TO say Beacon and Helston have been evenly matched this year is something of an under statement.
In the game at Beacon Park in early June Helston scored 252 and Beacon passed it for the loss of six wickets, off the penultimate ball of the match.
There was just a thrilling finale to the return encounter at Tolcarne Road on Saturday. This time it was Beacon that got past the 250 mark batting first.
It was not quite enough however as Helston got home by six wickets off the final ball of the match to gain their eighth win of the campaign.
They have moved above Gorran into fourth spot, 55 points behind the leaders Penzance with seven games to play.
Gorran lost to third placed Wadebridge on Saturday while Penzance beat nearest rivals Hayle to extend their lead at the top of the table.
Beacon elected to bat and made a good fist of it with eight batsmen into double figures. Rob Trembath passed 10,000 league runs for the club, in making 28.
He was first to go at 58 with Dan Jenkin getting the breakthrough. James Gool made 45 and Jordan Thomas hit a maiden fifty.
Steve Jenkin took three for 41 and Tom Retallack two for 57.
For Helston Dan Jenkin and Ross Leathley got their innings off to a great start putting on 103 before Jenkin was out to Kris Martin for 72, that included two sixes and 12 fours.
Leathley made an unbeaten 87 off 167 balls with ten fours.
He was well supported by Chris Martin, who scored 21, and Ben Rule, who hit 36, in stands of 60 and 75 for the second and third wickets.
After Steve Jenkin was bowled for three Josh Ninnis made seven not out as Helston got across the line in a last gasp finish. Martin took two for 47.
They are at home to Gorran on Saturday in what should be a good encounter.