Victorious Callington captain hails success of club merger
Victorious Callington captain hails success of club merger

Callington players celebrate their success; inset, 13-year-old Jacob Eldridge, who starred with the ball for St Neot Taverners, with dad Jamie PICTURES: PAUL WILLIAMS

21st July 2021

By Tom Howe

Captain Ross Braund says the merger between Saltash Town and Callington cricket clubs is working ‘perfectly’, as evidenced by Sunday’s Rosevear Cup winning performance.

In December 2020, it was announced that Saltash Town had agreed to merge with Callington after being faced with a shortage of players. Often a difficult thing to get right, the amalgamated team, which has become Callington’s third string, have taken it all in their stride.

As well as being runaway leaders in Division Three East, the team were able to add to their trophy cabinet when defeating St Neot Taverners by 34 runs, having beaten Grampound Road by nine wickets in the day’s earlier semi-final.

“We played really well in both games and did most things right – apart from dropping a few catches,” Braund told the Voice at stumps.

“We had a good couple of games and, both the teams we played, we respected them especially St Neot in the final.It is a lovely competition to win. That is five times for me now, four times for Saltash and now once for Callington. It has been really hot but thanks to Lanhydrock for putting on a great event. “

“For me, the joining together of Callington and Saltash has been perfect. It has worked out quite well and that shows. Everybody bowled well and everybody caught well. To be honest, we all shared [the responsibilities] around as a team.”

“[A merger] can be difficult but we have all come together and we have gelled. It shows by what we have won today and our league position. We are doing really well. It has worked perfectly and we will rest up for next Saturday, although I’m sure there will be a few drinks first.”

Braund helped himself to figures of 3-36 as Callington restricted Grampound Road to 112-7 in the day’s second semi-final, having watched Division Three East rivals St Neot dispatch St Blazey by 26 runs in the preceding fixture.

On neutral ground at Lanhydrock, Callington took 12.2 overs to chase down their opponent’s total with Toby Beresford-Power knocking 11 boundaries and a six on his way to 60 not out.

A large crowd had gathered for the day’s showpiece event which, in sweltering heat, got underway at 4.30 pm.

Put in to bat after losing the toss, Callington worked their way to 144-7 with Blaze Eigenmann, Leon Cole and James Moon each scoring 32 runs. Thirteen-year-old Jacob Eldridge did his best to disrupt the flow of Callington’s batting attack when taking 3-8, including the golden duck dismissal of Tom Neville.

Defending his team’s score, Braund took out another two batsmen to end on 2-23, while Jonathan Trembath (2-22), Eigenmann (1-13) and Cole (1- 23) also got in on the act.

After a good start, the run rate slowed and wickets fell at regular intervals to leave the Taverners shot on 110-7 and cue massive celebrations from the boys from Landulph.