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Wales MC v Cornwall

4th September 2018 Posted in County by Michael Weeks

Unicorns Counties Championship

Wales v Cornwall   at Usk on  Sunday 2 September 

Wales MC 245  (80.2) & 270 Cornwall 238 (63.4) & 235-9 (53)

Match Drawn

Cornwall Target 278 in a min of 49 overs


Usk – Wales MC 245 (JH Voke 132, AMT  Keane 53, BL Wadlan 21, TJ Dinnis 6-77, PD Trego 2-46, AC Libby 2-51)

& 270 (BL Wadlan 126, RI Walker 39, SJ Pearce 26, JH Voke 20; AC Libby 4-40, PD Trego 2-54, TJ Dinnis 2-96),

Cornwall 238 ( SKW Wood 52, CBF Purchase 46, AC Libby 37, PD Trego 23, TJ Dinnis 23; T Jones 4-43, TR Bevan 3-59)

& (Target 278) 235-9 (JA Paull 60, CD Lello 41, TC Rowe 40, SKW Wood 33, CJ Miles 21; SJ Pearce 3-50, TR Bevan 3-57).

Match Drawn. Wales MC 10pts, Cornwall 10pts.

Day 3

Cornwall have ended each of the last four seasons on a miserable note but there were smiles yesterday as the 2018 campaign concluded at Usk in South Wales. Cornwall didn’t win the game; in fact they were hanging on for a draw at the end. The pleasing factor was the manner in which they achieved it, with telling contributions from the four youngest members of the team, three of whom were playing their first championship games. Jack Paull and Dan Lello were the top scorers in the innings and Charlie Kent and Tom Dinnis survived for the draw in a thirty minute last wicket partnership. It capped a great match for Dinnis who also took eight wickets. The day started ninety later than the scheduled 10am start as drizzle saw the covers put on. Cornwall then had to wait 35 minutes for a breakthrough before Peter Trego removed William Smale for 18. Brad Wadlan had already reached his century however, repeating the feat he achieved for Cornwall on the same ground in this fixture three years ago. He went on to make 126 before being stumped off Andrew Libby. He spent exactly four hours at the crease, facing 165 balls hitting 18 fours and a six. The Welsh were not done with yet as the last two wickets added, what was to prove, a crucial 50 runs either side of lunch. Roman Walker hit two sixes and 4 fours in his 39. He was caught by Tom Rowe off Libby, who ended the innings at 270 by bowling last man Luke Cheshire for four. The slow left armer ended with four for 40 with Dinnis and Trego getting two each. The target was 278 in a minimum of 49 overs, which became 53 in the end. The innings got off to a good start as Tom Rowe and Jack Paull put on 86 in 14 overs. Rowe was bowled by Majied Ilyas for 40. Sam Wood joined Paull to add 47 for the second wicket. Paull reached a maiden championship fifty before being stumped by debutant keeper Smale off Sam Pearce for 60, that included nine boundaries. Much was expected from Christian Purchase and Trego but both got ducks, departing within three balls. Purchase was lbw to Pearce and Trego bowled by Tom Bevan second ball. When Sam Wood (33) followed in Pearce’s next over four wickets had fallen for five runs in a dramatic turn of events. Acting skipper Scott Harvey fell five overs later for eight to make it 156-6. However, Dan Lello hit 3 sixes in his 41 and Conor Miles made 21 to give the Duchy new hope. They got to within 69 of the target but three wickets fell for five runs to take Wales to the brink of victory, with nine overs remaining. Young Kent survived 40 balls and Dinnis 28 balls to frustrate the home side for the draw at 235-9. The game ended with a big lbw shout on the final ball. Elsewhere Berkshire’s eight wicket win against Dorset secured them a third successive Western title while Cornwall have finished a creditable fourth with 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats.

Day 2

A recurring theme of the summer of 2018 is that Cornwall have gone into the final days of championship games with anything possible. That is the case for the finale at Usk today with yet another three-day fixture well poised. After virtual parity on first innings Wales Minor Counties have a lead of 158, with four second innings wickets standing. One of them is, crucially, Brad Wadlan, who is unbeaten on 84. Just sixteen runs short of achieving a second successive century in this fixture. Cornwall last played on Welsh soil three years ago, at the same venue. On that occasion Wadlan’s hundred was for Cornwall of course. One thing that is certain today is that the alarm clocks will be set for an early start. Play will get underway at Mill Lane at the exceptionally early hour of ten o’clock. It should be light by then! That’s after play was curtailed last night at 5.45pm due to bad light, 45 minutes before the scheduled close. Play automatically starts thirty minutes early the following day to make up lost time but, unlike before, championship cricket is now being played with earlier starts in September. Cornwall began the day on 121-4 with the unlikely pairing of debutant, 16 year-old Charlie Kent, and first-class professional Peter Trego, 21 years his senior, at the crease. You might have got good money on Trego being the first to depart, but that was the case. Having hit three quick boundaries it was seventeen year-old Tomas Jones who bowled him. A wicket the Aberystwyth born seamer will forever cherish. Kent was next to go but the Truro youngster can be proud of surviving almost ninety minutes, and facing 68 balls for his 18. Jones picked up his third wicket of the morning to bowl Scott Harvey for four and at 155-7 the Duchy were in a spot of bother. Conor Miles made 14 and Dan Lello nine but both fell to Tom Bevan’s off breaks. It looked like the Welsh were going to have a useful lead but Andrew Libby (37) and Dinnis (23no) put on a valuable 51 for the tenth wicket. Cornwall were all out for 238 at lunch – a deficit of just seven runs. Jones ended with four for 43. Having a match to remember Dinnis bowled Majied Ilyas with his second ball. Oscar Kolk was lbw to Trego in the seventh over before Dinnis removed first innings centurion Joe Voke for 20, at 35 for three. With Adam Keane run out for four and Libby bowling Bevan for a single the hosts were 70 for five. However, Wadlan and Sam Pearce added 63 either side of tea but the stand was broken when Lello had Pearce lbw for 26, his first championship wicket. Wadlan and Will Smale took the total to 151-6 when play ended early. Dinnis has taken two for 41 from 13 overs and eight in the match. How long Wadlan survives this morning might be the key with Cornwall’s failure to chase 112 in the last game, at Banbury, still fresh in the memory.

