HELSTON CC were beaten by four wickets at home to Penzance in their latest friendly match on Saturday.

Karl Leathley’s 41 runs set Helston on their way to a score of 117 before they were bowled out after 36 overs, with Thomas Wells’ 42 not out ensuring the 2019 Cornwall Premier League champions met their target in the 31st over.

Leathley did well by scoring 41 but had lost five team-mates by the time he departed.

Mark Jenkin was the only over member of the home side to rack up more than ten runs, scoring 25 before being dismissed by Mathew Lawrence, who took four wickets.

Penzance suffered a poor start to their reply, in which they lost their first three batsmen for just 14 runs and their first six batsmen for just 68 runs.

But Wells came in and turned the game around with his 42 not out score, with Greg Smith adding 14 not out alongside him as the visitors edged their way to victory after 30.2 overs.

The two teams will meet again in x weeks after being drawn together in League 1 West of the Bond Timber Trophy.

Falmouth enjoyed a 40-run victory at home to last year’s Cornwall Premier League runners-up Redruth.

The home side reached 176-4 in their allotted 30 overs with Antony Angove leading the way with a fine 92, before adding three wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 136 in their reply.

St Just were victors in their friendly match at 2019 County Division 1 champions Camborne, winning by nine wickets.

Richards top-scored for Camborne with 68 as they reached 200-8 in their 40 overs, with the visitors, aided by a superb 91 not out from Philip Nicholas, reaching their target in the 34th over.

All six teams will play each other over the next few weeks after being drawn together in League 1 West of the Bond Timber Trophy.

St Gluvias lost by 26 runs at Mount Hawke and Porthtowan in their first match of the year.

Simon Smith (33no) and Ben Pascoe (32no) were top scorers as the home side made 143 for the loss of four runs from their 30 overs, and despite opener Gabriel Williamson’s 41 not out, the visitors could only reach 117 by the time their innings was over.