HELSTON’S long-awaited Premier 50/50 Cup final against Truro could be a run frenzy at Redruth on Sunday if this weekend’s scores were an accurate barometer.

Both teams piled up more than 300 runs, but the Beacon Park side’s Premier League win was particularly impressive at a rejuvenated Penzance.

Skipper Dan Jenkin said: “It was probably our best win of the season. People are saying we’re in the title race now, but I’m not so sure about that. We’re going well and we’re enjoying it and everyone is putting their hand up and playing their part.”

South African Lionel Vaaltyn’s recent promotion to number three paid off, as he hit a splendid unbeaten century and put on a second-wicket stand of 109 with Jenkin (66).

“He’s quite a shy chap and when he came over he was happy to bat at six or seven, but he’s been so consistent that I wanted to put him up the order because we haven’t always got off to good starts.

“A solid platform at the top means that the younger guys lower down the order can come in and play their shots and it worked perfectly against Penzance.”

Truro mauled winless Newquay, racking up 318-4 thanks to former Falmouth opener Adrian Noott’s unbeaten 115. He put on 139 with Tom Sharp (71) before the hosts were dismissed for just 85, with left-arm spinner Neil Ivamy taking four wickets for just four runs in 5.3 overs against his old club.

“Truro are obviously a very good side, but the result is not going to make or break our season on Sunday. We’re desperate to win it and we’ll be disappointed if we lose, but it’s a bonus to be in the final,” Dan added.

The Leathley brothers Ross and Karl will be available again this weekend, while Tom Retallack and James Rowe are also back in contention, which gives Jenkin options given that they also have a game on Saturday at home to Grampound Road.

Truro host Penzance on Saturday.

Sunday’s final begins at 1pm. Another week of dry weather and the umpires may well need a healthy supply of spare balls.