On this Day 22nd August 1887

Trewellard v Penzance

On the face of it Trewellard v Penzance does not sound like a very even match but then neither did Hereford United v Newcastle United in 1972 and…...well, enough said.

But 22nd August 1887 did not see an upset on the scale of Edgar Street 1972, in fact there was no upset at all in a match which “resulted in an easy victory for Penzance by 36 runs.” Penzance batted first and made 111 of which their professional, Henwood, contributed a decisive 50. In reply Trewellard managed only 63 with Extras registering the top score of 22 and Christophers the only man to reach double figures on 13. The Trewellard innings also included three run outs and a four wicket hall for Jenkins who had a fine match and repeated the performance in the second innings.

With a first innings lead of 48, Penzance seem to have approached the second innings in a devil-may-care fashion. Both openers, Bolitho (17) and White (13), were run out and were the only men to get into double figures. The professional Henwood made only 7, at number three, second time around. For Trewellard Harvey took four wickets but a Penzance score of 78 left Trewellard needing needing 127 to win in the final innings.

Trewellard again got off to a poor start quickly losing the first three batsmen for 3, 4 and 2 respectively. Captain Eddy struck 12 and Grenfell top scored with 28 not out, the game's second highest tally, before Trewellard eventually succumbed 90 all out to lose by 36 runs.

The fielding of T Nankervis was singled out for praise by the Cornishman's reporter who forbore to mention the 40 extras conceded by Penzance, as against the home team's miserly tally of 6.

Interestingly the game was played on a Monday, Penzance having trounced Truro on the preceding Friday. The same Monday saw the Penzance East End Regatta and Harbour Sports which lasted from 2pm to about 8pm. Thursday 18 August had seen the St Ives Swimming Association annual matches off Porthminster beach, Penzance swimming Jack Carkeek, champion Cornish wrestler (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Jack_Carkeek.JPG#/media/File:Jack_Carkeek.JPG)enthusiasts making the trip by a special excursion train courtesy of God's Wonderful railway. A fine long weekend for the sporting enthusiast then, who could have further indulged themselves with a trip to Plymouth for a wrestling match between Jack Carkeek, Champion of America, and Thomas Bragg, Champion of England. Needless to say, this was Cornish wrestling and Carkeek – no prizes for guessing that he was a Cornishman – won the contest in style, much to the satisfaction of the large crowd.

Cornishman 25 August 1887

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