Ivamy has fingers crossed for Dalal arrival

 Ivamy has fingers crossed for Dalal arrival

14th April 2021

By Gareth Davies

Bullish Truro skipper Neil Ivamy says that the first target for his side this season is qualification for the Kernow Crash finals day.

With the 2021 competitive cricketing campaign starting here in Cornwall this coming Saturday, clubs in the Premier League, which include Truro and local rivals Grampound Road, will play in a T20 competition before starting their regular 50-over event.

Whilst Ivamy admits that Truro haven’t always shown their best form in the shortened format previously, he is confident that his side can at least do enough to make the semi-finals.

Speaking to the Voice on the eve of the new term starting, he said: “Historically, we haven’t been that great at T20 so I am hoping that with the team we have got this year, the first job will be to get to the Kernow Crash finals day. To do that we would need to finish in the top two of our group and we now have eight games against four teams. If we win a good percentage of those, we should qualify for the final’s day.

“After that, it is just a case of taking each game as it comes and see where we end up, I guess. I would like to think that we could finish in the top four of the Premier League, but ultimately, we will just have to see how the season progresses.

“Every game we play, I want my side to play to win. In a way, the T20 will act as pre-season, but we have aspirations of getting to finals day at least. I’m hoping that we can put our recent struggles in that form behind us and if we do that, we have a really good chance.”

Looking further ahead to the 50-over league, which starts with a match at home to Grampound Road, Ivamy once more predicted a season of success for Truro with the resigning of Cornwall skipper Scott Harvey and the impending arrival of Indian run-machine Rahul Dalal.

“I can’t see why we can’t challenge for the 50-over competition,” Ivamy added. “We have a stronger batting line-up than in previous years by signing Scott (Harvey) and Rahul (Dalal) when he comes over. Our youngsters that have done so well are another year older, more experienced and a lot stronger, so we have a really nice balance. Our bowling options are far more rounded with some nice seam and spin options.
“Selection will be a lot harder than in the past as everyone is keen to try and impress to win their place in the side.”

Ivamy also says that Harvey’s signing solves Truro’s wicketkeeper problems of previous years, whilst hoping that Dalal, who came close to breaking the run-scoring record of Indian great VVS Laxman, in the Ranji Trophy during 2019, could be seen in Truro colours early next month, although this would be dependent on covid-19 restrictions and travel from India to the United Kingdom.

“We have gone from not really having any wicket-keepers at the club to now having a few,” Ivamy enthused. “Obviously Scott is now back at the club and he is the Cornwall ‘keeper so he will certainly take the gloves.

“Rahul coming over is very exciting although we still do have to be cautious as covid has gone a bit crazy in India over the past few weeks. We are just praying that there no travel restrictions so we can get him here.

His visa is due to be approved somewhen this week and if that get approved, we will look to get him on a flight as soon as we can. He would have to do a self-isolation period and after that, he would be available for selection. In a perfect world, we plan him to play his first game in early May. That would mean he would play the final two weeks of the Kernow Crash before starting the Premier League. As I said, we are still being very cautious, but fingers crossed that everything will be fine.”