New league structure for SCC in 2019
The Southern Counties O50s competition held its AGM on Sunday, November 4th at Marlborough CC. Cornwall were represented by Trevor Lee.
For 2018 there were two groups of six teams
For 2019 4 new teams are to be involved: Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Middlesex and Shropshire
At the AGM a vote took place on whether to run two groups of eight teams playing either home or away in the same format as the ECB group competition or to have one group of six and two groups of five with matches played both home and away.
The majority of those counties present voted for three groups and it was decided that the make up of the three groups would be as follows:
Group 1: Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire
Group 2: Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Wales, Warwickshire and Worcestershire
Group 3: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Middlesex, Oxfordshire and Surrey
The knockout stages of the competition which have featured to date a semi-final and final will now start at the quarter-final stage with the top two teams in each group along with the two best third placed teams qualifying for the quarter-final draw which will not be seeded.
It was also agreed that the 8 teams that don’t make the quarter-finals of the main competition will be involved in an identical ‘Plate’ competition.
Group matches are likely to start week commencing May 6th
It was also agreed that group matches can only be called off due to weather. If a team cannot raise a side for the agreed match date they will concede the fixture and will be docked 20 points. For clarification if A is due to play B and B calls off because they can’t raise a team A gets 20 points and B gets -20 points. It was felt that there needed to be an incentive for teams not to concede matches.
There will be provision, as there currently is, for the rearrangement of matches which are postponed due to weather conditions.
The points structure for the group stages stays as is.
With the extended competition and a new final (the plate competition) it was unanimously agreed to increase the entry fee for all counties from £50 to £75. It is hoped that neutral umpires would be appointed for semi-finals, the cost of which would be borne by the teams participating.
Fixtures will be circulated to all teams in the near future.
The O50s 2018 AGM took place at St Erme on October 22nd :
Apologies were received from: Nigel Harrington, Steve Mitchell, Jim McKenna, Dave Lockett, Mark Whitefield, Adrian Warne, Mike Kent, Johnny Smeaden, Jamie Stevens.
Those present were: Jon Nance, Roy Strout, Trevor Lee, Phil Payne, Anton Luiten, Ian Bishop, Chris Gill, Paul Clements, Paul Higgins, Stuart Ellis, Pete Anstey, Pete West, Simon Hamilton, Mike Rodwell, Mark Southcott, Andrew Ellacott, Mike Blake, Mark Trudgeon, Chris Dennis.
Review of 2018:
31 players represented Cornwall at O50 level in either the ECB or SCC competitions.
The ECB team reached the quarter final stage – losing to eventual champions Yorkshire. The SCC team in their second season weren’t quite as successful as in 2017. The friendlies team saw 37 players play 9 matches.
Thanks were offered to all those involved including Roy and Nigel for umpiring and Chris and Michelle for scoring and all the grounds who hosted matches – Bude, Grampound Road, Pencarrow, Boconnoc, Launceston, Tideford and Truro.
A small financial surplus was achieved.
Plans for 2019:
Teams will be entered into the ECB and SCC competitions and into the O60s competition.
Match Fees are to remain at £10
Membership Fee to remain at £10. Only those who have paid the membership will be considered for matches.
Fees for scorers and umpires to stay at £30
Tea fee paid to clubs to be £50
The fuel payments policy agreed in 2017 remains unchanged.
Indoor Nets will be held on Sunday March 3rd and Sunday March 17th between 7pm and 9pm.
A trial match will be held on Sunday April 28th
Sponsorship will be sought to help cover the various fees
The county kit deal with Gray Nichols means a number of O50s items are available to purchase via:
Playing shirts are to be added to this
We have some stock of clothing available including floppy hats, caps, the odd sweater and jacket.
Captains and Officials 2018
Anton Luiten stood down as SCC captain.
Mark Southcott was elected as the SCC captain for 2019.
Stuart Ellis stood down as SCC team manager
Simon Hamilton was elected as the SCC team manager for 2019.
Phil Payne stood down as sponsorship manager.
Pete West, with help from Pete Anstey, was elected as the sponsorship manager for 2018.
