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Sports round-up, March 27

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 27, 2013

  • RUNNING: The team from St Austell Running Club who did so well in the An Resek Hells event at Helston on Sunday.

  • INDOOR CRICKET: youngsters who took part in the Cornwall Secondary Schools festival finals at Cornwall Cricket Centre, Truro.

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Running

AN RESEK HELLYS:

More than 360 runners braved the freezing conditions to bring the streets, trails and coastal paths around Helston alive in the annual An Resek Hellys on Sunday.

It was the fifth race of the Cornwall Road Running Glass and Glazing Grand Prix Series. Justin Thomas of Cornwall AC won the men's race and Zelah Morrall made it a Cornwall AC double by taking the women's race.

The ten-mile multi terrain route, which started and finished at Penrose Estate next to the Boating Coronation Lake and Park, saw another fantastic turn-out of runners and spectators.

St Austell Running Club continued their impressive start to the season. From the gun Jez Mancer set off with the leaders in a position that he would hold on to, finishing fourth overall, just over two minutes behind race winner Thomas.

In the race Cornwall AC managed to pip St Austell by one point, but from a GP point of view once the non club runners were removed and with St Austell's seventh runner Laurie Lee in before Cornwall AC's sixth runner meant St Austell came first in the GP scoring, making it three consecutive first places.

So with Mancer fourth, Phil Montgomery-Smith 10th, Stephen Hands 13th, Simon Williams 15th, Stuart Nicholas 16th and Tim Adams 25th, another great team result was achieved.

The ladies came in fifth place overall with Lucy Mancer leading the way finishing second lady overall, with Jessica Buscombe, Deb Grills, Rachel Waters, Georgina Speake and Claire Budge making up the rest of the team.

It was a good day for the Mancer family with both Jez and Lucy both winning their age categories. There was also a win for Sue Mellis, Laurie Lee and Malcolm Roberts were second in their categories and Stuart Nicholas third in his.

A surprised Maggie Tagney picked up third is her age category as well. All in all a very successful day for STARC once again.

1st Male: Justin Thomas (Cornwall AC) 0:58:21, 2nd Male, Dave Buzza (Cornwall AC) 0:59:54, 3rd Male - Russell Turner (Hayle Runners) 1:00:20.

1st Female: Zelah Morrall (Cornwall AC) 1:06:57, 2nd Female, Lucy Mancer (St Austell RC) 1:10:07, 3rd Female, Elisha Hurst (Cornwall AC) 1:10:54.

Full race results can be found at www.carrickleisure.co.uk

Rugby League

REBELS BRING POPULAR SPORT BACK TO CORNWALL:

Competitive rugby league is coming to Cornwall next season – after a newly formed team were accepted to play in the 2013 South West Men's League, writes Lee Hall.

The Cornish Rebels are the first rugby league club to be formed in Cornwall and club officials are now in the process of recruiting players in time for their inaugural season, which begins in May.

The Rebels, who are likely to be based in Mid-Cornwall, will be coached by Jonny Platt, a Cornish-born serviceman who has played competitive rugby league for the Royal Navy and the British Armed Forces.

The fixture list for the 2013 season has yet to be announced, though the Rebels will be competing against Exeter Centurions, Devon Sharks, Plymouth Titans, North Devon Raiders, South Dorset Giants and Somerset Vikings.

At the end of the season, where the Rebels will be hoping to feature in the play-offs and grand final, a special Cornwall v Devon fixture will take place in August in what Rebels officials hope will continue to promote the sport in a county dominated by rugby union.

Club secretary Rob Butland said: "These are really exciting times for rugby league in Cornwall. We've been working on forming a team for quite some time, so to finally get accepted into the 2013 South West Men's League is great news.

"We are now in the process of recruiting new players, and we are also close to finalising plans for our new home for next season."

Butland, John Beach and Laurence Belt are the driving force of the club and form the committee.

Butland added: "We are currently looking for players, coaches, volunteers and sponsors via recruitment@cornishrebels.co.uk. We can also be contacted on Facebook and Twitter."

The Cornish Rebels are working in partnership with local businesses, and their main partnership this year will be The Rebel Brewing Company who are based in Penryn.

The Rebels have already had a positive response from players, with some making the move across from rugby union. The club's first training session takes place on April 10, and details of the venue and times will be appearing on the club's Twitter and Facebook pages shortly.

The Cornish Rebels are the South West County of Origins Series 2012 champions, and holders of the Martin Roddy OBE Cup which was won on Devon's turf last August.

Cricket

ST AUSTELL RETAIN INDOOR SIXES TITLE:

There were no surprises, but some excellent indoor cricket, as St Austell and Redruth claimed the Premier and County League titles respectively on Sunday afternoon.

St Austell retained their crown and completed a 'double double', following up their cup win over Ladock and the two triumphs of last season, but Falmouth made them fight hard for this win.

Their score of 82 was not a great one in a 12 overs match, Adrian Noott, Guy Leathley and George Popperwell the only batsmen scoring 15 runs or more, with none achieving 20, but it did set up a decent contest.

The Saints' bowlers bowled accurately and economically, though three batsmen were actually run out.

After the break, Falmouth replied in kind and the innings started slowly, but Mike Bone (27*) and Matt Ellison (25*) eventually reached retirement scores as St Austell paced the run chase well, reaching their target with seven deliveries to spare.

Antony Angove was the most impressive Falmouth bowler, conceding a mere ten runs from his three lively overs.

The St Austell club can certainly claim to be the indoor kings at the moment as, in addition to the men's efforts, their Women's team also holds two indoor titles, making it a maximum four out of four this year.

Wadebridge were never really in the hunt in the County League game, being restricted to just 57 for 4, of which Jonny Centini made 20 not out.

