Beach Cricket Team PhotoSunday 13th July saw former England international cricketers from the Lord’s Taverners charity and youngsters from the beach with a collection of Premier League club cricketers in between compete in a thoroughly enjoyable day’s cricket for both participants and spectators in the Newquay BID beach cricket tournament at Fistral.

Four teams played out a round robin format, tournament where the West of Cornwall select captained by Hayle CC Captain Steve Richards and containing Truro and Cornwall Wicketkeeper Scott Harvey, Cornwall Ladies star Nicole Richards and Troon’s Luke Johnson prevailed on the basis of their head to head victory over the second placed team, Lords Taverners B which in turn was captained by Neil Smith (Warwickshire and England) and contained Steve Kirby (Somerset and England A), Charles “Big Mac”  Dale (Casualty), Paul Aldred (Derbyshire),  Steve Kirby’s housemate and youngster John Key (Newquay).

Local side Newquay were represented by Richard Spall, Tom Eggins, Usman Arshad, Nigel Dawes (who took a hat trick much to his very visible delight), John Tinson, David Key and Richard Spall’s friend and they finished in a very creditable 3rd place.

The Lords Taverners A team captained by Martyn Ball (Gloucestershire and England tourist) and containing Andy Stovold (Gloucestershire), Merv Ramsay (Lords Taverners), Rod Farrant (Jockey and Horse Trainer) and Keith Parsons (Somerset and Cornwall) finished a rather disappointing 4th.

The prospects for a repeat performance next year are high with the Lords Taverners A promising a stronger effort with one or two more star players to make up the team and gain revenge for the chastening defeat by their B team in the final match of the day.

Kate Cortez, Newquay BID Assistant Manager commented: “I was delighted to be able to start my role with the BID in time for the Beach Cricket Tournament, this event has the scope to be grown for next year and now we have the Lord’s Taverners on board the event can only get stronger and we already have plenty of ideas in the mix.

“The involvement of the community to help us get the pitch set up was also fantastic and would especially like to thanks the Newquay Fire station and RNLI for helping us at the start of the day. It was also great to have the chance to work with the Newquay Cricket Club and Barefeet Promotions in the overall management of the event.”

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