairs a 12-12 draw for Graham Reeves & Bill Sharp saw the bonus points shared leaving the match score at 14-14 going into the last session.
During the final session the match looked to be slipping away from Cornwall with both triples falling behind in their respective games.
Brian Wakeley's Triple however fought back from a deficit of 1-11 culminating in a score of 5 on the last end to win 13-11. North Yorkshire won the other Triples game in turn securing the bonus points.
In the Fours Peter Hore's rink were comfortable 14-2 winners ensuring the bonus points were comfortably Cornwall's leaving the match outcome dependant on the last match to finish.
Elise Daniell, Derek Elliott, Linda Martin & Gerald Fisher duly delivered for Cornwall with a 9-6 win to secure the match win. The final score being Cornwall 22 points 176 shots North Yorkshire 18 points 159 shots.
Singles: David Studden (Illogan) 10-15, 16-10; Nigel Nicholls (Newlyn Trinity) 20-7, 9-17.
Pairs: Richard Brown (Illogan) & Percy Tripp (Helston) 13-7 & 10-14; Graham Reeves (Saltash) & Bill Sharp (Dobwalls) 9-11 & 12-12.
Triples: Graham Ford (St Newlyn East), Max Burden (Dobwalls) & Brian Wakeley (Ladock) 12-4 & 13-11; Patsy Wakeley (Ladock), Neil Gribble (Landrake) & Chris Roberts (Ladock) 7-12 & 6-15.
Fours: Elise Daniell (Holmans), Derek Elliott (Holmans), Linda Martin (Illogan) & Gerald Fisher (Illogan) 5-8 & 9-6; Sheila Hodge (Liskeard), Pam Williams (St Newlyn East), Gillian Cawrse (Lostwithiel) & Peter Hore (Holmans) 11-8 & 14-2.
The A Team, who have progressed to the Main Championship this year after winning the Consolation Championship last year, faced Herefordshire who claimed the title in 2004.
The first session saw points shared with Cornwall claiming wins courtesy of Martin Boraston 19-7 in the Singles and Betty Temple-Smith & Brenda Sleep 13-10 in the Pairs. Points were again shared in the second session with both Cornwall Fours winning comfortably.
Pam Hamley, Jim Rule, Terry Bray and Peter Hamley 13-2 and Joe Dixon, Barbara James, Dennis Shorthouse & Derek Newton 15-4. At the halfway stage the score read Cornwall 8 points 88 shots Herefordshire 8 points 78 shots.
The third session saw Herefordshire claim an advantage in games won with Cornwall securing just 3 points, Martin Boraston comfortably completing a double in the Singles with a 22-7 win and Betty Temple-Smith and Brenda Sleep drawing 13-13 in the Pairs.
Cornwall claimed the Singles and Pairs bonus points to lead by 2 points, 15-13 going into the last session of Triples and Fours.
Cornwall claimed a clean sweep of wins in the final session to secure the match win. In the Triples Lynn Davey, Gary Davey & Keith Matthews 10-6 and Tony Jago, Posy Widger & Henry Kendall 10-9.
In the Fours Peter Hamley won 15-4 and Derek Newton 12-10. The final match score Cornwall 25 points 193 shots Herefordshire 15 points 154 shots.
In the quarter-finals the Premier Team will face Worcestershire and the A Team Surrey with the date and venue to be confirmed.
Cornwall's place allocations for the National Championships have been confirmed with 1 place in the Singles, Pairs, Triples and Mixed Fours and 2 in the Fours.
The players who will represent Cornwall at the championships will be: Singles – David Studden; Pairs – Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore; Triples – Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore; Fours – Elise Daniell. Nicholas Truscott, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore; John Worton, Neil Gribble, Ken Horrell & Chris Roberts; Mixed Fours – Elise Daniell, Margaret Jenkin, Nigel Nicholls & Peter Hore.
There was a flurry of action in the Cornwall Cricket Board Indoor Sixes on Sunday at the Cornwall Cricket Centre, with nine fixtures scheduled, writes Michael Weeks
Eight were completed, but Truro 1 received a "walkover" as St Stephen were unavailable to play their match.
The surprise of the season is Team 21, who only entered the League for fun and now share the lead in Group C after a convincing win over Roche.
They scored 109 for 5, in spite of losing those five wickets in the final seven balls of their innings, with Richard Chynoweth and CSCA Under 14 player Jack Paull contributing retirement scores of 27 not out and 28 respectively.
Callum Hinchley bowled an economical three overs, taking 1 for 8, and Joe Skinner took 1-7 in two, as Roche never looked like challenging.
Group rivals St Blazey were defeated in a close encounter with Redruth, who scored 92-4 in their ten overs. The match was always an even contest, but St Blazey finished on 89-3 (O Mitchell 26*, P Carne 26*).
Group A's big guns are due for an almighty shoot out in two weeks' time, as Beacon showed impressive form in seeing off the challenge of Grampound Road, who were bowled out for just 49.
