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Sports round-up - July 6

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

  • GAME, SUNSET & MATCH: Cornwall's first Beach Tennis Tournament is coming to Newquay. See story left.

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Beach Tennis


Strawberries, Pimms, green grass and Wimbledon are normally associated with tennis but for one weekend only Cornwall's first Beach Tennis Tournament is coming to Newquay.

Tiger24.com and the Lawn Tennis Association Cornwall are hosting a beach tennis tournament and two days of free family fun, No String's Attached 2012 on Tolcarne Beach in Newquay on July 21 and 22 from 10am.

Top seeded players will compete for a £1,000 prize purse with £500 in the men's doubles and £500 in the mixed doubles. Free coaching and free family tennis, with a chance to win a weekend at the Hotel Victoria, will give everyone the opportunity not only to watch but to participate in the two days.

All equipment will be provided free of charge and free coaching sessions by LTA qualified instructors will be available from 11am.

The weekend sponsored by the Hotel Victoria is in support of the LTA's All Play initiative to inspire the next generation into sport, the true ethos behind Britain hosting the Olympics.

Cornwall was the first place in the country to host the Olympic torch and initiatives like this help to bring the games closer to communities outside of London.

A week prior to the tournament The Hotel Victoria's lawn is being transformed into a beach tennis court to promote the event and encourage even more families to come and play.



Gorran 223-8. Lucket 87.

Gorran completed a comprehensive home victory against Luckett on Saturday in a disappointingly one sided contest.

Inserted by the visitors on a perfectly decent wicket, but one which inevitably offered some assistance to the bowlers, Gorran scored 223 for eight in a game reduced to 48 overs a side.

The platform for Gorran's innings was set by openers Matt House and Jimmy Laming who put on a fine opening stand of 102. They both played with a great deal of skill and application against the seaming new ball and were perhaps a little let down by the middle and late order batting which failed to fully capitalise on their early endeavours.

The hero for Gorran was New Zealand overseas player Jimmy Laming.

His magnificent innings of 104 brought general rejoicing and a great deal of personal satisfaction given the prevailing conditions and his early struggles on the soft, slow Cornish wickets of 2012.

After Matt House was caught by Mark Brown off Mark Southcott for 41, Robin Kendall and James Carter both departed for cameos of 24 and 16 respectively.

The remaining Gorran batsmen all failed to reach double figures. John Schuttkacker bowled out James Carter and finally accounted for centurion Jimmy Laming, caught by Ryan Brown to leave Gorran on 188 for three. Schuttkacker then struck again to Have Andrew Grant bowled for four.

There were two late wickets for Luckett's Peter West as he removed Rob Bennetts for a duck and Rhys Daniel for eight. After the euphoria of Jimmy Laming's century, Gorran's innings rather lost momentum and the final total of 223 was perhaps 15 to 20 runs short of earlier expectations.

Luckett's openers put on 26 for the first wicket before James Tomlinson had Mark Southcott caught by Rhys Daniel in the gulley for one.

After Chris Kendall sent back Mark Schuttkacker, caught behind by Matt House for 19, the game turned into the Rhys Daniel and James Carter show.

Between them, they took eight Luckett wickets for just 33 runs in 15.4 overs. There was little or no resistance from the Luckett batsmen as they crumbled to a paltry 87 all out in only 29.4 overs.

Rhys Daniel finished with the commendable figures of seven overs, three maidens five for 17. Carter's figures were equally impressive – 8.4 overs, two maidens, three for 16.

Result: Gorran (20pts) bt Luckett (6) by 136 runs.


Following Tregony's sad withdrawal from the Cornish Cricket League, Pencarrow CC agreed to visit Back Lane on Sunday friendly, in an attempt to build a relationship with the once great club and to allow their old players to have a reunion.

Sadly, after half the Pencarrow team arrived late due to work commitments and an early start, Pencarrow player Jack Bassett decided to act as stand-in skipper, carry out the toss, and bat on an unpredictable surface against a visibly strong Tregony XI.

With predictable results, Pencarrow were soon in the mire at three for four and four for six; but managed to stage a mini recovery thanks to a belligerent 42 from Newquay CC starlet Tom Eggins, featuring three huge sixes.

Assisted by a good nine from all-rounder Jonnie Cook and a gritty 13 from skipper Sam Millatt at number eight, Pencarrow gradually edged passed the 90 mark.

A mini collapse toward the end of the innings ensued, with Bassett (8), John Key (3) and Millatt all falling in quick succession, leaving Tony Gibbs stranded on a resolute one* as Pencarrow were bowled out for a poor 93.

The pick of the home bowlers were Adam Blackler with three for three, Alex Ridd with one for one from four and a good spell from young Roche seamer William Harvey (two for 15 from four).