Stuart Ellis will lead the charge for the O60s
All other positions were re-elected:
ECB team manager : Ian Bishop
ECB captain : Paul Clements
Friendlies manager : Paul Higgins
Finance : Jon & Jackie Nance
Chair : Trevor Lee
County Club Rep : Trevor Lee
Meeting closed around 7.54pm
O50s Management team 2019:
|ECB Manager||Ian Bishopfirstname.lastname@example.org||07964 975976|
|ECB Captain||Paul Clementsemail@example.com||07530 560681|
|SCC Manager||Simon Hamiltonfirstname.lastname@example.org||07886 271608|
|SCC Captain||Mark Southcottemail@example.com||07815 909546|
|O60s||Stuart Ellisfirstname.lastname@example.org||01208 73230|
|Friendlies Manager||Paul Higginsemail@example.com||07792 328058|
|Sponsorship||Pete Westfirstname.lastname@example.org||07712 895127|
|Finance||Jon Nanceemail@example.com||07807 332648|
|Chair||Trevor Leefirstname.lastname@example.org||07785 390717|
Indoor Nets 2019:
Sundays : March 3rd and 17th 7pm to 9pm Cornwall Cricket Centre
Trial Match 2019:
Sunday April 28th – venue to be confirmed
New Stats Page:
Our stats now have their own page Click here to reach it or from the home page of the Cornwall cricket website simply follow this:
ECB team beaten by Yorkshire:
Champions Yorkshire were too strong for our ECB team who were beaten in the quarter finals for the second successive year. Yorkshire’s opening partnership of 160 and then an unbeaten 85 for the 4th wicket took them to 263/3. In reply only Jon Nance, Trevor Lee and top scorer Ian Bishop got past 20 as Cornwall were all out for 157.
Overall though another good year and when the O50s rankings are published at the end of the season Cornwall will be in the top 6 (out of 40) and may have moved up as high as 4th.
Many thanks to our key sponsors for 2018:
2018 : ECB regional group runners-up and national quarter-finalists.
2017 : ECB regional group winners and national quarter-finalists. SCC West group winners and competition semi-finalists.
2015 : ECB regional group winners and national semi-finalists.
2014: ECB regional group qualifiers and national last 16.
If you are keen to be involved contact one of our management team – details below. O50’s cricket is competitive and sociable with lots of inter-team banter! You will enjoy it!
ECB team into last 8:
The ECB team reached the quarter-finals for the 3rd time in 4 years to cement their position as the leading team in the South West group. A superb 120 from Callington’s Andrew Jones was the highlight of a 47 run win over Oxfordshire – details here
Watch Andrew Jones go to his 100:
SCC team finish season with a win over Dorset – details here
The SCC team have finished 2018 with 4 wins in 10 games. Skipper Anton Luiten currently tops the scoring charts across the entire SCC competition with 546 runs at an average of 68. Simon Hamilton is 5th on 407 runs. 20 players took the field.
ECB team into national knockout stages. A comfortable win in a ‘winner takes all’ game against Wiltshire has put Cornwall into the last 16 of the ECB competition for the 4th time in 5 years. The team now play Oxfordshire at Grampound Road on Sunday July 29th 1pm start.
Steve Mitchell took 4 wickets in the Wiltshire game to become Cornwall’s leading wicket taker in the ECB 50+ championship with 60 wickets ahead of Dave Dunnett on 56.
Jim McKenna’s 42 takes him to 1843 runs. He needs 65 more to become Cornwall’s leading all time run scorer ahead of Nigel Cock who scored 1907 in 62 games. Jim’s runs have come in just 40 matches.
Jon Nance’s unbeaten 71 was his 10th score of 50 or more in 40 games and takes him to 1394 runs – Jon needs 49 more to move ahead of Neil Harvey in 4th in the all time list
Mike Blake Testimonial
A very mixed O50s team successfully chased down 172 to beat a Boconnoc X1 in a 36 over match played in glorious conditions at Deer Park. Peter Nance and Trevor Lee both made 40 retired for the O50s X1 putting on 87 in just 10 overs at the start of the innings.
