The Chairman of Cornwall Council’s Councillors versus Officers Cricket Match 2014

On Friday, the annual Chairman of Cornwall Council’s councillors versus officers cricket match took place. This game was kindly hosted by Truro Cricket Club who bravely let a bunch of rank-amateurs loose on their hallowed wicket. Unlike last year, when the councillors were soundly beaten, this year the councillor’s team lost by two wickets in a 25 overs match. Considering only two of the councillor’s team actually play the game – unlike most of the officers team – I am going to take this as a good result!

There are actually two parts to this event. The first is a bake and sale event in which homemade cakes are brought in, judged and sold. The other is the cricket match. As with all events, there is also a raffle. For this charity event, the Chairman wanted to support the Invictus Trust; a charity supporting teenagers with mental health issues. The event raised a whopping £714.95. This is a staggering amount raised in one day.

The event would not be the success it is without the support of those members of staff who baked cakes, sold raffle tickets and generally helped out. So huge thanks should go to: Jacquie, Sarah, Vicky, Nicky, Wendy, Mandy, Jane, Helen and Elaine (no doubt I will leave a name or two out and get in trouble!) who helped make this event a success.

The Chairman of Cornwall Council Charity Cricket Match

Last Friday saw the reinstatement – after a hiatus of five years – of the Chairman of Cornwall Council Members versus officers cricket match.

The Councillors team were ‘pressed’ from the various political groups at Cornwall Council. Many of which had not held a cricket bat since they were at school.

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The match was kindly hosted by Truro CC who allowed their wicket to be abused by many of the batsmen.

As for the match, it was a light-hearted event with a lot of good natured sledging. However, most of the sledging came from the Councillors highlighting the lack of skill within their own team.

After 20 overs, much of it in the rain, the officers took the honours by 12 runs. Of course the ‘political spin’ to this win was the Councillors allowed the win as part of an officer moral boosting exercise. However from anyone watching the game would have quickly realised the Councillors team – apart from four members – lacked any skill. To highlight this, the Councillors got more Ducks than is found on the average duck pond.

The good news to the match is it raised £900 for the Chairmans Charity. Which is a fantastic achievement. A huge congratulations to all those who organised this successful event.