Some good Redruth bowling, from all of Neil Ivamy, Ben Stevens, Luke Johnson and Mark Jenkin, coupled with a lack of effective running, made this game a little one-sided.

Redruth reached the necessary total in just under seven overs, largely through Ivamy (23*) and Adam Wallace (20). This was also a double for them, as they had defeated Chacewater in the 2011-12 final.

Results. County League final: Wadebridge 57-4, Redruth 61-1 (Redruth won by 5 wkts).

Premier League final: Falmouth 82, St Austell 83-1 (St Austell won by 5 wkts).

PERRANPORTH SHINE IN OVER 45s TOURNAMENT:

Perranporth's 'oldies' were mightily impressive in seeing off Trevor Lee's 'Quick Singles' outfit on Sunday, reaching the 81 runs needed with four balls and two wickets in hand.

Stuart Renshaw finished the job off after retiring earlier, making 35 not out at the end, including two sixes. Lee made 24 and took two wickets, with Jim McKenna 26* and Nigel Sanders 25* also making runs for the losing side.

St Erme posted the low total of 49 all out against Swan Arrows (Wadebridge/Pencarrow), but kept the match alive until the ninth over, taking three early wickets.

Dave Dunnett and Mark Pluckrose (23*) steadied the ship and saw Swan Arrows home by three wickets. Paul Bunt claimed two wickets for 11 runs for St Erme and Pluckrose, in a fine all-round effort, took 2-3 for the winning team.

Over 45s results. Quick Singles 80-1, Perranporth 84-4 (Perranporth won by 2 wkts); St Erme 49, Swan Arrows 50-3 (Swan Arrows won by 3 wkts).

CORNWALL SECONDARY SCHOOLS INDOOR FESTIVAL:

Cornwall Cricket Board Ltd have concluded their annual Indoor cricket competitions for the secondary schools.

This year saw a big increase in school participation with 68 teams taking part in under 13s and 15s boys and girls competitions.

The Lady Taverners girls competition was especially pleasing with 33 teams participating from all over the county.

In total 330 girls and 280 boys competed indoors. Each year this increases and schools are playing and getting better at playing the indoor format.

In 2013 Cornwall Cricket Board took the indoor competitions out to the schools and we had venues hosting competitions around the county.

This made competition more accessible and therefore more schools took part. Callington School, Treviglas, Brannel, Camborne Science and Community College and Penwith College hosted events.

The finals took part at the Cornwall Cricket Centre involving the regional festival winners. This provided some excellent hard fought cricket in both the Lady Taverners and Boys competition.

The schools involved in the U13 Girls festival were; Cape Cornwall School, Truro School, Brannel School and Wadebridge School, Cape Cornwall were the ultimate winners and will represent Cornwall in the Lady Taverners Regional Final in Taunton.

The schools involved in the Lady Taverners under 15s County final were; Pool Academy, Cape Cornwall School, Brannel School and Bodmin College.

The winners were Pool Academy and will also represent Cornwall at the Regional Finals. There was an added bonus for this Final with Charlotte Edwards, England Ladies Captain and most successful women's batter presented the awards.

The U13s boys competition involved, Camborne Science and Community College, Redruth School, Callington College, Hayle School and Mounts Bay School, Camborne Science and Community College were the ultimate winners.

The U15s completion involved Camborne Science and Community College, Penrice School and Humphry Davy School, Humphry Davy came out on top and won the county competition.

Thanks go to the volunteer umpires and the schools colleges for providing the facilities. There are excellent talented players in Cornwall playing schools cricket which is good for the future of the game.

Players need to progress into club cricket to challenge themselves and get the coaching.

If people want to know more about boys and girls cricket please contact joe.skinner@ecb.co.uk or womenscricketcoordinators@gma il.com. Please see www.cornwallcricket.co.uk for more information.

Girls' Football

EAST CORNWALL YOUTH LEAGUE CUP SEMI-FINAL

Liskeard Girls FC 2, Illogan 0:

The cup draw was not kind to Liskeard as they had been drawn against undefeated league leaders Illogan.

But Liskeard were going in to this game with great confidence as the games in recent weeks had been getting closer between these two teams with second place Liskeard taking the first point off Illogan all season with a 1-1 draw away in the league last weekend.

Illogan were up for this game, from the first whistle they were at Liskeard as they dominated the early exchanges. Liskeard however were dealing with this early pressure well with Georgia Smith and Lucy Benham remaining calm and going about their business in defence superbly.

When Liskeard started to find their shape they grew in to the game with the attacking trio of Morgan Friend, Charlie Harris and Delfina Bounsall causing Illogan no end of problems.

After knocking on the door a few times their hard work was finally rewarded when Charlie Harris made a strong powerful run through the heart of the Illogan team to slide the ball in to the unmarked Morgan Friend to fire home from close range.

Illogan were behind for the first time this season and came out in the second half with renewed energy but because of the hard work of so many in a Liskeard shirt they couldn't get a foot hold in the game with holding midfielder Kerryn Walsh not giving them a chance to get at the Liskeard defence as she controlled the middle of the park.

Liskeard finally got the second goal that their performance merited thanks to a fantastic solo goal by Charlie Harris as with some quick thinking and brilliant footwork she managed to skin her marker twice before finding the back of the net from an acute angle.

Faye Mollard put on a great showing on the right of defence to help Liskeard navigate a tricky last ten minutes and Georgia smith who converted to midfield in the second half was proving a real handful for the Illogan defence and was unlucky not to get on the scoresheet herself.

Illogan kept battling until the end and the last five minutes saw goalkeeper Asha Van Meurs pull off two top class saves to keep the clean sheet that she and the team deserved.

The girls can now look forward to the Cup Final on May 19.

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