Helston cricketers in good heart ahead of county final
HELSTON'S cricketers will go into Saturday's County 2 final against Launceston at Wadebridge (1pm) in good heart after they completed their title winning Division 2 West season with a comfortable six-wicket win at Truro II.
It was Helston's 17th Division 2 West win of a superb season and saw them finish a massive 46 points clear of their nearest rivals at the top of the table.
Winning the toss, they asked their hosts to bat and it was not long before Peter Boyd had removed opener Simon Burrell and captain Mark Adams to leave Truro struggling on 30 for two.
Stuart McNair joined Julian Bose and they put together a 51 run stand before McNair was out for 23 and he was followed Mark Thomas who was run out by a direct hit from Chris Martin and leaving the City side on 81 for four. Richard Brabyn shared a 44 run stand with Bose until Boyd struck with his third wicket having Bose caught by Tom Retallack for a top score of 64 at 125 for five.
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The middle order rallied, with Brabyn making 39 and Gary Richardson 23 as the score reached 187 for seven.
Daniel Ferris with 11 and Ian Bishop with eight took the total to 200 and then the last three wickets fell for no runs with Tom Retallack taking two and Ross Leathley one.
Peter Boyd took three for 48 off 11 overs to bring his wicket-taking tall to 49 for the season.
Tom Retallack had three for 37 off 11.3, Steve Jenkin two for 45 off 12 overs and Ross Leathley one for 28 off four overs.
In reply, Helston lost their first wicket at 19 with Stuart Pethick out, and Chris Martin followed at 47 for two.
Captain Dan Jenkin was joined by Ross Leathley and a stand of 134 followed with Jenkin hitting his fifth century of the season and pass 1,300 runs in the process.
Leathley supported his captain well and batted with great maturity before he was bowled by Bose for 36 which included five fours with the score on 181 for three wickets and the game in the bag.
Jenkin followed soon after for 121 which included 21 boundaries at 187 for four. Mark Thomas with four not out and with Josh Ninnis (11 no) knocked off the runs needed for victory with Helston finishing on 201 for four in the 40th over.
Bowling for Truro Chris Pell took two wickets for 43 off 11 overs while Bose and Richardson had one apiece.
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