Young sixteen-year-old St Just bowler Archie Pascoe produced a sensational spell for the Cornwall Choughs (Development XI) against Devon Lions at Callington on Sunday. Devon were 110-3 when Archie came on to bowl the 16th over in a T20 game. He caused mayhem to end with figures of three overs, seven for 11 with all seven wickets being catches. Devon were all out for 135 off the last ball of the 20 overs but went on to win the game by 12 runs. Scorecard
Archie has come through the Cornwall Schools’ system and gone on their overseas tours to South Africa and the West Indies. He was recently in the Truro College team that retained a National Sixes title at Trent Bridge, Archie’s dad is Andrew, who captains St Just 4ths and is the Club Welfare Officer. Club Secretary David May said, “Archie has performed very well in the firsts this season having moved up from the seconds, he is a lovely lad, very willing to listen and learn.”
Archie’s grandfather reckons “he is thriving in the excellent environment in the firsts”. His grandfather knows a thing or two about fast bowling as it is none other than former Penzance and Cornwall legend Mike Trenwith, brother of Graham and son of Ossie, all three opened the bowling for Cornwall.
In 81 championship matches for the County between 1966 and 1983, Mike took 203 wickets with his away swingers– ninth on the all-time county list. Curiously he apparently holds a record of his first 33 games all being outside of the county. His most memorable day was against Wiltshire at Camborne in 1979 when his figures were 32-9-52-9. Only ever bettered by Frank Whiting’s 10-26 at Trowbridge in 1921, Dave Halfyard’s 10-29 at Penzance in 1974 and Archie Smith’s 9-49, also at Penzance, in 1953.
Young Archie has something to live up to but is already certainly making his mark.