After the high of reaching the national semi-finals in 2015, 2016 was a relatively disappointing season for the ECB side as they failed to qualify for the national knockout stages despite winning four of the seven group matches.
The season got off to the worst possible start with three defeats in the first three games losing by eight wickets to Somerset and then failing to defend 268 against Hampshire a total which included an unbeaten century from Jon Nance. This was followed by defeat to Devon at Exmouth where chasing 211 Cornwall collapsed from 109 for 1 to 156 all out with Nance making 63.
Jon Nance made his third successive score of 60+ with 64 against Wiltshire at Lanhydrock with Rob Hawken making his maiden 50 as Cornwall made 226 before bowling out the visitors for 156 with three wickets each for Hawken and Paul Clements. In a match reduced to 30 overs due to poor weather the Isle of Wight made 111 for 7 which Jon Nance (58no) and Jim McKenna (38no) knocked off in 14 overs as Cornwall sought to improve their run rate.
81 from McKenna and 83 from 68 balls from Andrew Jones saw Cornwall rack up 284 for 7 against Dorset at North Perrott in a must win game against the team that were at that stage top of the league. Despite 103 from former Essex star Paul Prichard, Dorset were all out for 261 with Ian Bishop taking 4-60. In the final game against the Channel Islands, a match which was played at Wellington School in Somerset, Cornwall made 277 for 7 with 50s for Jim McKenna, Alan Shears and Andrew Jones. Paul Clements took four wickets as the islanders reached 214 for 9.
At that stage there was still an outside chance of qualifying but results elsewhere meant Cornwall finished fifth in the league showing just how competitive it was in 2016. There were debuts for Rob Hawken, Adrian Warne, Mark Southcott, Phil Payne and Dennis Brown. Dave Dunnett announced his retirement from county cricket after the Devon game having played 40 matches and taken 56 wickets.
Jon Nance featured in the top 10 run scorers across the whole competition despite missing the final group match after being fogbound on the Scillies.
Jim McKenna, Anton Luiten and Trevor Lee passed 1000 championship runs during the season. Jon Nance’s excellent form took him to 957. Steve Mitchell went past 30 wickets at an average of just over 20.
4th successive win
Cornwall kept their faint hopes alive of qualifying for this year’s knockout stages with a vital win over the Channel Islands at Wellington School.
Batting first with showers in the air Cornwall fielded a new opening partnership of Alan Shears and Jim McKenna after regular opener Jon Nance was fogbound on the Scillies. The pairing worked adding 101, Cornwall’s 5th 100 opening partnership in the last 3 seasons. Shears made 50 for the first time in 2016, whilst McKenna made 55. Anton Luiten went for 19 at 137 before Andrew Jones and Trevor Lee added 54 in 8 overs, Jones falling to a superb catch for 55. After Lee went the South Petherwin pair of Adrian Warne (32) and Paul Clements (26) put on 53 and with Steve Mitchell making an elegant 22 not out off just 11 balls the innings closed on 277 with 79 coming from the last 7 overs.
John Dobson had Buxton dropped first ball in the gully but debutant Dennis Brown from St Minver struck in his first over removing the dangerous De Putron for 0. Steady batting took the Channel Islands to 180 for 4 before the recalled Paul Clements ramaged through the middle order taking 4 wickets in 19 balls to see Cornwall home. Brown took 2 for 34 and Steve Mitchell 2 for 53 with the out of luck Dobson conceding just 25 runs in 8 overs.
Yet again a few catches went down but McKenna did take a superb running catch to add to his magnificent cover fielding which has been one of the highlights of Cornwall’s season.
A good all round performance from Cornwall who now have to wait and see if they qualify. That will depend on a number of other results going there way. It will be a disappoint not to qualify and the team will reflect on not defending 268 v Hampshire and collapsing v Devon.
Cornwall O50’s cricket though is in good shape with 10 players making a championship debut in 2015 and 2016. The management are now considering a second team to play in the O50 county 2nd team championship. More on that soon.
