Shropshire v Cornwall - NCCA Championship (3)

  

 Shropshire v Cornwall  NCCA Championship 15 -17 August 2021 at Bridgnorth CC 11am.

© Dave Eggins Cricket Meadow - Bridgnorth

NCCA County Championship Western Division 2

Bridgnorth – Cornwall 317 (OE Westbury 124, ML Robins 73, PS Smith 31; GG Wagg 6-53)

& 149 (ML Robins 42, SA Harvey 30; GG Wagg 4-54, SP Whitney 3-39),

Shropshire 243 (RX Clarke 78, B Lees 50; EAF Whiteford 2-37, BA Ellis 2-39, TG Sturgess 2-69)

& 227-4 (GT Hargrave 101no, GG Wagg 39, SM Gregory 33; CM Johnson 2-33).

Shropshire (22) beat Cornwall (7) by six wickets.

 

 Scorecard

Table

Day 1

Cornwall win the toss and elect to bat.

Lunch: Cornwall 90-3 (34) Ollie Westbury 46no, Matt Robins 17no; Graham Wagg 8-4-11-2.

Tea: Cornwall 204-4 (65.5) Rain at 4pm  Ollie Westbury 71no, Paul Smith 31no, Matt Robins 73; Graham Wagg 14-5-32-3.

19:24 Close: Cornwall 317  (89.2)  Ollie Westbury 124, Matt Robins 73, Paul Smith 31, Tommy Sturgess 25, Kelvin Snell 22; Graham Wagg 20.2-6-53-6.

Cornwall recovered well on the opening day of their NCCA Championship game with Shropshire at Bridgnorth . Having been 50 for three they batted through the day to be all out for 317 with Ollie Westbury making 124 and Matt Robins 73.

The former Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Glamorgan  all rounder Graham Wagg took six wickets. Shropshire will commence their innings at 10.30 on Day 2.

Opener Ollie Westbury was eighth out at 307 (88.2) having batted for 345 minutes, facing 250 balls and hitting 12 fours.

The fourth wicket stand of Matt Robins for 114 runs.

 

Day 2

127 overs Start 10.30am and Close 7.30pm

13:11 Lunch : Shropshire 119-6 Xavier Clark 42no; Sturgess 2-47, Ellis 2-31.

16:00 Tea: Shropshire 243 ao (71.4) Clark 78, Lees 50; Sturgess 2-69, Ellis 2-39, Whiteford 2-37.

Shropshire recovered from 102-6 to reach 243 thanks to Xavier Clark and wicketer keeper Ban Lees, playing on his home club ground.

Cornwall lead by 74 runs on first innings having co-incidentally trailed by 74 runs against Devon in the previous game.

19:30 Close: Cornwall 107-4 (48) Robins 36no, Snell 14no, Harvey 30,  having been 14-2 and 68-4.

Cornwall lead by 181 runs with six wickets remaining. Paul Smith has fractured a thumb in the field and is unlikely to bat.

 

Day 3

12.38 - Cornwall 149 (76.2) losing their last six wickets for 33 runs. Matt Robins 42.

Graham Wagg ended with match figures of 50.2-14-107-10.  Shropshire are set 224 to win .

13.20 Lunch: Shropshire 35-0 (8)

16:20 Tea: Shropshire 187-3 (45) Hargrave 77no, Wagg 34no

17.01 Shropshire 227-4 (50) to win by six wickets. Opener George Hargrave 101no, Wagg 39, Gregory 33; Johnson 2-33, Robins 1-23, Whiteford 1-91.

Cornwall's defeat means Herefordshire's win over Wales NC by 70 runs shortly after lunch sees them win the Western Division 2 title ahead of their final game against Cornwall at St Austell next week.

 

 

Match Preview

 

Cornwall make one change  from the team that beat Devon at Truro.

Kelvin Snell is recalled, after four years, to win his 35th Championship cap replacing Wadebridge team mate James Turpin.

Cornwall last beat Shropshire at St Austell in 2011.

Since then Shropshire have won four and drew at St Austell in 2017.

The last meeting in 2019 was also at Bridgnorth where Shropshire won with an unbeaten sixth wicket partnership of 70. Scott Harvey, Charlie Kent, and Matt Robins  played in the game.

PLAYING RECORD AGAINST SHROPSHIRE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP

                                               Years             Mtchs     Pld            Won           Tied              Lost           Drawn       Aband

Shropshire     (1983-2020)       32          31                8                0                   13                10               1

Cornwall have never won in seven visits to Bridgnorth including the first ever three-day game in June 2001- 20 years ago.

