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CRICKET: Last duo put Helston to the sword in thriller
HELSTON were involved in another thriller on Saturday.
They lost off the last ball of the match at Wadebridge with the home side’s last wicket pair at the crease. The clash at Helston in early May was very similar as the hosts just won that one by two runs when the Wadebridge last pair just failed in their victory attempt.
Wadebridge, who had already tied two home games this season, just got over the line in their pursuit of 201 as Rob Centini and Andrew Barrett scrambled the single they needed off the last ball.
The home side had looked to be easing to victory when they were only 13 runs away with four wickets remaining, thanks to Nick Yelland’s 51, James Maycock’s 29 and a score of 27 from Tom McLachlan.
But Dan Jenkin took three wickets in four balls, including Charlie Ellis for 28, to set up a nervy finish. It left the home side’s last pair needing seven runs.
At the start of the innings, Tom Retallack had made two early breakthroughs. He bowled overseas player Phil Lill for 11 and then bowled Tom Brooks for four. Alex Kill picked up the middle order wickets of Maycock and Neil Richards while Ross Leathley accounted for dangerman Yelland.
In the Helston innings, Leathley fell to Centeni without scoring. The innings fell away to 62-5 after Kill was out for 28.
But an 83 run partnership rescued matter. Ben Rule hit eight fours in his 68 off 96 balls. He got great support from Retallack who made 38, including a six, off 107 balls.
Josh Ninnis hit 15 and Jordan Fulton scored 17 late on as the visitors posted a useful 200 for eight off a full fifty overs in mizzly conditions.
Tom Brooks picked up figures of two for 20, Phil Lill got two for 24 and Centini ended on two for 40 for the home side.
The defeat sees Helston drop a spot to fifth. They host Ludgvan at Beacon Park on Saturday.