Tregony's reply was pegged back by some good, accurate bowling from the Pencarrow attack, with Tom Eggins' medium pace removing opener James Hunkin and number three Pearce cheaply, on his way to figures of two for 26 from four overs.

At the other end, Tony Gibbs removed Parker lbw for five, but after this the visiting attack had limited success. County youth player Alex Ridd soon put the bowlers to the sword with a brutal 54* before retiring, after hitting five sixes and ruining the figures of young John Key (0-41 from three) and emotional RAF cook Wayne Smyth, as his one over disappeared for 15.

With the total passed, both skippers agreed to carry on until the 20 over mark for practice. Kai Pearce made a good 17, and Roche overseas player Owen Daley hit an entertaining 54*, featuring four sixes.

Following this disappointing setback, Pencarrow will aim to return to full strength tomorrow as they take on Menheniot-Looe III, and hope to regain their top spot in Division Five East.


Menheniot-Looe CC 210-4. Callington 185.

A fantastic all round performance from Michael Perry for the Menheniot-Looe Sharks was the highlight of wet but high scoring affair against local rivals Callington.

Perry top scored for the Sharks with 58 and took four crucial wickets to help the home side to a hard fought and well earned victory.

Sharks' skipper won the toss and decided to bat first. And Menheniot-Looe couldn't have got off to a better start as Parker's first over went for 28 runs, mostly from beamers and full tosses.

Millar and Lee didn't look back and set about pressing home the early advantage as part of a 96 partnership before the first rain came.

The shower was short but the field became unplayable and dangerous to field on so the players were unable to re-take the field. When they finally got back out another shower led to an early tea and the innings was reduced to 33 overs.

With not much time left the Menheniot-Looe players looked to accelerate and wickets inevitably fell.

Lee reached his half century before mistiming an Alex Mortimore delivery to mid-on. Perry smashed a brilliant 58 from just 47 balls before falling at the death. A great effort from the classy all rounder.

Menheniot-Looe finished on 210 for four from 33 and were confident that it would be enough. And with early wickets and a slow initial run rate a home win looked the likely outcome. But some clean striking from Nick Parker gave Callington some momentum and stand in captain, Pete Tancock wasted no time at all, hitting boundaries from the start.

Once Parker was removed by a classy Facey slower ball, Jamie Blatchford joined in the action putting the fielders under pressure with some hard running.

The score raced to 138 for three from 23 overs and the run rate required was reduced to seven an over.

With Rogers suffering from bowling with a short leg side boundary, the crucial move from skipper, Danny Lee, was changing his end and bringing back on the Steve Marchant Plastering Player of the Match, Michael Perry.

Perry quickly removed Tancock while Rogers got out Blatchford. The momentum shifted, Perry took another two wickets and the home side were able to see out a nail biting 25 run win. Callington put up a great fight but were left to rue the half-time departure of all rounder, Jamie Hine, thus batting with just ten men.

The fielding from Menheniot-Looe was brilliant and they never wilted under the pressure. Steve Marchant put in some fantastic ground fielding on the boundary while Danny Lee scored a great run out with a diving direct hit. But the Menheniot-Looe Sharks' fielder of the week award went to Kyle Maslen for a great high catch and superb all round performance.



The unpredictable weather during the month of June has produced varying sport at the fishery.

Some days fish have been much deeper in the lake with sinking lines a must fished with nymphs, mini lures and boobies.

Settled weather conditions have bought fish closer to the surface with floating lines fished with nymphs, buzzers, dries and mini lures being more productive.

The largest five fish bag of the month was caught by Steve Newman, of London, which weighed in at 13lb 1oz. Steve caught his fish on buzzers.

Keith Hoskin, of Bodmin, caught the largest rainbow of the month at 5lb 12oz. Keith caught his fish on an Alley-Cat.

Mick Moore, of Bodmin, landed a good 5lb 11oz rainbow on a Hares Ear Nymph and Graham Johns, of St Austell, landed a good 5lb 10oz rainbow on a mini Dawsons Olive.



St Austell Sharks Swimming Club swimmers Kay de Courcy, Finn Branney, Ninette Hibbs and Peter Long had success at the South West Open Water competition at West Country Water Park, Bradley Stoke near Bristol.

With many of the South West's best distant swimmers competing, St Austell Sharks came away with very good results in the events entered.

Finn Branney swam the boys 1,750 metre 15/18 years and open age group race, coming second, winning silver in a time of 24:15.93.

Peter Long in the men's 2,000 metres, 40/49 years age group, won gold in a time of 30:37:70.

Ninette Hibbs in the women's 40/49 age group won a gold medal in time of 32:35.05.

Kay de Courcy, who will be swimming this event at the National open water Championships in July at Rother Park South Yorkshire, won the women's regional 15/18 years and open age group titles in a gold medal time of 27:38.23.

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