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Gardner enhances growing reputation

Cogenhoe entertained Derngate at Compton Park last night in a most enjoyable and lively 20/20 friendly fixture.

Batting first Derngate got off to a decent start against the youthful Cogenhoe attack of Liam Knight Ashley Davis , Adam Lee-Brown and Chris Towler, with Chris particularly impressive and unlucky not to pick up a wicket.

With the score on 39-0 from 8 overs stand in skipper Paul Browning turned to the experience of Wayne Gardner in an effort to get in amongst the Derngate top order and just like DHL Wayne delivered with a double wicket maiden. Not satisfied with that Wayne followed up with a single wicket maiden before finishing his allotted 3 overs with another wicket and the incredible figures of 3-2-6-4 and in the process giving first team skipper Dan McLaughlin a big nudge as an alternative to the more frequently used Gareth Goddard. Derngate recovered from their mini collapse mainly thanks to the bowling of Henry and Teffers and in the end posted 111-6 with Nick Lester claiming the other two victims. Credit to Andy P and Nick who retired on 27 and 25 respectively for Derngate, whilst for Cogenhoe Mark Bird excelled behind the stumps as did Liam in the field  but the star man was David Towler who flung himself all over the park.

The Cooks response to chasing down 112 was to send in two men whose combined ages were almost the same. A steady start was brought to an end when Roy Quennell  was dismissed by a wonder ball that was quick, swinging, seamed , hit a crack in the wicket but ultimately was perfectly straight and he missed it playing a forward defensive………shocking. Charlie Bryant batted like a man half his age but now has the body of someone twice his age but his 13 runs were most entertaining but with the opening pair gone it was time for the men of ability to bat. Adam stroked a lovely 25 , whilst Mark smashed an effortless 28 whilst Wayne gave gully some catching practice.

Ashley then looked quite imperious much to Johnny Wootton’s disgust as he struck the ball very sweetly. All that was left was for Henry to come in and finish the job. After a 5 ball sighter Henry launched the first of two huge sixes as the Cooks closed in on victory. With the glory of scoring the winning run at stake Henry and Ash began turning 2’s into singles and much to the delight of the watching crowd Henry got out Henried by Ash who fininshed the game with a four in the 17 th over.


All in all a most enjoyable evenings cricket played as you would expect in a great spirit.

7 thoughts on “Gardner enhances growing reputation”

  1. Oy Dan………..sssshhhhhhhhh!!!!!

    Pace, swing…………………and off 4 paces without a hop, skip and a jump before i bowl!!!!!!

    Top report Roy…….was a bad night for my new pink bat though!!!!

  2. Malcolm Browning

    Who was that right arm over bowler? Ive not seen swing like that since seeing Jason Roberts in the shower!!! Think they called him wayne….but they surely cant of as Dan said he was a rubbish bowler…………………………………………………………………..sorry Dan..think you’ve just become 3rd change!!!!!

  3. There’s only room for one ocassional medium slow bowler with a paunch in the side Gaz…….and I already bowl you!!!!

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