Matt finishes off Mears Ashby

The seconds made it two wins on the trot for Skipper Ryan Knight  with a quite magnificent run chase at Mears Ashby.

Ryan won the toss and elected to field on a lovely warm and sunny afternoon. Adam Lee-Brown struck early on thanks to a Syd Mason catch but it merely brought in the Ashby number 3 who had clearly played the game before as he quickly got into his stride and was brutal on anything short or wide. Tony Bird back from injury produced a master class on how to bowl on a flat pitch with his 13 overs going for just 24 and picking up 2 victims in the process. The Ashby batsmen were now in full flow but despite a century from the hard hitting number 3 the Cooks stuck to their task and once Russ Coleman accounted for the Ashby centurian thanks to a Tony Bird slip catch the wickets began to tumble. Russ took 3 wickets as did Ryan whilst Keith Parsons claimed 3 victims behind the stumps although he did miss the flying bail that gave him a nice little nick above the eye. Roy Quennell kept up his catch a game ratio as Mears Ashby ended their 45 overs on 260-9.

Despite the task ahead of them and the fact that no Cogenhoe seconds team had ever chased down such a large total confidence was high in the dressing room at tea  ( wasn’t it DP ) due to the fact that the wicket was flat and one side of the ground had a fairly short boundary.

Russ Coleman and Matt Golby got Cogenhoe off to a superb start batting sensible and waiting for the bad ball. It was clear that the lack of chatter coming from the Mears Ashby players that they did not believe they could defend such a large total. Even when Russ departed for 34 , Cogenhoe did not panic and Skipper Ryan just carried on what Russ had started and blasted a powerful 52 before giving the Ashby slip some gently catching practice. At the other end Matt Golby was producing an innings of some quality. Powerful hitting mixed with some glorious drives saw the ball despatched to various fields around the ground and a couple of lost balls. Matt is one of lifes nice guys and a very popular member of our club and his second Cogenhoe century was greeted with a standing ovation from the Cogenhoe players who recognised his innings quality and importance. The Cogenhoe reply was galloping along at 8 an over and with Ashley Davis 14 no joining Matt at the crease the two of them calmly saw Cogenhoe home in the 34 th over for a sensational victory.

Not so long ago a Cogenhoe seconds side facing that sort of a challenge would have collapsed and given up, but the attitude of Skipper Ryan that no game is ever lost has rubbed off on the team and confidence is very high. Well done to everyone connected with the seconds on a great couple of weeks lets keep that momentum going.

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