Next week will see the 27th staging of the Cornwall Youth Cricket Festival in Penryn.
Games will be played at St Gluvias Cricket Club and Penryn College in a variety of tournaments across different age groups.
This year’s tournament sees 66 teams enter with many Cornish clubs well represented and also 3 clubs from out of the county. Walmley cricket club from Birmingham once again bring many teams to the competition and also Andover and Ottery St Mary continue their involvement to challenge the local teams.
The Festival committee would like to extend a warm invitation to all cricket lovers in Cornwall to attend this event and witness the vibrant and promising cricketers and facilitators we have in the county.
Sunday sees the under 11 tournament staged, which begins at 9:45am, with Truro looking to defend their title. The morning sees the group stages take place before the knockout stages take place after lunch. The final stages of this tournament will begin around 4pm before presentations are made that evening.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday sees the tournament schedule begin in full with the group stages of the U13, U15 and U17 tournaments. Along with our out of county visitors many Cornish clubs are represented in this section including the likes of St Just, Falmouth, Truro as well as some of the village sides such as Mt Ambrose, Mullion and Perranporth.
Walmley will be looking to defend their U13 title as they bring a squad with great depth and talent. Unfortunately due to last year’s exceptionally poor weather the U15 and U17 tournaments were not completed so these tournaments will be very open.
The order of play on these days sees the U13 and U15 tournaments run throughout the day from 9am with the U17 fixtures beginning at approximately 5pm each day and running throughout the evening.
After its success last year Tuesday will also see the staging of the U14 girl’s tournament as the festival once again seeks to expand participation in youth cricket in Cornwall. Finals days begin on Thursday with the conclusion of the U13 tournament either side of lunch before the U17 tournament is decided in the evening.
The festival then draws to a conclusion with U15 finals day throughout the day time on Friday. Throughout the festival catering and entertainment facilities will be provided for participants and spectators alike.
The festival committee would like to thank the sponsors of this event that include the Lord’s Taverners, Cornwall Cricket Ltd, The Lions Club and R Booth Ltd who help make this event possible.
They would also like to thank St Gluvias Cricket Club for all their hard work and support as well as Penryn Rugby and Football club who provide facilities. If you would like any more information regarding the festival please visit the relevant section on www.cornwallcricket.co.uk or call 07805 787858. During the festival St Gluvias Cricket Club can be contacted on 01326 374907.