Penzance Cricket Club Win La Manga Cricket Classic 2017
Having taken two sides and a touring party of 31 to La Manga Spain for six days, Penzance CC saw their First XI remain undefeated and win the annual cricket classic event at the first time of asking.
The club took two sides and the 2nd XI also performed well against tough opposition, especially in the round robin fixture against their senior counterparts! The sides played a total of 13 T20 games which provided real competitive cricket at a time when pre season friendlies are difficult to organise back in Cornwall. Having access to the wider facilities at La Manga from outdoor nets, to gym and physio services, all in a fabulous spring climate should put the whole club in good shape for the start of the domestic 2017 season.
Everyone contributed for the seconds with young and longer standing players alike, showing huge enthusiasm both playing and supporting the first team in the final. Executive Committee Chairman Neil Tregarthen commented that, “the opportunity to build a one club culture was a key objective for this trip and I’m delighted to say that everyone embraced that challenge.”
Josh Fletcher, Christian Purchase, Olly Paul, Liam Devine, Brad Wadlan and Piran Kent all scored half centuries in the tournament, with Purchase scoring 63 off just 36 balls in one of the games against the Spanish XI. Wadlan’s 82 in the final against the same Spain side along with a total of 244 runs in the tournament and some impressive bowling figures, rightly saw him collect the Player of the Tournament Trophy at the gala dinner on the Sunday night.
On the bowling side, new signings Furnival and Pobega got off to great starts for their new side and were ably supported by old hands Ludlum and Fletcher. Of particular note were the contributions from the young players at the club with Kameron Collins, Jack Paul, Piran Kent and Kieran Jackson all demonstrating their promise as all rounders.
Neil Tregarthen told the Cornishman, “the tour was a massive success and has already proved that our policy of focusing on young players, rather than established Premier League cricketers, is right for the future of both club and county. The way that these youngsters have learnt from their older teammates, who have brought real quality and experience to Cornish cricket, is a breath of fresh air. Everyone trained hard for twelve weeks in the winter and winning a trophy in our first competitive outing, and beating a very strong Spanish National side twice, provides us all with great encouragement for the new season. I can only hope that Cornish cricket starts to embrace the idea of adding to the quality of players available to watch on a Saturday afternoon, rather than the current approach, which appears to be to resist it. Cornwall as a county side can become a real force, but “if you only do what you do, you only get what you’ve got” and all clubs need to get behind the positive changes being made by the CCB and remember that we are here to develop the game and provide better opportunities for young boy and girls to play cricket and become the best they can be.”
Penzance continued their impressive pre season preparation, by beating Plymouth, from the Devon Premier League, by 78 runs on Saturday and again the young brother Olly and Jack Paul excelled, scoring 50 and 82 respectively.