Cornwall beat Cheshire at Truro on Tuesday evening by 75 runs, just before tea, writes Michael Weeks.

It was thanks to a man of the match performance from skipper Matt Rowe. He had to retire not out in the morning after receiving a blow to the head when on 93.

After a hospital check up he returned to bowl Cornwall to victory, taking six for 69 from 24 overs to end with match figures of 11 for 132.

Cheshire required 299 and were well placed at 103-1 at lunch, but were dismissed for 223. Bowling in tandem fellow spinner Andrew Libby took four for 79 from 29 overs. There were six lbws in the innings and 15 in the match.

Cornwall had made 245 all out on a hot opening day with 18 overs unused. A number of batsmen ‘got in’ but no-one could make the really big score.

Tom Rowe (57), Scott Harvey (37), Lewis Goldsworthy (33) and Sam Wood (33) all made useful contributions. Opening bowler Wayne White took five for 78.

Cheshire were going well at 81-2 but lost three wickets in the last half hour of an extended day.

Starting the second day at 94-5 the visitors dug in to make 232 before being bowled out just after lunch. Matt Rowe took five for 63.

Cornwall might have been disappointed with only a 13-run lead but openers Matt Robins and Lewis Goldsworthy wasted no time in adding to the tally. They put on 57 in nine overs before Goldsworthy was leg before for 25.

An over later Robins was trapped by the left arm spin of Woods, off the final ball of his second over. Tom Rowe hit a couple of fours but fell to Woods in the next over for 12. That made it 72-3 but Matt Rowe and Sam Wood added 118 before Wood fell to his namesake for 51 off 106 balls.

Paul Smith, Scott Harvey and Adam Hodgson went cheaply in the final hour to leave Rowe unbeaten on 74. They were 285 all out on Tuesday morning after 40 minutes play with Woods ending with seven for 65.

The win takes Cornwall to fourth in the table with two games to play at Banbury and Usk.