Trial Match 2018
Sunday April 29th – A close game but for the third year running the West were victorious this time by 12 runs. Jon Nance top scored on the day with 70 for the East who were chasing 153 to win in 40 overs
Paul Clements completes golf double
Following his success in the bi-annual Isle of Wight crazy golf championship Paul Clements battled the elements at Newquay to capture the Cornwall O50s 2017 golf championship with a highly impressive 39 points. Thanks to Steve Mitchell and Ian Bishop for organising the golf and the dinner afterwards which around 35 players and guests enjoyed.
Clemo receiving the IOW trophy from Roy Strout and the end of season trophy from Steve Mitchell
SCC beaten by Oxfordshire in SCC semi-final
The fabulous first season our Southern Counties Championship team have enjoyed came to an end when they were beaten by reigning champions Oxfordshire. Batting first Cornwall were dismissed for 79 with only Mike Blake (26) getting into double figures. In reply the home side lost a single wicket, reaching their target in the 21st over.
ECB beaten by Sussex
The ECB team’s season ended with a 5 wicket defeat to Sussex. After losing early wickets Jim McKenna and Andrew Snowdon added 147 for the 4th wicket. McKenna made 109, his 2nd century of the season and his 4th in all taking him to 1633 career runs at this level in just 35 games. 2018 should see Jim become Cornwall’s leading all time O50 run scorer overtaking Nigel Cock’s 1907 runs made in 62 matches. Snowdon made his maiden 50 before falling for 55. Paul Clements smashed 24 off 14 balls as Cornwall finished on 227 for 6.
A wicket in the first over gave Cornwall real encouragement but after Robinson was spilled on 0 he and Sharma added 128 as the latter made a fluent 60. Robinson was run out for 98 but by then Sussex were within 10 of victory.
A good season for the ECB team who will be disappointed not to have made it further but winning a group from which Hampshire and Somerset failed to qualify is no mean achievement
ECB team beat Wales – next up Sussex in the quarter finals – Sunday August 13th
Cornwall reached the quarter finals of the ECB 50+ competition for the second time in three years with a 23 run win over Wales in a low scoring game at Truro. After being put in Cornwall lost Jon Nance and Alan Shears but Jim McKenna continued his fine form before being caught at point for 39. A mix up between Callington team mates Andrew Jones and Andrew Snowdon saw the skipper run out to leave Cornwall 93 for 4. Snowdon and Trevor Lee steadied the innings with a partnership of 45, the highest of the match, before a late flurry from Paul Clements took Cornwall to 173 for 9.
In reply Wales started well and at 67 for 1 were in good shape. Enter into the attack Stuart Renshaw back in the team for the first time since the 2015 semi-final. A wicket first ball and 3 more in a spell of 4-22 reduced Wales to 108 for 6. Steve Mitchell (3-35) and Dennis Brown (2-35) took over and Wales were bowled out for 150. Another great all round team effort with some fine catches from Brown, Jones and Shears.
SCC beat Devon by 17 runs to qualify for semi-finals
The SCC side completed their group matches with a narrow win over Devon to guarantee a top two spot and therefore a place in the semi-finals where they are likely to travel to take on last years winners Oxfordshire at the end of August.
Cornwall made 192 for 8 with Mike Blake top scoring with 87 and Andrew Ellacott providing a late flurry with 26 not out. In reply the Cornwall bowling and fielding was again outstanding as Devon struggled to keep up with the rate and finished 17 runs short. The wickets were shared around with Dave Craddock (1-20) and Andrew Ellacott (1-24) both from 9 overs the pick of the attack.
ECB team clinch regional group title
A 5 wicket win over Devon at Truro means a second ever regional ECB group title for Cornwall. A superb bowling and fielding performance saw Devon restricted to 165 for 8 in the top of the table group decider. After losing early wickets skipper Andrew Jones and all rounder Phil Payne saw Cornwall home. Details here
SCC head towards semi-finals
The SCC team moved one step closer to the semi finals with a decisive 116 run win over Somerset at Pencarrow. Skipper Anton Luiten celebrated his 50th match in Cornwall O50s colours with his 2nd century of the season whilst the team’s ‘youngster’ Boconnoc’s Mike Blake registered his first O50 ton – even though he’s only 49. (Two 49 year olds are permitted per side in an SCC match). The win sets up what looks like a group decider against Gloucestershire at Boconnoc. The group winners will have a home tie in the end of August semi-final against the runners up of the East group. Scorecard here
Mike Blake reaches 100 v Somerset
Anton Luiten reaches 100 v Somerset
Jim McKenna breaks Cornwall O50s record
Jim McKenna scored 152 not out in the ECB’s team 116 run win over the Channel Islands at Grampound Road. McKenna’s innings eclipsed the 145 not out of Vic Voyzey v the Isle of Wight in 2000 at Luckett. Ironically the Cornwall team score that day was 279/3 and in the match at Grampound it was 279/4. Steve Mitchell took Cornwall’s first ‘5 for’ in 2 years with Paul Clements taking 3 wickets and Phil Payne 2.