Cornwall kept their faint hopes alive of qualifying for this year’s knockout stages with a vital win over Dorset at North Perrott. On a dampish wicket Cornwall were put into bat and made their intentions clear when Jim McKenna took 22 of the first two overs. He and Jon Nance added 64 before Nance fell for 23. When McKenna was out for 81 with the score 123, another substantial partnership was needed and this was delivered by Andrew Jones and Robbie Hawken. The pair added 113 in 16 overs before Jones fell for a superb 83 which included five big sixes. Skipper Lee then smashed 29 off 13 balls and when Hawken was out for 40 in the 43rd over it had set Cornwall up for a final score of 284 for 7.
In reply John Dobson struck in the first over but then two of the division’s best batsmen – Jim Ryall and Paul Pritchard – took the score to 130 before Ryall was brilliantly caught by Ian Bishop for 43. Pritchard went on to make a faultless hundred before he was bowled by Hawken with the score 175. A vital wicket. After that Dorset lost momentum and when Dobson returned to bowl Paulley for 50 the game swung back Cornwall’s way. Bishop picked up 4 wickets in 3 overs and Dorset were all out for 261.
Cornwall now need to beat the Channel Islands on July 10th to keep their qualification hopes alive.
In a match reduced to 30 overs Cornwall comfortably beat an understrength Isle of Wight at Grampound Road by 10 wickets. The visitors were restricted to 111 for 7 with Phil Payne taking 2 for 7 in his 6 overs as he became the third debutant for Cornwall in 2016. There were 2 wickets also for Steve Mitchell and Mark Southcott. Jim McKenna (38*) and Jon Nance (58*) didn’t hang around as Cornwall sort to boost their net run rate and knocked the runs off in 14.3 overs – probably the quickest ever Cornwall O50 victory.
Both Jim McKenna and Trevor Lee passed 1000 championship during the season. Jim is know up to 1071. Of current players Anton Luiten is top run scorer with 1144, just 11 behind former skipper Nigel Sanders who top’s the chart in recent times with 1155. Jon Nance’s excellent form has taken him to 934.
Cornwall O50’s stalwart Dave Dunnett announced his retirement following the match against Devon at Exmouth. The Wadebridge paceman made the first of his 40 championship appearances in June 2008 when he took 3 for 18 in a victory over Hampshire at Pencarrow. Dave took 56 wickets including 5-49 v Somerset in 2009, 5-28 v Somerset in 2013 and in probably his greatest game a magnificent 6-34 in the 2015 national quarter final v Hampshire at Grampound Road. Dave also scored 211 runs with a top score of 33 not out v Wiltshire in 2009.
The team play seven matches in their regional group with the top three qualifying for the national knockout stages.
Cornwall were 2015 regional group winners but can expect strong opposition in what is traditionally the most competitive of the five regional groups. Hampshire will as usual start as group favourites with Somerset – the only team to beat Cornwall in the group matches last year – expected to be strong as will be both Devon and Dorset.
Despite a very wet morning the grounds team at Grampound Road enabled the O50’s trial / practice match to go ahead in a 35 over format. A slow outfield and a high standard of bowling and fielding made batting tricky and the West made 135 with Jim McKenna (36), Danny Gillman (28*), Alan Shears (19) and John Dobson (13*) leading the way. Adrian Warne took 2-40. In reply in the first over John Dobson had Anton Luiten trapped in front and Jon Nance superbly caught at short leg by Alan Shears. Adrian Warne (39) and Andrew Snowdon (30) took the score to 77 in the 23rd over but the rate was creeping up and 35 were needed off the last 5 overs. Andrew Jones made 26* but a tight last over from John Dobson saw the West home.
The match confirmed the high standard of O50 cricketers in Cornwall and the selectors will have plenty to think about before announcing the 13 for the first championship match v Somerset at Wadebridge on Sunday May 29th.
East Team :
Jon Nance, Anton Luiten, Adrian Warne, Andrew Snowdon, Paul Clements (capt), Andrew Jones (wk), Mike Conbeer, Steve Mitchell, Mark Southcott, Stuart Ellis, Martin Orpe.
West Team :
Jim McKenna, Andy Bonnett, Alan Shears, Phil Payne, Danny Gillman, Trevor Lee (capt), Johnny Smeaden, John Dobson, Ian Bishop, Neil Harvey (wk), Mike Hoban, Malcolm MacDonald.
The team were very grateful for sponsorship in 2015 from Horizon Plastics and Cornwall Hospice Care.
