Dan doesn’t lose the toss

Great news this weekend as Dan did not lose the toss on Saturday, mainly thanks to the rain and the fact that the first teams match at home to Towcestrians II was abandoned without a ball being bowled. This capped a miserable couple of weeks for the first team who despite some cracking form with the bat are being frustrated by stubborn batting, losing the toss and in East Haddons case an inspired 7 th wicket stand.

At home to Harlestone on July 2 nd Dan lost the toss and we were duly put into bat. 45 overs later we had amassed 250-4 with Liam Knight scoring his third successive half century finishing on 82 no . He was well supported by Wayne Gardner 51 and Gareth Tompkins 59 no.

Harlestone were never in the hunt and finished on 179-7 with Nick Lester 3-43 and Gareth Goddard 2-25 the pick of the Cooks attack.

A trip to East Haddon saw Dan ( you know the rest ) and Cogenhoe put into bat. Another 200 plus score with Liam going from strength to strenght and finally reaching his maiden Cooks century with a superb 127 no. Liam becoming the  fourth Cogenhoe centurion of the season and the 16 th in 44 years of league cricket. Thanks to Liam Cogenhoe reached 211-4 with Dan 39 and Fletcher Callaghan 25 the other main contributors. A win and possible a winning draw looked the likely options as Haddon were reduced to 90 odd for 6 but messers Nicholson and Halford shared in a ton plus stand to deflate the Cooks and give the home side victory with just 5 balls remaining.

The seconds did manage to get a full game in at Overstone and by seven o’clock must have been wishing they hadn’t. Skipper Jason Roberts won the toss ( Dan ) and put the hosts into bat. The Cooks bowlers stuck to their task and eventually bowled out Overstone IV’s for 191 with three wickets apiece for Ashley Davis and Dan with the experienced pair of Mason and Cox picking up a brace each.

Despite a decent start the Cogenhoe innings collapsed with only Dave Patrick and Jason both with 19 getting going as the Cooks were eventually dismissed for 95.

A special mention in dispatches to Ash for his bowling and to Chris Towler on his Cogenhoe league debut who batted with some distinction and held his end up well against a decent Overstone attack.

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