2018 Season Preview Player Transfers
There will be a new addition to scoreboards in this year’s LWC Drinks ECB Cornwall Premier League. With Duckworth Lewis being used for the first time the D/L Par score will be displayed at the end of each over in the second innings If play is abandoned after 20 overs of the second innings one more run than the par score will be required to win the game. Delays in the first innings will result in a recalculation for the second innings target. It has been a difficult winter with Helston being replaced by Callington in late February and Hayle dropping out less than a month before the start of the season. Added to that the wet winter has seen the season in the top flight delayed by a week. Following the promotions of Wadebridge and Camborne, eleven teams will compete.
Professional Tom Sharp has been replaced by Faiz Fazal, a 32-year-old Indian all-rounder who played for Ainsdale in the Liverpool Premier League last year. He played a one day international for India against Zimbabwe in 2016 and has scored almost 7,000 first-class runs in 99 appearances, in addition to 130 List A and T20 games. Other new faces at Boscawen Park are Josh Sharpe from Grampound Road and the Hayle pairing of Steve Richards and Giles Lawrence. Nick Salter has moved to the area from Hampshire. Scott Harvey captains again.
Ross Pawson, an Australian pace all-rounder, is the overseas player at Cape Road. Dan Lello has moved from Hayle and Kameron Collins has joined from Penzance. Gareth May skippers again with the rest of last year’s squad all available. Mark George is the vice-captain.
Dylan Blignaut is an EU Passport holder and is also the overseas professional. He warmed up at the weekend with an undefeated century in a friendly against Falmouth. Tommy Sturgess has joined from Helston and Christian Purchase has transferred to Redruth. Greg Smith is the captain.
Ben Millar is a kiwi living in Cornwall who moves from Menheniot Looe. Andrew Brenton is from neighbouring Luckett and ECB Coach Gavin Armstrong was at Grampound Road, having progressed in his youth through the Somerset age groups to the second eleven and Minor Counties for Cumberland. Aidan Libby continues as captain.
It’s been a busy winter in trying to improve resources on and off the field in order to sustainably adjust top-flight cricket, which returns to Egloshayle Park for the first time since 1996. New to the squad are Sam Naughton from Scothern (Lincs), Ryan Pooley and Callum Wilson from St Minver. James Turpin returns from Werrington and Ruben Turner joins from Lanhydrock. Cal Morse is not returning from Tasmania. Charlie Ellis remains in charge.
The captain will again be Jamie Stephens, who is in Devon’s T20 squad. Their overseas player is 26-year-old South African Grant Stone, a left arm spinning all-rounder. Young 16-year-old seamer Louis Rudin has joined from Perranporth. Callum Turner is a top-order batsman from RGS Worcester and Mike Hernandez an opening bowler, both studying at the University. Ollie Paull, an all-rounder, has joined from Penzance. Wicketkeeper-batsman Callum Whittaker and Duncan Ayres are not available from last year.
It’s pretty much as you were at Roskear who will rely much on the side that won them promotion. They will, however, be without overseas player Sage Masher but James Rowe has returned from Helston. Liam Weeks continues to captain the club.
Former player Christian Purchase returns to Trewirgie as the club professional from Penzance. Ryan Tonkin’s transfer to Helston has been reversed. Peter Howells captains the team again.
Charlie Hoskings has returned from Penzance. In addition to Josh Sharpe, Jake Preston has moved back to St Gluvias and Jack Mingo to Roche with Curtis Dalby joining St Austell.
An overseas player is yet to be announced. Alex Ridd in the new captain.
Paul Smith takes over the captaincy with Nick Lawson his deputy. The overseas player is Jonathan Baldock who is a 24-year-old right-hand batsman and ‘fast’ bowler. James Turpin, who was one of six players that played for Cornwall last year, returns to Wadebridge.
There are changes at Wheal Eliza with Kyle Van Rooyen moving to County 1 side St Erme and Andrew Fairman is also leaving. On the way in are Callum and Conway Gilbert from Gorran, Curtis Dalby from Grampound Road and 17-year-old Matt Lello from Hayle. Gary Bone remains the captain.
Beacon return to County Division One and have been strengthened by the signing of twins Ben and Sam James from Praze. Ben is a left hander opener and leg spinner while Sam bowls medium pace and bats in the middle order. Craig Thomas remains as captain.
Lanhydrock have gained Jamie Eldridge (St Neot), Jason King (Australian -UK Passport) and James Starkie (St Blazey). Last year’s overseas player De Wet Swart will not be featuring and Ruben Turner has transferred to Wadebridge. Chris Rogers is the skipper again.
Newquay welcome back wicketkeeper-batsman Lachlan Brace. Alex Stephen has moved to the area and will provide depth to the 1st XI squad. Jack Howarth hopes to continue his rapid rise to become a 1st XI regular and pivotal all-rounder.
St Erme feature at this level for the first time and have signed experienced former Truro and St Austell all-rounder Kyle Van Rooyen. The team will again rely largely on the young players that have grown up at the club and will hope that Callum Edgcombe, Josh Moses, Sam Townsend, Spencer Wilcock and Jordan Wilkinson will thrive in the new environment. They have lost Andrew Grant to Gorran.
Helston return to County 1 after losing skipper Dan Jenkin and Gavin Tregenza. They have both returned to Troon. Tommy Sturgess has joined Penzance, Overseas player Eben Koekemoer has recently re-signed for another season at Beacon Parc. Steve Wiseman has joined from Hayle.
Troon will have to wait until mid-season for Lewis Goldsworthy’s return from Millfield. He will be playing Premier cricket for Taunton St Andrews in the meantime. Michael Harding has joined from Newquay plus Grant Rowe and Damian Lynes from Praze. Ryan Pascoe, Shane and Nick Richards have departed.
Rosudgeon has South African Aaron Paul who has played for Exmouth and in Scotland. Callum Courtney returns after a season at Ludgvan.
Roche has made some gains with Oli Sleeman (Pencarrow), Clyde Connellan (St Minver), David Neville (Falmouth) and Jack Mingo (Grampound Road) all joining the ranks. Jon Chaffin and Alex Pearce have moved to Veryan however.
Promoted Launceston look to have a similar squad with no ins or outs reported to date.
Andrew Grant has returned from St Erme to Gorran but Callum and Conway Gilbert plus Tom Rosevear are moving to St Austell.
Newly promoted Redruth seconds and Werrington seconds make up the division. Craig Williams and Mark Jenkin will lead the ‘Red’s while Mark Hodgson continues in charge at Ladycross.
The 2018 Cornwall Cricket Yearbook has been published. ‘Cricket in Cornwall 2018’ provides the usual comprehensive annual review of Cornish Cricket from the County Club and Cornwall League to Women & Girls and Youth cricket including reports and photographs on the County’s representative teams. The 168 pages include a 16 page section of colour photographs.
There is the usual full Cornish Cricket fixtures guide. Please send a cheque for £6.00 (includes p/p), payable to ‘ Cornwall Cricket Board Ltd’. Send to CCB Yearbook, 9 Moor Street, Camborne TR14 8HN.