A TENSE finish was played out at Truro as Cornwall and Wales Minor Counties drew their Unicorn Championship match.

When the umpires finally called time in the rain affected game, the hosts needed just five runs to win but the Welshmen were just one wicket away from victory.

Wales in their second innings yesterday made 197 for 9 declared, having at one stage been 66 for 6. Neil Ivamy took 5 for 91.

Set 291 to win Cornwall were 214-4 with around 13 overs remaining before losing a flurry of wickets, including Jacob Libby who scored 112, to find themselves on 284-9.

The not out batsmen Lewis Sanders and Neil Ivamy were unable to knock off the last few runs to win, but at the same time made sure they did not get out.

Christian Purchase was out for 101 having hit eight sixes and eight fours off 61 balls. His maiden county century. Jake Libby was 83 not out.

Wales made 235 on the first day with 104 from Greg Holmes, son of ex-Glamorgan player Geoff Holmes.

Cornwall’s batting disappointed as they were dismissed for 142 with a partnership between Christian Purchase (48) and Alex Smeeth (37) the only highlight.

Wales were unable to start their second innings on day two as rain set in at lunchtime with play abandoned for the day at 3.15pm.