Usk – Wales MC 245 (JH Voke 132, AMT  Keane 53, BL Wadlan 21, TJ Dinnis 6-77, PD Trego 2-46, AC Libby 2-51)

& 151-6 (BL Wadlan 84no, SJ Pearce 26, JH Voke 20; TJ Dinnis 2-41),

Cornwall 238 ( SKW Wood 52, CBF Purchase 46, AC Libby 37, PD Trego 23, TJ Dinnis 23; T Jones 4-43, TR Bevan 3-59).

Close Day 2. Wales MC 6pts, Cornwall 6pts.


Close Day 1

Sometimes fact is stranger than fiction and there was one of those moments last night in the gathering gloom at Usk, in Cornwall’s Unicorns game with Wales Minor Counties. In reply to the home side’s 245 all out Cornwall lost professional Sam Wood half an hour before the close for 52, so in walked night-watchman Charlie Kent, son of former county all-rounder Jonathan.  He is the third youngest player in Cornwall history at 16 years and 77 days. At the other end Christian Purchase was dismissed ten minutes before the close for a typically belligerent 46, which included 8 fours and a six. It left Kent batting with no other than Somerset legend Peter Trego. The 37 year-old has no less than 600 first-class and one-day games under his belt. Kent matched Trego with a late boundary and the pair will resume this morning on 121 for four. With acting skipper Scott Harvey, Conor Miles and Dan Lello to follow there will be hopes for a useful lead as there are still 64 overs available. The innings didn’t get off to a great start however, when Tom Rowe was bowled by Roman Walker’s third ball of the innings. Three overs later Penzance’s Jack Paull was trapped in front by fellow debutant Luke Cheshire. The day began with Wales being put in but Cornwall had to wait for 16 overs before Trego struck with successive balls. William Smale, also making his first appearance, was caught behind and Oscar Kolk clean bowled. Former Cornwall pro Brad Wadlan made 21 before being caught off Andrew Libby and Tom Bevan became a victim for Tom Dinnis in the next over at 83-4. It was three hours later, in mid afternoon, before the next breakthrough as opener Joe Voke and Adam Keane compiled 129 for the fifth wicket. Dinnis did the trick having Voke caught by Purchase for 132, made off 207 balls that included 21 fours and a six. Dinnis then had skipper Sam Pearce lbw next ball. The Werrington seamer went on to mop up the tail as the home side lost their last six wickets for 33 runs, in just over an hour. He ended with a career best six for 77. Keane was ninth out, bowled by Libby for 53.

Usk – Wales MC 245 (JH Voke 132, AMT  Keane 53, BL Wadlan 21, TJ Dinnis 6-77, PD Trego 2-46, AC Libby 2-51); Cornwall 121-4 (26 overs) SKW Wood 52, CBF Purchase 46). Close Day 1. Cornwall 4pts, Wales MC 3pts.


Cornwall has made six changes from the team that lost to Oxfordshire at Banbury. Matt Rowe, Matt Robins, James Turpin, Paul Smith and Will Harris are all unavailable due to work and Sam Wyatt has withdrawn as has Lewis Goldsworthy who was due to return after ECB Super 4’s duty.

Christian Purchase is recalled with championship debuts for Somerset’s Peter Trego, St Just’s Dan Lello and Penzance’s Jack Paull. Trego and Lello have featured in one day games previously.

Friday Update

Sam Wyatt and Lewis Goldsworthy have withdrawn and the Truro pair of Conor Miles and Charlie Kent are called up. The inclusion of Kent means he is set to become the third youngest to play Championship cricket for Cornwall. At 16 years and 77 days, he follows Taylor Williams and Carl Gazzard.

Cornwall: Scott Harvey (Capt) (wk) (Truro), Tom Rowe (Kimberley Institute), Sam Wood (Plumtree), Peter Trego (Somerset CCC), Christian Purchase (Redruth), Jack Paull (Penzance), Conor Miles (Truro), Charlie Kent (Truro), Dan Lello (St Just), Andrew Libby (St Austell), Tom Dinnis (Werrington).


S A Harvey (Capt) (wk)

T C Rowe

S K W Wood

P D Trego

C B F Purchase

J A Paull

C J Miles

C J Kent

C D Lello

A C Libby

T J Dinnis

Scorer: Dave Eggins