HELSTON scored an emphatic win over bottom club Stithians on Saturday at Beacon Park by 263 runs.

It keeps them in third spot in the table, seven points behind Hayle, whom they entertain on Bank Holiday Monday. Before that they have a tricky clash at Roche on Saturday.

Helston got off to a great start with Dan Jenkin and Ross Leathley putting on 165 for the first wicket.

Jenkin completed his second league century of the campaign. Just after he was dismissed by Kieren Webber for 110, that included three sixes and 13 fours of 87 balls.

Chris Martin joined Leathley and the pair took the total to 263 before the second wicket fell.

After facing 105 balls, Leathley was caught off slow bowler Colin Weeks for 70, having hit seven boundaries.

Ben Rule hit 21 at a run a ball, but it was Martin that dominated the rest of the innings.

He went on to make 128, with two sixes and 16 fours, off just 66 balls. He was bowled by Ben Tann shortly before the close.

Tann then picked up a second wicket, bowling Josh Ninnis for two. Tommy Sturgess remained unbeaten on 17 in the huge total of 383-5 in the fifty overs. Tann took two for 63.

In contrast, the Stithians innings got off to a poor start. Thaddeus Greasley was bowled by Sturgess for a duck in the third over.

Tann followed for five and Shane Lean became a second victim for Sturgess at 14-3. Callum Martin made 23 and Harry Burley 32 to get the total to 97 before the fifth wicket fell.

The end came quickly after however as the last six wickets fell for 23 runs. Jordan Fulton wrapped up proceedings taking five for 22, his third five wicket haul of the season.

Sturgess took two for 19 from six overs and there was one each for Tom Retallack, Boyd and Steve Jenkin.