St Just lads take the honours
FOR the first time in four years, all competitions were played to a final at the Cornwall Youth Cricket Festival.
St Just upheld the honour of the local clubs with their Under 11 victory, as they were the only Cornish winners of a boys' event, with popular Birmingham visitors Walmley (U13 and U15) and Andover Under 17 (Hampshire) claiming the other trophies.
However, Wadebridge CC won the second ever girls' tournament. Thankfully, the weather held good for most of the week, with just a small amount of rearrangement being required and all four finals were played in good conditions.
St Just were well tested by Perranporth in the Under 11 final, which ended 133 runs to 130. In the other competitions, Grampound Road A took the Plate, beating Rosudgeon B, and Camborne defeated Roche in the Bowl.
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The Under 17 finals were cut short by persistent rain on Thursday evening, so the Plate, between Camborne and St Gluvias, has been held over until this week.
However, Andover were able to play their semi-final on Friday afternoon, defeating Walmley A, then squeezed in the final against Paul, immediately before most of their opponents took the field for the Under 15 final with Walmley.
The players and their team organisers were all most helpful in their readiness to get the games played and some very competitive matches ensued, but with the stronger team prevailing each time. Andover's 77 for six was enough to defeat Paul by 14 runs in the Under 17s, Max Souter claiming the 'Player of the Final' award.
At Under 15, St Erme won the Bowl, beating St Austell by the wide margin of 70 runs. Luc Lombard scored 79 in this match, winning him the U15 Batting Performance of the Week.
Rosudgeon were well beaten by Walmley B in the Plate, whilst the main event was won by Walmley A. The Midlands side scored 119 for 4 (J Harrison 45) in the shortened innings of eight 8-ball overs and, though Paul made the good reply of 98-5, took the title in fairly comfortable fashion.
However, Paul's Ryan Cornish, who scored 51, was named Player of the Final. Ollie Cox, of Andover CC, completed an amazing double, being top scorer with the bat (69, against Falmouth) and recording the best bowling figures, taking 6 for 13 against Grampound Road, including a hat-trick.
The Under 13s had their finals on Thursday and two Penwith teams met in the Plate final, where Rosudgeon were winners by 7 wickets over St Just.
In the Cup final, Walmley made a steady 91 for 5, a competitive but attainable target for locals Truro. The Cornish team got close, but went down by eight runs in the end, Sam Wyatt finishing on 41 not out and claiming the Player of the Final award.
Walmley therefore claimed the double, but they then generously donated their prizes of Lord's Taverners kit bags to two Cornish clubs. Six teams took part in the Under 14 Girls' competition on Tuesday. Falmouth CC entered two teams, the Diamonds and the Pearls, who were the eventual runners-up.
The teams all played each other in a 'round-robin' group and the penultimate match saw Wadebridge defeat Matt Rowe's Development Team by a wide enough margin to overtake them in second place.
However, a surprise win for Grampound Road over Falmouth Pearls then meant that Wadebridge claimed the title on runs difference.
This is the first year that they have fielded a girls' team in matches and were understandably delighted with their success. Lisa's All Stars were the other team taking part.
The 2014 Festival will run from Sunday August 10 to Friday August 15, at St Gluvias Cricket Club and other local grounds.
Under 11 Final: St Just 133, Perranporth 130; St Just won by 3 runs.
Under 13: Walmley 91-5, Truro 83-4; Walmley won by 8 runs.
Under 15: Walmley A 119-4, Paul 98-5; Walmley A won by 21 runs.
Under 17: Andover 77-6, Paul 63-3; Andover won by 14 runs.