CORNWALL gave Somerset 2nd XI a run for their money before going down to a nine-run defeat in the Treleavens Trophy triangular Twenty 20 tournament at Truro, writes Conrad Sutcliffe
Devon were five-wicket losers to Cornwall in game one – and lost to Somerset by 49 runs in game two.
That set up and all-or-nothing decider between Somerset and Cornwall for the new trophy, donated by the ice-cream maker based in Lanivet.
Somerset made 131 for nine with man of the day Tom Banton top scoring on 37.
It was Banton’s 71 off 33 balls in the previous game that effectively scuppered Devon’s hopes of winning the tournament.
Finlay Trenouth, promoted up the order made 21 and of the chip-ins Michael Leask (22) fared best.
Cornwall had a lot to do after slipping to 31 for three in reply – Joe Gore whipping out Greg Smith and Matt Robins after Max Waller cleaned-up opener Brad Wadlan.
Neil Curnow was still there and took the challenge to the Somerset bowlers with 39 off 43 balls.
Lewis Goldsworthy, the Cornish left-armer attached to Somerset’s Academy, slowed things briefly when he had Curnow stumped.
Goldsworthy was Cornwall’s 12th man, but Somerset offered to give him a game and rotated their players accordingly to get him in.
Steve Snell, the academy director at Somerset, said highly rated Goldsworthy will make his 2nd XI Championship debut this week in the game against Surrey.
Cornwall needed 32 to win from four overs with five wickets left when Curnow got out, which was the turning point.
Tim Rouse had Tom Sturgess stumped and by the time he ran out James Turpin there was one ball left. Game over
Godfrey Furse, Cornwall’s director of cricket, said is side could feel proud of their performances.
“A lot was expected of Greg Smith and Brad Wadlan as old pros in this form of cricket, so it was pleasing to see when they didn’t come off the rest of the team rose to the challenge,” said Furse.
“Tom Sturgess is improving all the time and showed that in both games. He bowled well against Devon and better against Somerset.”
Snell said Cornwall were tough opponents and the tournament had been a useful learning tool for the younger members in the side.
“We played on a wicket conducive to spin which meant they couldn’t stand there and bash the ball round as it wasn’t there to do it,” said Snell.
“Without the pace on the ball it meant using skills and they did pretty well.
“Against Cornwall we rejigged the batting order and exposed the younger players to something new.
“Over both games Tom Banton reaffirmed what an exciting prospect he is.
“I was delighted we were able to offer Lewis Goldsworthy a place as he is part of our set-up anyway.
“We have been pleased with the progress he has been making and he will make his three-day debut in the 2nd XI against Surrey this week.”
Treleavens T20 County Trophy at Truro CC
Devon 110-9 (M Pugh 46, M Thompson 18, GM Smith 3-10, TG Sturgess 2-16) lost to Cornwall 113-5 (19 overs) (ML Robins 32, NS Curnow 27, TG Sturgess 17no, KJ Snell 16no; TRJ Codd 2-15) by five wickets.
Somerset XI 184-6 (TD Banton 71, J Allenby 24; JV King 2-25, MC Golding 2-32) beat Devon 135-9 (LJ Lewis 26, JE Thompson 37no, MC Golding 23; LP Goldsworthy 4-27) by 49 runs.
Somerset XI 131-9 (TD Banton 37, MA Leask 22, FR Trenouth 21; TG Sturgess 4-19) beat Cornwall 122-8 (NS Curnow 39, JR Turpin 15; LP Goldsworthy 2-23, JC Gore 2-38) by nine runs.
It has been announced that Lanivet based Luxury Cornish Ice Cream producers Treleavens are to sponsor a triangular Somerset/Cornwall/Devon T20 Trophy at Truro Cricket Club on Sunday June 25th. They will compete for the Treleavens Trophy.
Somerset CCC will be sending a team as part of the preparation for their Natwest T20 Blast campaign. The tournament is the result of the ever-closer links between Somerset and Cornwall which includes regular coaching of Cornwall youth players by Somerset coaches and local player Lewis Goldsworthy’s place in the Somerset Academy.
Simon Menneer, CEO of Cornwall Cricket, commenting on the announcement, said: “We are delighted to have such an iconic Cornish brand as a sponsor for this very exciting event and are extremely grateful to Treleavens for their crucial contribution.”
Mark Chrusciak, General Manager at Treleavens Luxury Cornish Ice Cream said: “Treleavens ice cream is extremely proud to be supporting this tournament, promoting Cricket and Cornwall, both are things we are passionate about. What could be more idyllic than watching cricket on a sunny day with some of Cornwall’s finest ice cream?”