Cornish Guardian sports round-up, August 28
ST ENODOC'S BATTLE TROPHY FIFTH ROUND:
The words 'mad dogs and Englishmen' came to mind during the Round 5 of the Battle Trophy played last Saturday with the field of 51 members having to battle against some of the worst conditions faced in Saturday competition this year, writes George Dale.
Despite the weather being poor all day the earlier starters did have the slightly better conditions and this was reflected in the scoring with most of the better scores coming from those out early.
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Tom Meek's winning score of 67 was very impressive played in those conditions under a Medal format and was good enough to win by two shots from Ryan Perring and Richard Hawken both returning excellent scores of 69 with Ryan finishing in Second after count-back.
Both Ryan and Richard picked up the maximum 20 points in the Battle Series which now puts Richard in a tie for the lead with Ken Perring with two rounds left to play.
Viscountess Clifden Trophy:
The Mixed Foursomes Stableford Viscountess Clifden trophy which consists of a cigarette box and glass perfume bottle, were first played for in 1906 and were subsequently "mislaid" for many years
It is now always played over the August Bank Holiday weekend, which this year was blessed with sunshine but a very tricky and quite strong wind which was bound to affect the scoring.
Twenty-nine pairs played in what is the hardest format in which to score well, significantly up on 21 the year before and as expected the scores reflected the conditions.
In spite of these, the winners Penny and Marc Knight had an outstanding 36 points to win by 6 which was really quite something.
All those who took home prizes were: 1st Mark & Penny Knight 36 pts; 2nd Bob & Annie Cruse 30 pts; 3rd Keith Hawke & Celia Jarvis 30 pts.
Interestingly, all those in the prizes were husband and wife except Keith Hawke and Celia Jarvis.
Keith admitted he had never played in a Mixed Foursomes event before so brought along his cousin Celia to hold his hand and it certainly proved successful for them.
ST ENODOC LADIES:
This week a round of the Roworth Salver was played in bright and breezy conditions. Kath Biddle has taken advantage of the school summer vacation to work on improving her game with resounding success.
Kath finished in first place with a brilliant 39 points and is to be congratulated on reducing her handicap to single figures.
1st Kath Biddle 39 points; 2nd Pauline Meredith 34 points.
The Sir Cecil Carr Competition was held on the Church Course on Tuesday. This is a Stableford competition with a difference as players are only allowed to use four clubs instead of the usual 14.
Maggie Day obviously made the right selection of clubs and claimed the top spot after compiling an impressive 36 points with Angela Tickner runner-up on 34 points.
CARLYON BAY LADIES:
A Clemo won the Vets Cup this week, and other results:
Medal. 1st division: 1 P Coleman 74; 2 B Adam 74; 3 A Clemo 74. 2nd division: 1 M Bruce 73; 2 J East 73; 3 C Pearce 74.
DOBWALLS LADIES 0 TORQUAY UTD 1
Dobwalls can count themselves unlucky not to get anything from their opening fixture of the South West Women's League western division, writes Terry Porter.
The first half saw Dobwalls' defence holding strong against some excellent and quick Torquay attackers that included several ex-Argyle players.
Faye Hankinson in the Dobwalls goal pulled off two brilliant saves on the few occasions that Torquay got clear shots on goal.
On one occasion it looked like a certain goal but she dived acrobatically to her left to tip the ball around the post as it swerved away from her and towards the corner of the net.
At the other end, Torquay cleared off the line following a scramble that followed one of a series of well taken corners by both Lavers and Porter.
And Porter was unlucky when a snap shot from the edge of the box clipped the bar and went over. The score at half time remained at 0-0.
In the second half Torquay played with the slope and breeze in their favour. They came close when a long range shot hit the crossbar but finally they went ahead with a headed goal from a set piece.
At the other end, Borlase for Dobwalls, was incredibly unlucky when her header from a corner struck a post.
It looked as if it was going to deflect in but was adjudged not to have crossed the line. The referee to his credit was well positioned but it must have been one of those where not all of the ball crossed the line.
In an attempt to chase the game, Dobwalls switched keepers with youngster Coran Giddy taking the gloves from Hankinson.