Beacon posted a very 'gettable' 98 for 3 (Craig Thomas 25), but their sharp bowling and fielding outfit ensured that the Road were never in contention.
There were three run outs as the innings crumbled, with all four bowlers returning economical figures. St Austell still head the table by two points, though, as they rattled through the St Erme batting for just 44, Steve Raven taking 4 for 14.
The Saints had earlier been restricted to 97 all out, but Raven completed a fine all-round performance, making 22 runs. Lower in the table, there was a close game between Perranporth and Chacewater, with the latter getting home by 5 wickets, with one over to spare. Dave Hill made 27* for the winners, a score equalled by Perran's Stuart Renshaw.
There was a surprise in Group B, leaders Falmouth 1 succumbing to lowly Wadebridge, who passed the 78 runs set in 9.4 overs (Gill 25).
Guy Leathley had also made 25 for Falmouth and 'Bridge' captain Charlie Ellis bowled his three overs for just 12. Julian Osborne's 2 for 12 was not enough to save Falmouth, who now trail Camborne by two points.
Camborne themselves recorded a straightforward win over Newquay by 42 runs and they now face Falmouth in the final group match.
Finally, Stithians had a field day at the expense of Camborne School of Mines.
The village club's much-improved batting racked up 147 for just one wicket, with Glyn Furnival 29*, Kieren Webber 26*, J Mackfall 26* and A Lean 22 all scoring freely. The students made 68 for 3 in reply, leaving Stithians with a huge 79-run win and 5 match points.
There are now just two places up for grabs in the Premier competition, as St Austell, Beacon, Camborne, Falmouth 1, Ladock, Team 21 and St Blazey have all qualified.
Grampound Road are favourites to pip St Erme in Group A and Truro 1 need to see off the challenge of Falmouth 2 in Group C.
All sides which don't make it will compete in the County competition in February and March.
The 2013 Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League fixtures have been published.
Werrington start the defence of their Premier 50/50 Cup at St Austell on Saturday April 20.
Last year's runners-up St Just start at Camborne.
Redruth begin life in the top flight at Falmouth, while Grampound Road host neighbours Truro.
Callington and Paul have opening day byes.
The ECB Cornwall Premier League gets under way on Saturday May 18 with champions Werrington making a return to St Austell.
Redruth, playing in the top division for the first time since 1989, start at St Just.
In County Division 1 relegated Troon start at home to Hayle on Saturday April 27.
Menheniot Looe's return sees a trip to Penzance, while Stithians make their county division debut at Gorran. In all, 161 teams are set to play 1,753 fixtures across the 14 divisions.
They can be viewed at www.cornwallcricket.co.uk
ALAN IN TOP FORM:
In round three of the Cornwall Invitational Premier League West Section Alan Hurley (Illogan Highway) produced the performance of the round with a 5-2 win over Bobby Southworth (Bells Court).
Alan had breaks of 44 and 53 in the first frame, 58 in the second frame, 50 and 51 clearance in the third frame, 59 in the fifth frame and a 40 in the last. Bobby had a 57 in the sixth and a 46 in the last frame. Alan consolidated his lead at the top of the table.
Carl Boundy (St Day) had a 6-1 win over former county champion Steve Downing (St Rumons), winning one frame when Steve had earlier gained a 55 break.
Jamie Read (St Rumons) edged a tight game 4-3 against Chris Timmins (Godolphin Club) gaining victory in the deciding frame. Jamie had breaks of 62 and 45.
Barrie McIntosh (Tregonissey) made it two out of three wins in the eastern section with a 5-2 win over Andy Ridgeman (Callington SC). Barrie had breaks of 36, 61, 62, 30 and 32, while Andy had a 38 and 30.
Andy Pearce (St Dominic) got his first victory of the campaign with a 6-1 win over Richard Lloyd (Bude SC). Richard gained a 53 break.
Truro School 1st XV Reach Last 16 of Daily Mail RBS Under 18 National Cup for Second Successive Year.
Table, see page 99.
ROCK INN SHOW THEIR METTLE:
With weather still impacting on fixtures the Cornwall Sunday League were grateful to the groundsmen at Par Running Track for keeping the pitches playable and allowing both Carlyon Arms and Packhorse to host games.
Packhorse's hopes of winning a third league game in a row were dented by a Rock Inn side whose performances this season have merited far greater points than they actually have.
Despite losing manager and keeper Matt Trendall to an early injury, the away side stormed into a 2-0 half time lead through Ben Thomas and Ryan Faber.
Resolute defending and the constant menace of a breakaway third meant Packhorse struggled to get a foothold in the game, Daley McErlain's headed goal in the 90th minute a mere consolation.
For the second week in a row St Breward made the journey to Par and for the second week in a row nine goals were scored.
Last week's 8-1 reverse to Packhorse was followed by a 9-0 reverse to Carlyon Arms.