Jim McKenna breaks Vic Voyzey’s record score for Cornwall O50s
Full scorecard here
The ECB and SCC teams sporting their new shirts and trousers.
An unbeaten stand of 38 for the 10th wicket between Phil Payne and Dennis Brown made it 4 wins on the trot for the ECB side as they chased down 178 with 3 balls to spare. The stand was a 10th wicket record for Cornwall O50s in a successful run chase. Brown earlier took 4 wickets and with 3 for Steve Mitchell and 2 for Ian Bishop along with 2 smart debut catches at slip from Andrew Snowden Cornwall restricted the hosts to 178. After an aggressive opening, particularly from Jim McKenna, Cornwall lost wickets at regular intervals with only Jon Nance (45) making a significant contribution. At 141 for 9 the game looked up but the last pair survived a chance or two and picked off the 1’s and 2’s. A wide that went for 4 helped as the target became 19 off 3 overs. Two more wides at the end of the 44th over reduced the target to 2 off the last over and Brown clipped the ball behind square to clinch the match. Scorecard here
The SCC side remain top of the Southern Counties West division after completing the double over Wales. Chasing 226 skipper Anton Luiten made a superb unbeaten 114 although the match ended nervously as with 1 to win from 12 balls Wales produced 11 dot balls before Mike Rodwell inside edged the last ball to win the match!
Full scorecard here
The SCC team racked up the highest score for Cornwall at O50 level ever when they raced to 342 for 5 v Devon at Bude. Mike Kent (125) and Adrian Warne (136no) became the first Cornwall players to score centuries in the same match. They also set the second highest partnership for Cornwall O50s their 224 for the 4th wicket not quite eclipsing the 231 for the 2nd wicket put on by Vic Voyzey and M.Richards v the Isle of Wight at Tintagel in June 2002. All rounder Mark Southcott finished the innings with a 6 onto the pavilion roof. Devon were all out in the last over for 226 with Johnny Smeaden picking up 3 wickets. Match details here
The moment Mike Kent becomes the first Cornwall player to a 100 in an SCC match…..before 20 minutes later Adrian Warne becomes the second…
Mike Kent reaches 100 v Devon
Adrian Warne reaches 100 v Devon
SCC team sporting the new shirts
Adrian Warne and Mike Kent after their epic partnership
Shirt Sponsor Anton Luiten with O50s Commercial Manager Phil Payne
After the disappointment of having their match v Isle of Wight conceded the ECB team produced a memorable comeback to beat highly fancied Hampshire by 19 runs at Hursley Park. Cornwall got off to a great start as Jim McKenna (79) and Alan Shears (75) got them to 167 for 1 but then wickets fell at regular intervals before John Dobson and Dennis Brown added 26 for the 9th wicket to steer Cornwall to 243.
Ian Bishop removed the dangerous Colin Day for 0 but Hampshire were well placed at 205 for 4 before 2 wickets fell in 2 balls – including skipper Wheeler yorked by Paul Clements for 90. The last 6 wickets fell for 19 runs as Cornwall for the second match running bowled themselves to victory when defeat looked inevitable. Clements, Phil Payne and Dennis Brown all took 2 wickets with John Dobson also in the wickets.
Full scorecard here
We are excited to announce new sponsors for 2017 : Tregenna Castle, County Electrical Supplies , Anton Luiten Groundworks, and Horizon Plastics. Both teams will be sporting smart new shirts, trousers and polo shirts thanks to these sponsors.
