Sunday’s marvellous end to the third Ashes test put cricket back among the top national headlines for the second time in six weeks.

With more than 70 runs needed and only one wicket remaining, things looked bleak for England, who were staring at a second, Ashes series-losing defeat.

But Ben Stokes – and let’s not forget the efforts of Jack Leach, though – somehow rescued victory from the jaws of defeat with a herculean 135 not out, a feat that was plastered on every front and back page of just about every national newspaper going.

This is yet another boost for cricket’s profile, after the dramatic super-over victory in the World Cup final, of which Stokes was again at the forefront, got England fans celebrating earlier in the summer.

The latest success gives me the opportunity to shine a light on the local stories currently being written as the latest Cornwall Cricket League reaches its climax.

Falmouth will need their own last-gasp Hollywood-style story if they are to avoid finishing bottom of the Premier League and avoid potential relegation. Falmouth have lost all but one of their matches this season, but it looks like next Saturday’s final-day showdown with relegation rivals Callington will determine their fate.

Helston’s story in County 1 is more a story of redemption, after the reigning champions battled back from five defeats in their first six matches to reach the welcoming arms of mid-table safety, and possibly a top-six finish.

Perranarworthal’s season is going to go right to the wire. They are locked in a three-way title fight in Division 3 West and are just four points off the top with just two games to play.

Helston seconds are also desperately trying to avoid the drop at the other end.

Who will be the Ben Stokes (or Jack Leach) for our respective teams as their seasons reach boiling point? Time to find out...