The tactic almost paid off as Hankinson appeared to break free but was called off side in a decision which must have been as close as the earlier goal-line decision.
The Dobwalls players raised their games from the previous week's performance in the friendly against Charlestown and can be very pleased with their performance, especially as two of their best players, and potential goal getters, were absent.
Last season saw Dobwalls lose to Torquay (then Bay) 3-0 on two occasions, so they should be much encouraged by this improved performance and result.
Dobwalls Ladies are fortunate to share an excellent home pitch at Lantoom Park with the men's team. There is also a second high standard pitch available at the ground that can be used as a back-up in times of inclement weather.
The team is supported by the Highwayman pub which provides food following home games.
Training takes place in Saltash as this best suits the majority of players at present.
While light permits, the team trains at the Chapel Field starting at 7pm on Thursday evenings. Later in the year, the intention is to move Thursday evening training to the all weather pitch at Salt Mill starting at 8pm.
The team is seeking experienced or up and coming new players to strengthen their already strong core of players.
Interested players should contact manager Paul Borlase on 01752 843351 or secretary Terry Porter on 01503 250687.
Sunday was not a day for the faint hearted, with winds gusting up to Force 7 sweeping across the bay.
Competitors in both Handicap Fleets had a good start, but once beating towards the windward mark found that conditions were even trickier than they had looked from the shore; violent changes in wind direction and huge unpredictable gusts found some competitors well outside their comfort zone.
Steve Wingrove was one who could not control his powerful Blaze in these conditions, and Richard Morley also retreated to the beach after an early capsize in his Comet.
In the Handicap Fleet the battle appeared to be between the two Scorpions, but Brian Reeves managed to get his Laser in-between the two, and so it was Andrew and Jenny Kendal who took line honours, with Paul Beacon and Kelvin Kirkham back in third place.
Ten-year-old Finn Hawkins put some of the older sailors to shame by finishing 4th in his Laser 4.7.
In the Fast Handicap Fleet, Richard Armstrong revelled in the conditions, Taking his Contender through into 1st place by just 15 seconds from Paddy Seyler and Nigel Dowrick's RS400. Lionel Rigby and Ken Fobbester, although battered and bruised, finished 3rd in this fleet.
A number of crews called it a day after the morning race, including Chris Hazell and Tony Dunn, who had stayed upright, but with the wind set to increase, decided not to chance their luck again.
As predicted, the wind had increased in strength for race 2, and both fleets were reduced in size. In the Slow Handicap Fleet the outstanding performance was by young Luke Bilkey, who brought his Topper home in first place, a huge 9 minutes ahead of the Scorpion of Andrew and Jenny Kendall.
Steve Wingrove, who had retired in the first race, sailed his powerful Blaze well to take third spot. Once again young Finn Hawkins did well, putting his Laser 4.7 into 5th place.
In the fast Handicap fleet it was Jeremy and Suzanne Hawkins' Tasar that went straight into the lead and held it through out the race.
The unpredictable conditions meant that Lionel Rigby and Ken Fobbester, who had been making inroads into Jeremy and Suzanne's lead, were suddenly becalmed, just seconds after being flattened by a huge blast.
Nevertheless, Lionel and Ken took second place, finishing just 5 seconds ahead of Paddy Seyler and Nigel Dowrick's RS400 after an hour's racing.
Race 1. Handicap Fleet: 1st Andrew and Jenny Kendall Scorpion; 2nd Brian Reeves Laser; 3rd Paul Beacon and Kelvin Kirkham Scorpion.
Fast Handicap Fleet: 1st Richard Armstrong Contender; 2nd Paddy Seyler and Nigel Dowrick RS400; 3rd Lionel Rigby and Ken Fobbester Tasar.
Race 2. Handicap Fleet: 1st Luke Bilkey Topper; 2nd Andrew and Jenny Kendall Scorpion; 3rd Steve Wingrove Blaze.
Fast Handicap Fleet: 1st Jeremy and Suzanne Hawkins Tasar; 2nd Lionel Rigby and Ken Fobbester Tasar; 3rd Paddy Seyler and Nigel Dowrick RS400.