Horizon Plastics, suppliers of windows, doors, bathroom panels, roofing and other materials for your DIY or building project from their stores in Bodmin and Launceston will continue their sponsorship of team jackets.
A great win for the SCC team over Somerset at North Curry by 86 runs. After being put in and losing Mike Kent for 10 Simon Hamilton (59) Anton Luiten (23) Adrian Warne (80) and Andy Bonnett (34) led the charge as Cornwall racked up 262 for 8 in 45 overs.
In reply Somerset reached 66 without loss but the introduction of Mark Southcott saw him dismiss both openers, force a run out and remove Griffiths at number 4 to leave the hosts 81 for 4. They briefly recovered but 2 wickets for Johnny Smeaden and 1 for Mike Kent tied the game up as Somerset finished on 176 for 7. Match details here
With two late changes to the team Cornwall beat a strong Dorset team by 4 runs successfully defending a total of just 141. Batting first Cornwall got off to a solid start before Trevor Lee mistimed a drive in the 10th over. The dismissals of Jon Nance and Andrew Jones left Cornwall 36 for 3. Late call up Mike Kent and inform Alan Shears added 42 but Shears was bowled for 30 and when Kent was souped for 29 at 114 the last 5 wickets fell for 27 runs. Former Essex star and captain Paul Pritchard scored 156* in his last ECB game but he lasted just 7 balls hereafter being deceived by a Dennis Brown slower gal and popping an easy catch to Paul Clements. When the dangerous Ian Paulley hit Brown to Kent at deep mid on Dorset were 3o for 3. At 70 for 5 the game was finely balanced but Dorset opener Jim Ryall was playing the innings of the match and patiently nudging Dorset towards their target. The score progressed to 114 for 5 but then the returning Brown struck and a superb direct hit run out by Kent left Dorset on 123 for 7. The match turned when Phil Payne finally forced a Ryall error. 127 for 8. Another wicket for Payne with just 5 run needed and a fine catch from McKenna sealed a fantastic Cornwall win with just 8 balls remaining. Scorecard here
A superb 2nd win in 3 matches for the SCC team against a previously unbeaten Gloucestershire team. After losing Mark Trudgeon and Mike Kent early a typically belligerent 50 from Simon Hamilton and a patient 73 from returning skipper Anton Luiten and a highly useful 38 not out from Phil Payne saw Cornwall reach 218 for 7. The Gloucs batsman though couldn’t make any progress against the Cornwall attack with all six bowlers used giving nothing away. Dave Craddock playing his first Cornwall game for 2 years, Phil Payne with 2 for 17 from 9 overs, Mike Rodwell with 2 for 23, Mike Kent with 3 wickets, along with fine spells from Johnny Smeaden and Mark Southcott kept the hosts behind the clock and they eventually finished on 151 for 7. Scorecard here
Jon Nance went past 1000 ECB runs during the Somerset match. He becomes the 8th Cornwall player to do so the others being : Stuart Holt, Vic Voyzey, Nigel Cock, Nigel Sanders, Anton Luiten, Jim McKenna and Trevor Lee.
On a good track at Taunton Deane Somerset beat Cornwall by 62 runs. The hosts got off to a good start and at 155 for 1 looked set for a score of around 300 but three wickets from Steve Mitchell pegged the rate before a late flurry got Somerset to 266. After an opening partnership of 31 Cornwall were well set at 100 for 1 but the dismissals of Jon Nance for 45 and Rob Hawken for 1 were a blow. Alan Shears passed 50 but Cornwall couldn’t find the 60-70 run partnership needed. Shears missed out on a deserved 100 when caught at short third man for 98. The Cornwall tail was mopped up quickly with the last 4 wickets falling for 8 runs. Match scorecard here
The SCC team lost by 6 wickets with 3 overs remaining to a highly experienced Dorset team. Simon Hamilton with a brisk 49, Mike Kent 63 and Phil Payne 24* steered Cornwall to 235 for 8. In reply Dorset made 238 for 4 with Steve Mitchell taking 3 for 31. Full details here.
