We are delighted that our three patrons are Clive Radley (England and Middlesex CCC – Clive scored well over 25,000 runs in his First Class career), Liam Norwell (the current Warwickshire CCC fast bowler and Cornwall bred) and Jake Libby (the current Worcestershire CCC batsman). The Trust is immensely grateful for their support and encouragement.
Clive was a England, Middlesex and Norfolk Minor County Cricket player. Clive played for England in eight tests making his debut against New Zealand in 1977-78 at the age of 34. Clive played his First Class cricket for Middlesex County and made 559 appearances in all.
Clive was classed as a determined and hard working batsman who had his England career cut short through injury. Playing under Mike Brearley’s England side in 8 tests, Clive averaged a an excellent 48.10, scoring two hundreds and two fifties, with a highest score of 158 against New Zealand.
Clive’s brief test career came to an end in the 1978-79 tour of Australia when he was hit on the head in the first test of the series. Clive went on to play for Middlesex County well into his 40’s, scoring more than 26,441 runs. On his retirement from playing Clive become the MCC Head Coach which ended in 2009.
Clive has said about being involved with The Cornwall Cricket Trust,
“When the Trust asked me to be its first Patron I jumped at the chance. I hope that all Cornish cricket lovers will join me in supporting the new venture so that as many aspiring cricketers as possible can benefit”.
Liam is currently playing First Class cricket at Warwickshire County Cricket Club. Born in Bournemouth but brought up in Redruth, Cornwall, Liam made his first class debut in 2011 against Derbyshire at the age of 19. Liam is a right arm seamer and on debut; Liam took a very impressive six wickets for 46 runs in 11 overs, and has best figures of six for 33.
Liam has had some success worth the bat also, recording his maiden First-Class hundred in 2016 against Derbyshire, scoring 102 as a night watchman. Liam also holds the record for the 10th wicket partnership at Gloucestershire when batting at No.11, when he made 78 in a stand of 137 with Craig Miles.
Liam has played 55 First Class matches and in total taken 189 wickets at 29.63 so far.
Liam played his junior and senior cricket for Redruth Cricket Club in Cornwall before
progressing to the Gloucestershire Academy and in to their First Class squad. Liam also went through the Cornwall Schools Cricket Association consistently taking wickets over the seasons at an average of just over 20.
When asked to be a Patron of the Cornwall Cricket Trust Liam mentioned,
“Grassroots cricket in Cornwall has a place close to my heart, it’s where I learnt the game and fell in love with the game. I am delighted to be asked to be a Patron because it means I can help give back to something that’s given me so much.”
Jake Libby (born 3 January 1993) is an English cricketer. He is a right-handed batsman who plays for Worcestershire County Cricket Club.
Born to parents Debbie and Paul, brother to Aidan Libby first played a Devon Premier League match in July 2008, before becoming a regular with Callington in the Cornwall Premier League from 2009. He played for Callington until 2014, while also representing Cornwall in minor counties cricket debut from 2011 to 2014.
Libby attended Cardiff Metropolitan University to study Sports Science, where he secured a 2:1 grade. He failed to make the team for Cardiff MCCU in his first two years at the University, before breaking into the side in his third-year. He made first-class debut against Glamorgan on 1 April 2014, scoring 5 and 11* in two innings as the match was drawn. The following week he scored 65 in another draw against Gloucestershire.
Following the end of the MCCU season, Libby returned to playing cricket in Cornwall. In July 2014 he was offered a trial at Nottinghamshire on the recommendation of his coaches in Cornwall and at Cardiff MCCU. On 15 July 2014, the first day of his Second XI Championship debut he scored 225* for Notts against Warwickshire. Off the back of his form in the second XI, he secured a two-year contract with the club.
On 15 September 2014 Libby made his County Championship Division One debut for Nottinghamshire against Sussex. Opening the batting, he scored 108 in his side’s first innings, becoming the first Nottinghamshire player to score a century on debut since 1946. He spent the 2014–15 English off-season playing first grade cricket in Tasmania, averaging 82.6 with the bat and 13.8 with the ball.
“Many thanks for asking me to become a patron, it’s something I am honoured to be part of. Just happy to help and give back to a county which gave me so much. Sounds fantastic I will endeavour to help in any way that I can don’t hesitate to ask, I look forward to attending some of the events and if I can make it I will try my upmost to be there particularly the golf day!! I am very excited to watch the trust grow and hope I can aid towards its progress in the coming years.”