Some things never change as they say and that can be claimed at Penzance Cricket Club.
The history of the club dates back to 1829 with cricket played at its St Clare home since 1870.
Last Saturday they were crowned the Cornwall Premier League champions for 2021, retaining the trophy won in 2019.
Go back exactly 100 years and it was the same story.
Up until 1989 the County title was decided by an East v West Play-Off.
In 1921 the play-off match was between Penzance (western section winners) and Liskeard (eastern section winners}.
Scores as follows:-
Penzance 105 S Rust 27, W. S Boase 16, J Rogers 11; Major Fox 3 – 11, J Harris 3 – 24, E Palmer 3 – 51
Liskeard 81 G. H. I Bickford 21, J Harris 20, T Lang 16; F. J Whiting 5 – 38, J Wheeler 3 -21
The feat was repeated in 1922 and the photograph below, which would be virtually the same as in the previous season, shows the title winning team of 1922. The pavilion was then where the score box is now approximately.
Frank Whiting, is in the back row, third from the right in the photograph. He went on to take 888 wickets for Cornwall, by far the highest wicket taker for the County.
Thanks to Brian Richards MBE - Penzance CC President & Historian.
|Cornwall Cricket League County Champions|
|League formed 1905 - No Comps 1915-19, 1939-45, 2020|
|20 Clubs||104 Years||Last||Successive Titles|
|Penzance||24||2021||3 - 1920-22, 1950-52 & 1958-60|
|Camborne||17||1 share||1967||8 - 1927-34 & 4 - 1961-64|
|Truro||13||1 share||2017||3 - 1970-72|
|St Just||11||2016||6 - 2004-09|
|Falmouth||6||1992||2 - 1986-87 & 91-92|
|Helston||4||1924||2 - 1905-06|
|Werrington||4||2018||2 - 2012-13|
|St Austell||3||1994||2 - 1993-94|
|St Buryan||2||2000||2 - 1999-2000|