CORNWALL were well beaten by Cumberland by 119 runs at Truro on Sunday in the MCCA Trophy quarter-final.
The visitors bounced back from losing their three year unbeaten championship record a few days earlier. They arrived in Truro at around 1.30am after a six hour coach trip from Greater Manchester.
It was earlier than anticipated as cricket in the north of England was washed on Saturday. There was no sign of travel fatigue, however, as on the day the best side won.
Conditions were still very damp at Boscawen Park after Saturday's rain and Tom Sharp had no hesitation in bowling on winning the toss.
Sam Hockin struck the first blow to get rid of Jonathan Miles for 14, in the seventh over, with Matt Robins holding the catch at mid wicket.
Keith Parsons, in an accurate spell, bowled Ryan Brown and when former Durham pro Gary Pratt was dismissed by Andrew Libby at 66 for three, in the 24th over, the signs were looking good.
Twenty-one-year-old opener Josh Tolley, who has just been playing for Derbyshire seconds, was batting well at the other end. Alex Atkinson (24) added 58 for the fourth wicket before being bowled by Dan Davis. James Smith played on to Sharp for two at 137 for five with ten overs remaining.
Sharp sustained a cut hand attempting a catch and had to leave the field. Following some hospital repairs, after the game, the good news is he should be ok for the weekend.
The visitors accelerated well in the closing overs. Chris Thompson fired 38 off 21 balls with a six and five fours. Tolley increased the tempo as well in a 66 run, sixth wicket stand in only seven overs.
Tolley went on to reach a deserved unbeaten century, making exactly 100 off 157 balls with a six and eight fours. He was the leading run scorer in the National Village Cup last year and helped his side, Woodhouses, win the Lord's final.
Cornwall used seven bowlers with six getting wickets. Alex Smeeth took two for 50 from ten overs. Keith Parsons came on first change, sending down six overs for 12 runs.
A further two overs at the death cost 14 runs. The spinners also did well. Andrew Libby conceded only 20 runs and Sharp 26 runs from their ten over spells.
In the conditions a target of 225 was more than enough and things got off to a bad start when Matt Robins was bowled in the second over for a single.
Richard Gleeson and Chris Williams bowled tight opening spells. David Roberts (19) and Dan Davis (12) took the total to 34 but they were contained to two runs per over.
Both went in quick succession. Cornwall were falling behind the clock and the contest was effectively decided when three wickets fell in as many overs for only two runs.
Keith Parsons was lbw to Thompson for eight. Chris Hunkin and Taylor Williams followed and at 58 for six off 26 overs that was just about that.
The injured Sharp belatedly came in at number eight to make 12 and Alex Smeeth and Andrew Libby got double figures to at least see the hundred up, as the game petered out.
Spinner Toby Bulcock took four for 32 and Thompson three for 15. With over 12 overs unused Cumberland were able to make an early start on the long trek home.
They face a trip to Bournemouth for the semi-final as Dorset beat Cheshire by 55 runs, while Wiltshire, who narrowly beat Devon, face Staffordshire at Leek.
Cornwall have little time for reflection, with the eagerly anticipated championship game with Devon at St Austell on Sunday (11am start).
Devon are the present champions and won their opening game against a youthful Wales MC team at Exmouth.
After the first two days were washed out a one innings game was played on the third day with Devon reaching the modest 125 target for the loss of five wickets.
It was a reverse story for Cornwall at Herefordshire where after an eventful opening day, when 23 wickets fell, the final two days succumbed to the weather.
It's understood that the young Notts and Troon player, Tom Rowe, who made such an impression last year, might be available for selection.