Third time unlucky for Lancashire

A rueful Warren Spragg and the Lancashire team leave the field at Twickenham after the final loss.

A rueful Warren Spragg and the Lancashire team leave the field at Twickenham after the final loss.

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Lancashire 13, Cornwall 18

Lancashire 13, Cornwall 18

Lancashire’s domination of rugby union’s County Championship is at end.

Playing in their seventh final in a row and with 12 Fylde players in the squad, they were below par until much too late as Cornwall gained revenge for the dismay of losing the last two finals of the Bill Beaumont Cup against the Red Rose at Twickenham.

Lancashire gave it all they could in the final minutes of the contest after trailing 18-6, but they left themselves with far too much to do, even though skipper Evan Stewart gave them reason to hope with a converted try with eight minutes remaining.

It was a valiant rally by Lancashire, but the lead was too much of a handicap to overcome, leaving them to ponder what would have happened if they had got cracking much earlier.

It was only in the final quarter that they managed to get any kind of attacking cohesion, but Cornwall held out and were deserved victors on the day.

Matt Shepherd proved to be the Cornish match-winner, garnering 15 points, including two opportunist tries.

Before Lancashire’s converted try, Steve Collins and Chris Johnson had kicked a penalty apiece.