The next SCC match is v Gloucestershire at Shirehampton on Wednesday May 31st
Southern Counties team off to winning start
Cornwall began their first ever season in the Southern Counties Championship with a memorable six run win over a Wales team that had featured in three of the last four finals at this level. Batting first Mike Blake and Mark Trudgeon added 81 the first wicket before Trudgeon fell 18. Blake went on to record a debut 50 but a middle order collapse saw four wickets go down for 19 to leave Cornwall on 100 for 4.
Stand in Captain Paul Clements made 38 but the final total of 186 for 7 did look as though it wouldn’t be sufficient, especially when the Welsh openers added a brisk 47. Phil Payne and Steve Mitchell both picked up wickets but it was the introduction of Andrew Ellicott into the attack taht started to turn the game as he picked up wickets with his first two balls.
With Mark Southgate keeping it very tight at the other end Wales stumbled to 121 for 6 leaving themselves needing 66 off the last eight overs. With four overs to go Wales needed 39. A wicket for Southcott and a run out two balls later Wales needed 38 of the last three which became 16 off the last over. When Smeaden took a tumbling catch 10 were needed off 2 balls. A couple and a single saw Cornwall victorious by 6 runs.
Full scorecard here
Trial Match 2017: West win by 5 runs
The West maintained there 100% win record in this annual O50’s trial match with a narrow 5 run victory over the East at Grampound Road.
On a glorious day West skipper Trevor Lee won the toss and batted first, a decision that backfired immediately as Jim McKenna was caught behind off the first ball of the match from O50 new boy Launceston’s Pete West.
Lee took the attack to the opposition with 28 off 25 balls but after he fell with the score on 32 Mike Kent and Simon Hamilton followed soon after to leave the West 47 for 4 which became 68 for 5 with the departure of Phil Payne. Perranporth’s Johnny Smeaden and Porthleven’s Andy Bonnett (20) added a highly valuable 54 and after Smeaden fell for 50 John Dobson (12) and Ian Bishop (15*) steered the West to 164 for 8.
West took 2-33, Mark Southcott 3-35, Steve Mitchell 1-7 from 7 overs, and Adrian Warne 2-41.
In reply after 8 came from Dobson’s first over he and Bishop put the brakes on as Jon Nance and Chris Marsh reached 15 before Marsh fell for 1 in the 8th over after Mike Rodwell came into the attack. After reaching 47 for 1 the East then lost 3 quick wickets (Nance, Mark Trudgeon and Warne) to Rodwell and Payne. Robbie Hawken and Andrew Jones batted the East back into the match but when Jones fell for 16 at 91 quickly followed by Paul Higgins it was down to Mitchell and Hawken with 74 needed off 16 overs.
When Hawken pulled Kent to Dobson at deep square the score became 125 for 7. Some enterprising running between Mitchell and Dennis Brown left the East needing 18 off the last over. Both fell leaving Southcott and West both on 2 not out and the East 6 short of victory. Rodwell and Payne both took 3-23 from 9 overs.
Special mention to the West’s Paul Dawkins who excelled in the field making several superb stops and coming within a whisker of taking what would have been an early contender for catch of the season.
A competitive match which introduced several new players to O50’s cricket.
Anita George, Chair of the Cornwall Cricket Board and Secretary of the Cornwall County Cricket Club, welcomed everyone to the meeting and confirmed that Geoff Husband would be stepping down from the county club committee in his role as O50’s organiser / secretary at the County Club AGM in March 2017.
Apologies were received from: Geoff Husband, Stuart Ellis, Adrain Warne, Steve Mitchell, Stuart Renshaw, Andrew Ellacott, Steve Jenkin, Mark Southcott, Danny Gilman, Jim McKenna, John Dobson and Dennis Brown.
Those present were: Anita George, Jon Nance, Andy Bonnett, Roy Strout, Trevor Lee, Phil Payne, Mike Kent, Anton Luiten, Ian Bishop, Chris Gill, Paul Clements, Paul Higgins, Dave Dunnett, Andrew Jones and Chris Dennis.
Anita asked for nominations for chair. Trevor Lee was nominated by Jon Nance and seconded by Ian Bishop. Trevor was duly elected.
Anita then left the meeting handing over the chair to Trevor.
