Cornwall v Australia 28.07.23

Truro Cricket Club hosted international cricket on Friday July 28th when the Cornwall O60s played Australia O60s.

The match was the penultimate one of a 16 match four week UK tour for the Australians which included five one day internationals against England, as well as internationals against Scotland and Wales plus matches against the five counties that won the O60s regional groups in 2022 - Sussex, Essex, Lancashire, Warwickshire and Cornwall - Cornwall being the only non first class cricket county to host a match so a great honour in itself.

The match was preceded by a walk in aid of Prostate Cancer and the Bob Willis Fund. O60 cricket counties across the country are organising similar walks and the walk originator Ron Hedley from Buckingham O60s was present all day.

Match day included live commentary, the singing of Australia Fair and Trelawny just before the match started, a tea interval Bob Willis bowling impression competition, the raffling of a bat signed by Ollie Pope, post match presentations and speeches and was rounded of with gusto singing of numerous Cornish songs led by the Truro Male Voice Choir.

Australia set Cornwall 255 and despite an unbeaten 50 from Menheniot’s Jon Nance who added 60 for the 9th wicket with Stithian’s Paul Przybylski-Garry Cornwall fell short with Aussie skipper Peter Judd running through the middle order reducing the hosts from a promising 97-3 to 98-7.

A fantastic day and a hugely memorable one for the players and officials who took part. A big thanks to Truro CC for magnificent hosting.

Here's the scorecard

Here's the link to the video of the Bob Willis bowling competition  


Adam Widdison on the attack  

Hugh Rogers likes that one  

...I think we'll bat first....

 Classical Dennis Lillee action from Paul PG 

 Trevor Lee going for the big drive 

 Jon Nance watching the ball to the boundary

 Great catch by Mike Rodwell - did it stick though? 

Ron Hedley and Chris Dennis discussing tactics

 Stuart Nye in action - can you spot the ball? 

Paul PG enjoying the day 

Classic batting position for Kevin Gibbard 

Anton Luiten winding up a big shot