Penzance’s Nat West Club T20 ‘saga’ finally came to a conclusion on Sunday afternoon, in the shadows of Wimbledon’s Centre Court. There was no need for a tie-break however as their hosts at South West 19 swept to an emphatic straight sets win by nine wickets, with just under five overs to spare. They now progress to the National Finals Day at Derby on 11 September and will be looking for a hat-trick of titles, having won in 2011 and 2012. The trip to the capital for Penzance was confirmed after it emerged they were sent an email from ECB on the eve of their trip to Torquay the previous Sunday. That was for the Area Final replay; after it had been ruled Penzance fielded an ineligible player, despite having twice had permission to play him at Newport. Torquay had requested a postponement, to which the ECB were sympathetic, but it had not been seen on a busy Saturday evening hence the wasted trip to South Devon. The clubs therefore made the trek to Wimbledon for an 11am start and the Devonians might soon had wondered had it been worth the trouble? Nathan Pobega (4-8) ripped into their top order to reduce them to 18-6. They did recover to 86-8 but Jack Paull fired 51 not out to see the Penwith club to an eight wicket win, inside ten overs. It was a step up in the Regional Final that followed at Church Road however as Penzance only managed a modest 127-9 against the host club. Christian Purchase made 28 before being run out and Greg Smith and Jonny Ludlam got 19 each. The first five wickets had fallen for 60. Wimbledon had 37 on the board in just four overs and 71 in seven, for the loss of James Johnson, lbw to Glyn Furnival. Nick Welch (54no) and Ollie Swann (62no) hit his second fifty of weekend to hasten the end.
Nat West Club T20 Area Final Replay
Wimbledon – Torquay 86-8 (B Francis 23, K Szymanski 15no; N Pobega 4-8, G Furnival 2-18) lost to Penzance 89-2 (9.3 overs) (J Paull 51no, B Wadlan 20, G Smith 14) by eight wickets.
Nat West Club T20 Regional Final
Wimbledon – Penzance 127-9 (C Purchase 28, G Smith 19, J Ludlam 19, B Wadlan 15; K Bunting 2-25, D Scott 2-25, M Spriegel 2-31) lost to Wimbledon 130-1 (15.2overs) (O Swann 62no, N Welch 54no) by nine wickets.
Devon Cricket are reporting that Penzance and Torquay have to replay their NatWest T20 Area Final (see original statement below) at Wimbledon this Sunday with the winners staying on to play Wimbledon in the Regional Final.
Torquay and Penzance replay T20 Clubs tie at Wimbledon on Sunday = Winners stay to play hosts in quarter-final + https://t.co/N7juqG6Xaf
— Devon Cricket (@DevonCricket) August 8, 2017
Cornwall Cricket are yet to receive notification from ECB.
— Wimbledon CC (@wimbledoncrick) August 9, 2017
Penzance have a top of the table ECB Cornwall Premier League game at home to Truro on Saturday and have tweeted they play at Wimbledon at 11am on Sunday.
— Penzance Cricket (@PenzanceCricket) August 9, 2017
Penzance travelled to Torquay on Sunday unaware it appears that an email had been sent on Friday from the ECB stating new arrangements after Torquay contacted ECB.
Published 4 August
Penzance Cricket Club have been told by the ECB they have to replay their Nat West Club T20 Area Final against Torquay. It will be played at Torquay’s Recreation Ground on Sunday 6 August at 1pm.
The winners will be away to Wimbledon in the Regional Final on Sunday 13 August
Penzance beat Torquay last Sunday by 141 runs card
ECB Competitions Manager Aaron Campbell has released the following statement:
“Following the NatWest Club T20 Area Final at Shapwick & Polden CC on Sunday 30th July we received a number of queries over the eligibility of one of the players, James Sykes, representing Penzance CC.
After communication with Penzance CC it was clear that James Sykes has represented Leicestershire this season in the Royal London One-Day Cup and despite now no longer being registered or contracted to the County, he was still ineligible to play in the NatWest Club T20 competition.
It has become evident that Penzance approached Chris Weston, competition administrator for the NatWest Club T20, asking for clarification on the regulations relating to players that have played County Cricket this season and were under the impression that it would be fine for James to play in the competition. They are adamant that they would not have played James if they felt he was ineligible, being under the impression that as he is no longer contracted to a County he would be eligible to play for them.
James Sykes played in both T20 matches at Shapwick & Polden on Sunday against Newport and Torquay. Having spoken to both clubs, Newport are unable to continue in the competition due to involvement in other competition within Wales.
Having considered the information provided by Penzance CC and Chris Weston I have made the following ruling:
The Area Final match between Torquay and Penzance is to be replayed on Sunday 6th August at Torquay CC, 1:00pm start unless otherwise agreed between both clubs. James Sykes will not be permitted to play in this match or (should they win) any further involvement in this competition this season. “
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