1983

Aug

11,12

Shropshire

271-3d

276-6d

Cornwall

237-6d

144

Shropshire 166r

1993

Jun

16,17

Shropshire

25-2d

235-5d

Cornwall

27-0d

143-2

Drawn

1999

Jul

21,22

Cornwall

185

98-4

Shropshire

219

 

Shropshire 1st ins (16-5) G

2001

Jun

18, 19, 20

Shropshire

192

293-6d

Cornwall

213

163-7

Drawn (9-7)

2004

May

24,25,26

Cornwall

305

121

Shropshire

438-5

 

Shropshire ins & 12r (24-5)

2016

Jul

3,4,5

Cornwall

245

252

Shropshire

253

246-6

Shropshire 4w (22-6)

2019

Jul

21,22,23

Cornwall

249

175

Shropshire

195

233-5

Shropshire 5w (21-6)

Table

Cornwall

O E Westbury            

C F Gibson                             

S A Harvey (Capt) (wk)                                

C J Kent

M L Robins

P S Smith                                                       

K J Snell

T G Sturgess                                                    

E A F Whiteford                                              

B A Ellis                                

C M Johnson                          

 

12  J.M Brierley                                                            

 

Cornwall: Scott Harvey (Capt) (wk) (Truro), Oliver Westbury (Himley), Chris Gibson (Camborne), Charlie Kent (Truro), Matt Robins (Wadebridge), Paul Smith (Castle Bromwich), Kelvin Snell (Wadebridge), Tommy Sturgess (Swarkestone), Ellis Whiteford (Redruth), Ben Ellis (St Just), Craig Johnson (Redruth). 12th Man Joel Brierley (Truro).

Umpires: Patrick Brown & Ian Laurence

Scorers Dave Eggins &  Nathan Bradley

 

Shropshire CCC Website Preview

Shrewsbury’s in-form opening batsman George Hargrave is named in a 12-man Shropshire squad for the NCCA Championship match against Cornwall at Bridgnorth.

The three-day game starts at Cricket Meadow on Sunday (11am).

Hargrave has scored Birmingham League centuries in two of Shrewsbury’s last four matches.

He also struck an unbeaten century earlier this season for Oxford University against Cambridge University at Lord’s.

Director of Cricket John Abrahams said: “We have always wanted George Hargrave to be involved from the start of the season.

“He has been away at university, so hasn’t spent much time back in Shropshire, but he has now come back to play for Shrewsbury and is scoring runs.

“George has brought his university form back to his club form for Shrewsbury, so hopefully that continues and he can take it into this National Counties Championship match.”

Worcestershire Academy seamer Ben Parker returns to the county squad, with promising Bridgnorth seamer Charlie Walker, having been given his first taste of the NCCA Championship by playing in the first two matches this season, making way.

Worcestershire have also made Shrewsbury all-rounder Harry Cooke, another member of the New Road club’s Academy, available once again after he made his Shropshire debut in the draw against Wales at Abergavenny earlier this month.

Abrahams said: “We have a good relationship with Worcestershire and we are grateful to them for making both Ben Parker and Harry Cooke, who are both Shropshire boys, available for selection.

“Playing for Shropshire in the National Counties Championship is another important part of their development.

“I’ve spoken to Charlie Walker and told him he is very much part of our plans and to continue bowling well for Bridgnorth, both in terms of taking wickets and also an economy point of view.

“The experience Charlie’s had so far will stand him in good stead.

“Tyler Ibbotson is another player very much part of the plans. Tyler has shown his commitment to the county by being on standby for the last two matches and he also came down to Wales during the last match for a bowling session with Jason Weaver.”

Cornwall opened their Championship campaign with a rain-affected draw against Wales before beating Devon in their last three-day match at Truro.

Cornwall also enjoyed an impressive victory over Somerset in a showcase fixture at Taunton last month.

Abrahams added: “The quality and standard of the opposition in National Counties cricket is high.

“We’ve emphasised that for us to compete at this level then we have to be at our best.

“We have to, both from an individual and a team point of view, be as challenging as we possibly can be with bat and with ball.

“To score 300 in the first innings in our last game at Wales was really good. To have the opposition at 138-6 was also very good and if we find ourselves in that situation again hopefully we can take advantage.”

The first ball will be bowled at Bridgnorth at 11am on Sunday, with admission free for spectators on all three days.

Shropshire, from: George Hargrave (Shrewsbury), Ryan Lockley (Oswestry), James Shaw (Sentinel), Simon Gregory (Bridgnorth), Graham Wagg (Biddestone), Xavier Clarke (Shifnal), Ben Lees (Bridgnorth), Sam Ellis (Formby), Matty Simmonds (Bridgnorth), Sam Whitney (Bridgnorth, captain), Harry Cooke (Shrewsbury), Ben Parker (Kidderminster).