The 2019 season will see a return to county cricket at Wadebridge for the first time in 31 years while Redruth Cricket Club will stage only its second-ever championship fixture.
Wadebridge was a regular venue for two-day cricket hosting 23 games between 1959 and 1988. Cheshire were victorious by ten wickets in the last fixture with former Lancashire and England opener Barry Wood knocking off the winning runs. Cornwall’s openers were debutants Ed Nicolson and Steve Williams, who both went on to have long and distinguished county careers.
The county season begins on the Early May Bank Holiday weekend with Wiltshire visiting Werrington for a T20 doubleheader. Wadebridge will host Wales Minor Counties in two T20 games on the late May Bank Holiday Sunday. Cornwall completes the T20 group games in June with visits to Wimborne to play Dorset and Instow to take on Devon. Finals day for the group winner is again at Wormsley on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
In the 50 over knock-out Trophy Cornwall have a first-round bye before renewing acquaintances with Buckinghamshire, in the second round at Truro on Sunday 2 June. The counties famously last met in the four-day championship final in September 2012, also at Boscawen Park, where Cornwall won by 150 runs. They had met in the Trophy in the preceding two years when the competition was in a group format. Cornwall won both high scoring games hitting 308-1 at Marlow to win by nine wickets with Matt Robins (143) and David Roberts (130no) putting on 287 for the first wicket. The following year at Truro Robins scored another century in the 346 total with Bucks getting 315 in reply. The winners of this year’s clash face Berkshire or Dorset away in the quarter-final at the end of June.
This year’s three-day championship games begin on 23 June with Oxfordshire visiting Truro. Familiar away venues see trips in July to Corsham to play Wiltshire and Bridgnorth to take on Shropshire. Redruth will then host Dorset in early August. There have been three one-day games at Trewirgie in recent times but the only previous championship fixture was back in 1992. Cheshire won by 68 runs, inspired by nine wickets in the match for former England off-spinner Geoff Miller. Godfrey Furse took 7-75 in the visitors’ second innings. It was to be his county-best , in a 109 match championship career. Champions Berkshire will visit St Austell in mid-August before the cross Tamar clash with Devon at Exeter in September. The four-day final is again at Banbury in mid-September.
Cornwall CCC Fixtures 2019
Unicorns T20 Competition (11.00am)
Sun 5 May Wiltshire (2 games) Werrington
Sun 26 May Wales MC (2 games) Wadebridge
Sun 9 June Dorset (2 games) Wimborne
Sun 16 June Devon (2 games) Instow
Unicorns Knock Out Trophy (11.00am)
Sun 2 June Buckinghamshire Truro
Sun 30 June (QF) Winner v Berkshire or Dorset away
Unicorns Counties Championship (11.00am unless stated)
23-25 June Oxfordshire Truro
7-9 July Wiltshire Corsham
21-23 July Shropshire Bridgnorth
4-6 August Dorset Redruth
18-20 August Berkshire St Austell
1-3 Sept Devon Exeter (10.30am)
The MCCA has had discussions throughout the winter with a regard to a potential change of competition format for the 2020 season onwards, in conjunction with ECB’s forthcoming County Partnership Agreement. All change in 2020 for Cornwall CCC