DESPITE the previous day's heavy rain, the Jolly's Drinks Cornwall Cricket League East v West County Finals went ahead as scheduled on Saturday, under blue skies.
It was a good day again for the eastern section as they won four of the six games.
Helston won the division two final against Launceston at Wadebridge and in a remarkable game at Redruth, Praze seconds were the only other western section winners.
Ladock, Saltash, Luckett seconds and Calstock all triumphed elsewhere.
Division 2 – at Wadebridge
Helston 224-8 Launceston 163
HELSTON'S Dan Jenkin (36) and Stuart Pethick (30) put on 64 against the accurate opening attack of Kris Jasper and Sam Pengelly.
Chris Martin then anchored the innings making 68 off 90 balls before being seventh out with the score at 214.
Mark Thomas made 22 and Josh Ninnis, Luke Clark, Steve Jenkin and Steve Hosking all supported with double figures. Jasper took three for 52 and there were two each for Gavin Wallis and Ryan Crabb.
Opener Michael Diebner made 37 for Launceston but shortly after his dismissal they had slipped to 70 for five. Kevin Worth made 37 but Mark Jenkin wrapped up the tail as the innings ended on 163 all out, with four overs remaining. Peter Boyd did all the early damage taking the first five wickets for 43 off 12 overs. Mark Jenkin took four for 35.
Division 3 – at Paul
Gulval 156-8 Ladock 160-5
TWO fine all round individual performances saw Ladock's Alex Ridd and Gulval's Ben Ellis both make half centuries and pick up four wicket hauls respectively at Hutchens Park.
After Alex Westren made 31 Gulval lost their first four wickets for 69. However, Ellis (51) and Ryan Eddy (41) more than doubled the score, adding 80 for the fifth wicket.
Alex Ridd returned to take four for 35. Jonny Ridd took two for 15 from 11 overs. Andrew Wakeley (24) and Alex Ridd (51) then added exactly 100 for the first wicket before both fell without a run added.
Gulval youngster Ellis picked up four for 18 but the experienced Carl Murphy made 20 not out to see Ladock to victory by five wickets with 22 overs to spare. Having won division four last year, it was a second successive county title.
Division 4 – at Liskeard
Saltash 197 Botallack & St Levan 77
SALTASH completed a great season adding the county title to their Clive Rosevear Cup success in July.
After being 107 for five, Mark Partington-Smith made 38 and Mike Hodge 37 to boost the Saltash total up to 197. Paul Angove took four for 34 with two each for Dan Tregear, Rob Atkinson and Lee Penrose. The Botallack & St Levan innings was something of a procession as their last seven wickets fell for 36 runs. Ian Smith took six for 31 from his 12 overs.
Division 5 – at Mt Ambrose
Luckett II 156 Camborne III 80
ON their first ever visit to College Lane. Luckett made 156 all out off the last ball of their 48 overs. Steve Gold made 20 and Ashley Small 18 but it was Martin Brown that top scored.
He hit 48 before being ninth out at 151. Dale Williams, Lewis Goldsworthy, Tyler Martin and Tim Barker took two wickets each. Camborne had early problems at eight for three before Chris Traill made 13 and Ben Walters 27.
The end came quickly with the last four wickets all falling with the score on 80. Richard Brown took three wickets in four balls to end with three for 22.
Division 6 – at Tintagel
Gerrans 109, Calstock 112-6
CALSTOCK got revenge for last year's division seven final defeat by beating Gerrans by four wickets.
Gerrans were 33 for four and then 62 for seven, but recovered with Steve Hooper making 39. Number 9 Callum Grahamslaw was the only other player in double figures, making 15 off 42 balls.
Antony Goodwin took three for 22 and Dan Newman three for 21.
Calstock got to 59 before losing their second wicket, when Jon Lambert was caught and bowled for 19.
Four wickets fell for 12 runs including opener Ross Warner for 35. Luke Temple-Smith saw his side home with a run a ball 28 not out. Tristan Perry took three for 23 from ten overs and Simon Tilley two for 22.
Division 7 – at Redruth
Praze II 143-9 Milton Abbot 47
PRAZE triumphed against Milton Abbot after a remarkable comeback at Trewirgie.
They were in all sorts of trouble early on at 15 for five. Trevellyan Greenall and Ben Tunnicliffe (16) started the recovery putting on 81 for the sixth wicket.
Greenall went on to make 79 not out and with tailender David James getting into double figures the full 40 overs were batted out.
Nathan Patrick took three for 13 at the top of the innings with two each for Hallam Riggs and Philip Mansfield.
Milton Abbot were bowled out for just 47 in 21 overs with Neil Hotchkiss the only player in double figures. Josh Thomas took six for three, including a hat trick to end the game, and Brian Bawden two for 24.