Cornwall’s Championship season was mixed with a win, 2 draws and 3 defeats with fortunes fluctuating depending on which side of the River Tamar games were played. On the road we were saved by rain at Berkshire when the last couple of hours were washed out with us effectively 28-6 in our second innings. A deficit of 194 on the first innings at Cheshire decided matters and a ten wicket defeat followed mid way through the final afternoon. It was similar in the climax at Dorset where we were unable to make up the 192 runs on first innings and lost by an innings and 4 runs.
Before that the three home games were in contrast. After parity in the first innings Wales MC were shot out for just 61 at Truro and we secured a 7 wicket win on the second morning. The decision not to enforce the follow on at St Austell, with a lead of 226 over Shropshire, cost dear. Eventually set 455 the visitors were 167-7 when thundery rain ended play after 90 minutes of the third morning. The return, after 16 years, to Penzance provided a memorable game against Herefordshire. Tom Rowe’s 188 came within two blows of recording the highest ever individual score but Herefordshire fought back from an 87 run first innings deficit to win by two wickets, with a session to spare.
In the Trophy, for the first time, we lost all 4 group games. After losing a thriller by 1 run at Oxfordshire, after being set 249, it all went downhill with defeats by Dorset (37 runs), Berkshire (4 wickets) and Devon (93 runs).
There is a new format for 2018.
The Unicorns KO Cup reverts to a straight knock . Cornwall are away to Dorset at North Perrott on Sunday 29 April.
There are four group days in a new T20 competition against Devon, Wales, Dorset and Wiltshire with the winners going forward to a finals day on August Bank Holiday Sunday. Two matches will be played against the same opponent on each match day.
The usual; 6 game three day Championship begins later than normal at the end of June with the final game being played in early September.
|DATE||Matches start at 11am, T20 timings tba||VENUE|
|29 April KO 1||Dorset v Cornwall||North Perrott|
|6 May T20||Cornwall v Devon (2 games)||Truro|
|7 May T20||Wales v Cornwall (2 games)||Newport|
|20 May KO 2||Match 7 Berks v Dorset/Cornwall||away|
|3 June T20||Cornwall v Dorset (2 games)||St Austell|
|10 June KO QF||Match X: Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 7||away|
|17 June T20||Wilts v Cornwall (2 games)||Calne|
|24-26 June||Hereford v Cornwall||Colwall|
|1 July KO SF||Winner Match X v Winner Match Z||home|
|8-10 July||Cornwall v Devon||Werrington|
|22-24 July||Cornwall v Wilts||St Austell|
|5-7 August||Cornwall v Cheshire||Truro|
|19-21 August||Oxfordshire v Cornwall||Banbury|
|26 August||T20 Finals Day (Reserve Day 27th)||Wormsley|
|29 August||Unicorns Trophy Final (Reserve Day 30th)||Wormsley|
|2-4 September||Wales MC v Cornwall||Usk|
|16-19 Sept||Unicorns Championship Final||Banbury|