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GORRAN MISS OUT:
Gorran missed an ideal opportunity on Saturday to defeat Menheniot-Looe, one of the better sides in division one, when they squandered a promising start and spoilt some good cricket with too much of the slapdash variety – a more disciplined effort and the visitors were there for the taking.
Batting first on yet another excellent home pitch, Gorran got off to the worst possible start when opener Dan Semple fell lbw to Tom Dinnis for four.
After a two and a half year absence from cricket, makeshift fellow opener, Tom Bray-Smith nostalgically proved his abiding class by rallying to the cause with a stylish 54.
He put on 82 for the second wicket with Robin Kendall before he was bowled by Edward Facey with the score on 86.
Facey immediately struck again, trapping Elliott Bamber-Jones lbw for one but all seemed well in the home camp as James Tomlinson joined his captain until the score reached 134.
It was then time for one of Gorran's traditional collapses as three wickets fell for only four runs, courtesy of Menheniiot-Looe's own Kiwi all-rounder Ben Millar.
In quick succession, he sent back Robin Kendall, never quite at his best, caught by Hugh Rogers for 48, Joe Semple, caught by Andy Taylor for 3 and, crucially, Andrew Grant bowled for a duck.
There then followed one of Gorran's traditional recoveries as James Tomlinson combined prudent defence with selective hitting whilst Gorran's own Kiwi, Dean Hawley gave him solid support - until, that is, the former managed to run him out for 14 with the score on 191.
Tomlinson continued to bat well and it was a shame that after Jacob Lakeman had been bowled by Tom Dinnis for 5, he gave up on any attempt to marshal the tail and his fine innings ended on 78 when an ugly mow saw him bowled by Facey.
The same bowler completed a "5 for" when he dismissed Kyran Grant L.B.W. and curtailed the Gorran innings in the 43rd over at 239 - a competitive but below par score.
The visitors run chase got off to a shaky start as James Tomlinson followed up his fine batting effort by sending back Peter Nance caught by Dan Semple without troubling the scorers.
Dean Hawley then reduced Menhenniot-Looe to 12 for 2 as Tom Dinnis was trapped L.B.W for just 6. Some ill disciplined bowling, however, in which Gorran gifted the opposition over 50 runs in extras, allowed the visitors to wriggle off the hook.
A third wicket stand of 113 between opener Andrew Keeble and Ben Millar was eventually broken by part time slow bowler Dan Semple who induced an aerial miss hit by Keeble who was well caught by Andy Grant for 51.
When Menheniot- Looe lost their fourth wicket and top batter, Ben Millar without further addition to their score of 125, the game was right in the melting pot.
Andy Grant made sure that an earlier let off was not too costly when he had the New Zealander caught behind by Elliott Bamber-Jones for 40.
Crucially, for the visitors, however, everyone in the middle order made a meaningful contribution and Gorran failed to maintain pressure on their opponents with a succession of wides.
Luke Ripley chipped in with 32 before his defences were breached by Jamie Tabb and by the time Phil Shepley was caught by Bamber-Jones off Dean Hawley, the visitors were just 23 shy of victory.
Hugh Rogers (17 no) out and Mike Maiden (16 no) completed the win for Menheniot-Looe.
ELEMENTARY FOR WATSON AS HE WINS AT ST AUSTELL:
Weymouth-based Michael Watson continued his remarkable run of success by winning the St Austell Pro-am for his 11th victory in his last 23 pro-ams.
The Wessex Golf Centre professional shot two-under-par 67 to finish one clear of Anthony Nash (St Enodoc), Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) and Richard Sadler (Killiow).
Chris Gill (Newquay) continued his improving form by carding a par 69 to take fifth while Cornish trio Dan Wood (Ivyleaf), Grant Slater (Trevose) and Nick Rogers (Falmouth) were two strokes further behind in sixth.
Nicks Horrocks (Staddon Heights) won the team prize on 124, three better than Ian Marshall (Plymouth Golf Centre) with Hendriksen third on 129.
More county golf in Peter Heyman's column, Page 97.