The following positions were then elected:
Treasurer: Jon Nance was nominated by Chris Gill and seconded by Paul Clements and duly elected.
ECB Championship Manager: Ian Bishop was nominated by Trevor Lee and seconded by Jon Nance and duly elected.
SCC Championship Manager: Stuart Ellis was nominated by Trevor Lee and seconded by Andrew Jones and duly elected.
Friendlies Manager: Geoff Husband was nominated by Anton Luiten and seconded by Paul Higgins and duly elected.
Sponsorship & Kit Manager : Phil Payne was nominated by Jon Nance and seconded by Chris Gill and duly elected.
Communications Manager: This position was to coordinate all communication, manage the O50s part of the Cornwall cricket website, create press reports and liaise with Michael Weeks. It was decided not to appoint anyone at this stage to this position but for the Chair as well as the three newly elected team managers to between them manage all communications.
The agenda had a proposal that the captains be elected by the new committee. After much discussion it was decided to reject that proposal and instead for those present at the meeting to elect the captains. Going forward captains will be elected on an annual basis at the equivalent meeting each year, which from 2017 will be known as the Cornwall O50’s AGM.
The following captaincy appointments were made:
ECB Captain: Andrew Jones
SCC Captain: Anton Luiten
That concluded the election of the committee.
The Chair outlined the Southern Counties Championship (SCC) which Cornwall are entering for the first time in 2017.
Cornwall will play in the West division alongside Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Gloucestershire and Wales. The divisional games are played between May 8th and August 18th. Each county play each other home and away. The SCC produce a fixture list based on w/c dates. It is up to the two counties to then agree the day of the week the match will be played.
The top two teams qualify for the semi finals against the top two teams from the East division which comprises Wiltshire, Hampshire, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire.
The tournament uses the same rule structure as the ECB competition with 3 exceptions:
Each side can field 2 players aged 49 on the day of the match.
Batting and Bowling bonus points are to be introduced in 2017.
Once a player has played 3 ECB matches they become ineligible for SCC matches – unless in exceptional circumstances and then by prior agreement with the opposition captain.
It was emphasised to those present that we need to continually seek out new players who should be made known to the various captains and managers, particularly those aged 49 who would be able to play in the SCC.
Indoor nets are booked at the Cornwall Cricket Centre for Sunday March 5th and Sunday March 19th between 7pm and 9pm.
A Practice / Trial match may be held on Monday May 1st depending on the league fixtures.
Hampshire are looking to bring their SCC side to Devon and Cornwall the last weekend in April for pre-season matches. This could be played on Sunday April 30th.
Chris Gill will be looking to introduce Total Cricket Scorer (or its equivalent) so that ball by ball updates from ECB and SCC matches can be viewed online in real time.
In terms of fees the meeting voted to maintain championship match fees at £10 and to offer sponsored kit to championship players at £10 per item. Horizon Plastics kindly agreed to continue sponsoring the lightweight jackets which will be available to players for £10.
Players were encouraged to join the County club (£15 in 2016) to benefit from the playing insurance that brings, along with free entry to county games.
There was a proposal (in line with the way other county O50s teams operate) to have a membership fee of £10. This was voted through with the proviso that any player not wishing to pay the membership fee would not be selected for championship matches. It is hoped that those who play in the friendlies, who are supporters, and who are officials will want to take up the membership, the income from which will help cover the additional costs of running two championship sides in 2017.
There will be a fundraising drive led by the new sponsorship manager to help cover the costs of the season ahead and also to enable a new set of shirts with the new county logo to be produced. These shirts will be the same for both the ECB and the SCC teams so any player toggling between the two teams can wear the same shirt.
We will also be seeking sponsors from as little as £25 to cover the costs of match balls, teas, umpires and scorers.
Sponsors will receive coverage on social media and on the Cornwall Cricket website.
It was unanimously agreed that there should be plenty of recognition at the appropriate time for the massive contribution that Geoff Husband has made to Cornwall O50s cricket for many, many years. All those present wished to express their grateful thanks to Geoff.
The next general meeting will be in the format of an AGM and is likely to be in November 2017.
It was agreed that all positions, including those of captains, would be re-elected at that meeting.
The meeting closed at 8:58 PM