2017 was a successful and populous tour, with 25 players (including four debutants) involved in the seven games. We were unbeaten on tour and unbowed by the weather. Bugle worked hard to get us a game after the day before had rained hard and unrelentingly. We won a shortened game, after Duckworth and Lewis helped us set the home team a challenging post-tea target.
The rain returned halfway through Pencarrow's pursuit of 150 to win. The scoreboard suggested that they were struggling, but the reality was that their two best players were due in, and the game was nicely balanced. A tied 40-over match at The Deer Park was a nicely judged game, with generous gestures from both sides. Boconnoc's Kev Spencer held his nerve in the last over, dismissing Sid and then restricting Sam to a desperate but unsuccessful attempt at a short single to settle the match.
We ended up beating Methigion reasonably comfortably in Perranporth thanks to solid batting from Fraser, some late-innings acceleration from Dunc and Grumps, a sharp run out by Graham and wickets shared out amongst the bowlers. But it was a game that should probably never have begun, so inimical to cricket were the conditions at the start. After about ten overs, however, we were playing in sunshine, and the evening and game turned into excellent ones.
After two Cooks had built a respectable Mystics total, Saint Neot stuttered to 14 for five, and even the late addition of Liam Jones, first-team opener, couldn't save them from a sizeable defeat. There was medical and cricketing drama as we held our nerve to beat Lanhydrock. At Sidbury, Adi led us to a healthy total, and the Erratics were never really in the hunt, settling for a draw after losing quick wickets with 70-odd runs still needed. They retained the Chairman's Cup.
Sam, who played lots of games, scored useful runs, took valuable wickets and took that catch at Pencarrow, was the player of the tour and Tomity Pie was the supporter of the tour.