Cornish grit to the fore
Tuesday 25 June 1996
As he looked forward to the St Austell clash, on cricket's equivalent of FA Cup third round day, 35-year-old Furse recalled the horrific aftermath of last year's tie against Middlesex.
Following the 104-run defeat, also at St Austell, Furse, an outdoor caterer, returned to the ground with his girlfriend to pick up his hot dog van. "While I was there I thought I'd have a cup of tea," Furse said. "But as soon as I lit the match, the trailer blew up!
"We were both badly burned - I suffered 25 per cent burns and needed skin grafts. I spent the next four weeks in hospital. Some people were writing me off, but I always thought I'd play again."
A full house of 5,000 is expected today, and the holders may just struggle with a crop of injuries. Captain Dermot Reeve (hip) will have a late fitness test but Warwickshire are definitely without Nick Knight (broken finger), Tim Munton (back) and wicketkeeper Keith Piper, who has a chipped bone in his right hand.
Cornwall also have problems as two players with county experience - the former Essex and Worcestershire batsman Adam Seymour and ex-Durham all- rounder Mark Briers - will be missing due to injury.
Other romantic ties are at March, Carlisle, Sleaford, Aston Rowant and Stone, where minor counties host first-class opposition in what are sure to be festival atmospheres.
Sussex travel to Belfast to meet Ireland, while the Netherlands visit The Oval to play Surrey. There is also a northern battle between Durham and Scotland at Chester-le-Street.
Devon, who are led by the former Somerset captain Peter Roebuck, and have won the Minor Counties Championship for the last two years, take on Essex at Chelmsford.
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