For 2016 we are seeking sponsors to cover various costs we incur. Currently available are the following :
4 home game sponsors @ £50
4 home match balls @ £40
7 umpire sponsors @ £35
7 scorer sponsors @ £25.
Any other ideas always welcome.
We will create a sponsors page on this website and ensure we give sponsors coverage on our Twitter feed. Please contact Trevor Lee with the sponsor details.
2015 was a truly memorable year for the Over 50’s with the team reaching the semi-finals of the national stages for the first time since the competition was re-organised and expanded. Six players – Ian Bishop, John Dobson, Danny Gilman, Andrew Ellacott, Paul Clements and Alan Shears made their debuts.
The team won 8 successive matches whilst Jim McKenna (138) and Jon Nance (137) made the second and third highest individual scores in the entire championship. Dave Dunnett in his seventh season took 17 wickets to finish joint 3rd for wickets taken.
The season though started far from well with an 87 run defeat at Somerset.
The team then embarked on a record breaking run of eight successive wins beginning with a nail biting 2 wicket victory over reigning regional champions Hampshire. Chasing 221 Cornwall found themselves 160 for 8 with less than six overs to go. A remarkable partnership between Ian Bishop (62no) and Dave Craddock (20no) saw the team home win an over to spare.
An overnight trip to the Isle of Wight saw a second win in two days. Jon Nance led the way with a magnificent undefeated 137 ably supported by Anton Luiten with 75 and skipper Trevor Lee with 41 not out as Cornwall racked up 302 for 3. On a belting track the islanders were at 241 for 0 very much in the match but a wicket saw momentum lost and Cornwall won by 20 runs.
Next up Wiltshire away. After being put in Jim McKenna and Jon Nance added 187 for the first wicket. McKenna went onto 138 as Cornwall made 298 for 4. Wiltshire were never in it and finished on 185 for 8 with Danny Gilman taking 2-39 on debut and Dave Dunnett 3-17.
Alan Shears and Paul Clements made their debuts against Devon at Grampound Road. The visitors racked up 263 for 5 but this proved no match for a rampant Cornwall side who won with 3 overs to spare thanks to 50’s from McKenna, Shears and Nigel Sanders.
With 4 wins from 5 games victory over Dorset at Truro would seal qualification for the knockout stages. In a match reduced to 40 overs Dorset were well placed at 162 for 1 after 30 overs but fell away to finish on 224 for 8. Debutant Andrew Ellacott took 2-34 and Paul Clements 3-47. Cornwall reached 226 for 2 in the 35th over with McKenna making 79 and Anton Luiten 88 not out.
The regional championship was secured for the first time with a close 7 run win over the Channel Islands at Grampound Road. The rain reduced the game to 30 overs and Cornwall were struggling at 108 for 7 but 68 not out from Shears guided the home team to 178 for 8. Steve Mitchell took 3-28 as the visitors were all out for 171 with one ball remaining. Nigel Sanders won his 50th ‘cap’ (although we didn’t realise that at the time).
Six wins from seven matches meant a top 4 national seeding and home ties in the last 16 and the quarter final. In the last 16 against Gloucestershire Jim McKenna with 84 and Andrew Jones with 70 not out set up a score of 272 for 5 with 25 coming off the penultimate over as Lee and Jones went on the attack.
Stuart Renshaw making his seasonal debut started with a couple of wides and then produced the perfect ball to clean up former Gloucestershire county captain Tony Wright. Renshaw finished with 3-18 and Clements took 3-39 as the visitors were bowled out for 214.
In the quarter final against Hampshire Cornwall found themselves 82 for 5 before Jones (49), Clements (17) and Mitchell (60no) rescued the situation and took the score to 230 for 7. Dunnett and Bishop then simply blew Hampshire away as they reduced the national semi-finalists of the previous 3 years to 51 for 6. That became 134 all out with Dunnett taking a magnificent career best 6-34.
And so to the semi finals. An unchanged Cornwall team got off to a steady start reaching 27 for 0 against Staffordshire but then slumped to 39 for 4. A counter attacking 52 from Lee, which included four maximums, saw Cornwall to 147. At 99 for 5 Staffs were wobbling but they made it home 8 down with 3 overs to spare