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Helston Cricket Club add cup glory to league title
It’s one thing to reach a final but even better to win it, and that’s what Helston achieved on Saturday to cap a superb season.
They took on Launceston in the division two county final at Wadebridge, and ran out comfortable winners by 61 runs.
Chris Martin played an important, patient innings to get a 200 plus total on the board. Then Peter Boyd knocked over the North Cornwall club’s top five to set up the victory, which came with four overs remaining.
Despite the heavy rain of the previous day an excellent effort by the groundstaff at Egloshayle Road saw play get underway on time under, thankfully, blue skies.
Dan Jenkin and Stuart Pethick put on 64 for the first wicket, but they had to be watchful of the accurate opening attack of Kris Jasper and Sam Pengelly.
The breakthrough came when Pethick was stumped off the bowling of Gavin Wallis for 30.
Dan Jenkin’s most impressive season with the bat ended when he reached 36, with the score at 79. Wallis picked up his second wicket.
The rest of the innings was all about Martin. He anchored it making 68 off 90 balls before being seventh out with the score at 214. He hit six boundaries and got some good support down the order with a series of useful partnerships. Mark Thomas (22), Josh Ninnis (10), Luke Clark (12) and Steve Jenkin (10) all contributed.
Steve Hosking added some late runs before was out off the last ball of the innings for 15. Jasper took three for 52 and there were two wickets each for Gavin Wallis and Ryan Crabb.
The Launceston innings could hardly have got off to a better start from a Helston perspective, with Ian Searle removed by Boyd with only two on the board.
Sam Pengelly joined Michael Diebner to add 36 for the second wicket but two quick strikes from Boyd put Helston on top.
Dan Jenkin held a second catch to dismiss Pengelly for 16 then Wallis was trapped in front for a single.
Diebner and Crabb took the total to 67 before Boyd removed them both within four runs. He bowled Diebner for 37 in an innings that included a six and five fours. When Crabb was held by Mark Jenkin it was 71 for five and the writing was on the wall.
Kevin Worth was not prepared to give it up however and hit a six and five fours in his 37 made off 51 balls. Mark Jenkin got the breakthrough and soon had Dan Tilley caught by his son, Steve, for seven.
Tom Retallack got into the act bowling Kris Jasper for 12.
Mark Jenkin wrapped up proceedings to end with four for 35. It was Boyd that did all the early damage taking the first five wickets for 43 off twelve overs.
Retallack took one for 30 from ten overs and spinner Steve Jenkin had little luck in conceding 39 runs in twelve overs. Skipper Dan Jenkin received the Jewell Trophy, in addition to the Arthur Kent Cup, to cap a memorable season.
Providing the all clear is given by the Grounds Association that all the necessary facilities are up to scratch Helston have County Division cricket to look forward to next year for the first time since their withdrawal from the Premier League in 2005.