Cornwall Cricket League preview for Saturday, September 3

By David Sillifant   |   Sports Reporter   |
Friday 2nd September 2022 8:37 pm
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Cornwall captain Paul Smith, who lives in Birmingham these days, lines up for Werrington in a crucial relegation battle at Callington tomorrow (12.30pm).
Cornwall captain Paul Smith, who lives in Birmingham these days, lines up for Werrington in a crucial relegation battle at Callington tomorrow (12.30pm). (Tindle )

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CALLINGTON host fellow relegation battlers Werrington tomorrow at Moores Park (12.30pm) knowing that a win will all but confirm their safety for another season in the ECB Cornwall Premier League.

Both clubs are in a three-way battle with Truro to avoid the sole relegation spot with Callington five points ahead of the other two who are level.

With just two games to go, a Callington victory would put them at least 15 points clear and probably more, leaving them needing just a handful of points on the final day at Camborne to be safe.

Werrington will hope for a favour from Hayle when they welcome Truro.

If they win at Cally and Truro lose then they will be in pole position when they visit Redruth next Saturday.

Callington have made a couple of changes from last week’s home defeat to Wadebridge.

Second team captain Toby May has been brought in to bolster the batting in place of the absent Nick Parker while left-arm paceman Jim Shorten replaces off-spinner Rich Brown and leg-spinner Harry Sawyers makes a welcome return in place of Ben Allsop.

Werrington give a second appearance of the season to Cornwall captain Paul Smith as he is back for the weekend, while all-rounder Adam Hodgson is fit enough to play having broken his thumb against Penzance recently.

They replace bowlers Jason Seldon and Ian Worsnip, meaning a much longer batting line-up.

Callington v Werrington: Aidan Libby, Ryan Brown, Luke Brenton (capt), Rumesh Buddhika, Ollie Allsop, Toby May, Fred Wilkinson (wkt), Josh Procter, Alex Mortimore, Jim Shorten, Harry Sawyers.

Werrington: Ben Smeeth, Taylor Gerry, John Moon, Mark Gribble, Paul Smith, Ben Jenkin, Adam Hodgson, Nick Lawson (capt, wkt), Dan Barnard, Darren Webber, Mark Taskis.

County Division One

WHILE Werrington Seconds were relegated several weeks ago, there’s all to play for between Callington Seconds and Lanhydrock in the race for survival.

Lanhydrock might be 12 points ahead, but missed the chance to all but secure survival when Werrington hammered them last week.

Callington make the short trip to Werrington knowing that a win coupled with a Lanhydrock defeat to second-placed Beacon will ensure they head into the final day within a couple of points of each other.

Callington batted okay at Helston last Saturday in making 167 all-out but failed to pick up a single bonus point in the field as the Blues clinched the championship with a nine-wicket success.

With skipper Toby May promoted to help the ones, Tom Neville will deputise as he has so often in recent weeks.

He is able to choose from a fairly strong side with Ben Allsop and Rich Brown coming down from the ones.

Werrington hammered Lanhydrock to register a first win of the season, and skipper Rob Dymond will fancy his side’s chances of back-to-back victories at Ladycross.

Werrington 2 v Callington 2: Toby Ward, Adam Jenkin, Hugh Tomkinson, Dan Howgill, James Adams, Rob Dymond (capt, wkt), Dan Warring, Jordan Duke, Ian Searle, Ian Worsnip, Jason Seldon.

Callington 2 at Werrington 2: Alex Robinson, Rich Brown, Tom Neville (capt), Peter Tancock, James Moon, Charlie Coates, Ben Allsop, Mohammad Durrani-Zubair (wkt), George Wilkinson, Dave Bolland, Ben Alford.

Division Two East

ALL eyes will be on Crooklets tomorrow when Bude welcome Holsworthy in the local derby knowing that defeat could go a long way towards relegation.

With three teams likely to go down due to the two coming down from the East section, Bude are currently fourth bottom.

