Norfolk U17s 152, Cornwall U17s 155-7

Cornwall are through to a National Final for the second successive year after pulling off a tremendous win at Fakenham on Sunday.

The North Norfolk town might be more well known for its National Hunt racing but it was Cornwall that got up by a short head at Field Lawn, having had plenty to do a furlong out.

The target of 153 seemed modest but Cornish hopes suffered early setbacks losing Lewis Goldsworthy, Sam Wyatt, Alex Bone and Piran Kent for only 32.

George Bolland made 22 and Karl Leathley 33 but at 118-6 there was plenty to do. Will Trenoweth has averaged around 30 for the successful Hayle seconds this season while Matthew Ellis has been opening the batting for Rosudgeon in County Division One.

The pair combined to put on a vital 32 for the seventh wicket before Ellis was dismissed with three required. Trenoweth was unbeaten on 33.

In the Norfolk innings Werrington’s Dan Barnard made two early strikes. Lewis Goldsworthy’s 3-14 from ten overs reduced the home side to 70-7 before a late rally. Number nine Kieran Peters made 54 not out as the last wicket added 48. Kent took the final wicket to end with 3-31.

Cornwall have a long trek again this weekend to play Leicestershire & Rutland in the final on Sunday.

It is being staged at Nottingham’s Attenborough Cricket Club, which is about five miles south-west of Trent Bridge.

Cornwall: Sam Wyatt (Truro), Lewis Goldsworthy (Troon), Alex Bone (St Austell), George Bolland (Redruth), Piran Kent (Penzance), Karl Leathley (Helston), Will Trenoweth (Hayle), Matthew Ellis (Rosudgeon), Matt Lello (Hayle), Dan Barnard (Werrington), Ellis Whiteford (Redruth).