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Steve Adshead sent Herefordshire on their way to a five-wicket win over Cornwall with a partnership of 70 with Chris Boroughs

Brad Wadlan struck a career-best unbeaten 74 to lead Herefordshire to a five-wicket victory over Cornwall in their Minor Counties Championship match at Truro.

Chasing 244 in just 42 overs, Dave Exall, who hit 41, and Ben Stebbings put on 79 for the first wicket before Steve Adshead and Chris Boroughs added 70 to set up Herefordshire’s run-chase.

Wadlan completed the victory in emphatic style by striking 10 fours and a six in his 57-ball innings to give his side their fourth win from five visits to Truro.

After winning the toss, Cornwall limped to 100 for five with Fred Eburah taking 5-38 in 15 overs.

However, Tom Rowe hit his maiden century and shared in a partnership of 88 with Taylor Williams before Cornwall were bowled out for 223.

In reply, Herefordshire lost Stebbings and Adshead cheaply as they slipped to 10 for two, but Exall, who made 111, and Chris Boroughs, with 113, put on a record 237 for the third wicket.

After the pair departed, Andrew Libby finished with figures of 6-58 as Herefordshire were dismissed for 305, a lead of 82.

Cornwall were in trouble at two for three after Callum Stewart ripped through the top order, but Rowe and skipper Thomas Sharp shared a fifth-wicket record partnership of 161 before the former was dimissed for 69.

Sharp completed his century before declaring to leave Herefordshire with a challenging chase.

Exall and Stebbings, with 30, gave Herefordshire an excellent start but their progress was checked when they were both dismisssed within 6 ballls of each other.

Adshead and Boroughs added 70, before Wadlan took centre stage, taking the aerial route before eventually finishing the game in style by hitting two successive fours off Alex Smeeth.