However with Tideford set to host Menheniot-Looe, a Bude defeat will mean one of those sides will leapfrog them heading into the final weekend.

Bude skipper Warren Rumble is able to name a near-full strength side with six bowling options to choose from and a lengthy batting order.

In comes Ryan Chalkley – fresh off his unbeaten 90 for the seconds last week – and top order batsman Matt Whitefield.

Holsworthy make the short trip over firmly in mid-table.

They are missing opener Jack May and bowler George Wilcox but will fancy their chances.

Bude v Holsworthy: Warren Rumble (capt), Wayne Adams, Matt Whitefield, Tom Hall, Tom Lush (wkt), Andrew De Rosa, Matt Williams, Sam Hockin, Ryan Chalkley, Matt Mansbridge, Jack Horwell.

Holsworthy at Bude: Aiden Gerry, Lyndon Piper, Brendon Harris, Ryan Walter (capt), Sam Stacey (wkt), Jack Greening, Rob Mitchell, Will Priest, Dan Furse, Rowan Tidball, Graham Wild.

TINTAGEL can enjoy their final two games knowing they’re safe and visit relegated Callington Thirds.

Skipper Ryan Pooley is able to bring back opener Tom Parsons after a couple of weeks off while Sam Abbott is around again and will open.

Ollie Beaumont – fresh off five catches in last week’s victory over St Austell – retains his place in the absence of the injured Tom Harris but will be bowling this week following the departure of West Indian Jeremy Araujo.

Callington give more experience to the younger members of the club with the aim of preparing them for next season.

Callington 3 v Tintagel: Chris Simpson, Ben Neville, Blake Tancock (wkt), James Brenton, Ant Kirby, Spencer Ham (capt), Harvey Poad, Owen Barnes, Spencer Whatley, Zak Newton-Jenkins, Oscar Crichton

Tintagel at Callington 3: Sam Abbott (wkt), Tom Parsons, Jordan Burnard, Ryan Pooley (capt), Alek Gill, Martin Seldon, Adrian Pooley, Ben Jarram, Matt Pethick, James Ellis, Ollie Beaumont.

South Petherwin have enjoyed an excellent season since promotion and can all but guarantee fourth when they welcome St Austell Seconds.

St Austell sit two points behind but a home win will put them in pole position ahead of their final day trip to St Blazey.

South Petherwin v St Austell 2: Mike Bolt, Adrian Warne, Andrew Brenton, Adam Warne, Paul Clements, Sam Pengelly, Phil Pridham (capt), Adrian Clements, Kevin Horrell, Mike Townsend (wkt), Andrew Yelland.

Division Three East to Division Six East

ST MINVER have sewn up the Division Three East title with two games to spare and visit a Werrington Thirds side in desperate need of a victory to retain their status.

Werrington have won their last five games to give themselves a chance but are likely to need to make that seven to survive.

Elsewhere in the division, Launceston will look to deny St Austell Thirds the runners-up spot when they meet at Lawhitton, while Luckett visit Newquay Seconds.

Launceston Seconds can’t go up from Division Four East with the first team in mid-table in the league above, but the leaders are right in the shake-up for the title.

They sit level on points with Pencarrow ahead of their trip to Buckland Monachorum, while Pencarrow welcome bottom side Bude who need to win both games to survive.

Liskeard are four points back and welcome Wadebridge Thirds while Saltash St Stephens, who have an outside chance despite being 11 points adrift, host South Petherwin Seconds who need to win to give themselves a chance of survival.

St Minver Seconds have ran away with the title in Division Five East and finish off their regular season with a home game against mid-table Werrington Fourths at Menefreda Way.

Tintagel Seconds had to concede last week due to injuries and holidays but will look to keep their fading promotion hopes alive when they welcome Foxhole to Butts Field.

They will hope Holsworthy Seconds, who are level on points with them, can beat St Stephen at Stanhope Park and that Boconnoc Seconds can pull off an unlikely success at Duloe.

Just one match remains in the Division Six East season with runners-up Gunnislake visiting Ladock Seconds.

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