Almost a perfect day

Saturday 30 th July was our clubs Presidents Day and what a day it turned out to be. They came from far and near to Compton Park, Jason Kruger jetted in from New York landing at 9 in the morning, Piron James made a most welcome return from Cornwall whilst newly qualified driver Adam Lee-Brown drove in from the Brafield Road and forgot his boots !

Not only was President Terry Tarpley on hand with a nice selection of wines , beers and nibbles for the Vice Presidents such as Tim Street, Brian Godsiff, Colin Irvine and Bob Jones who turned up to enjoy the weather, hospitality and cricket but the Cogenhoe CC wags held their annual wags picnic . With a decent Wellingborough contingent also turning out it made for a most pleasant atmosphere on a gloriously sunny day.

Dan practised the coin toss and duly informed us that he spun it 10 times and it came up tails on 9 occasions. So out to the middle he went Malc spun the coin the Wellingborough skipper called tails and  Dan’s record now stood at just 3  out of 13. To Dan’s amazement the Wellingborough skipper then said we’ll have a bat, Dan shook his hand in  a flash.

That decision was not greeted with much enthusiasm by the assembled Wellingborough team but on a lovely track they set about their task with some relish and were scoring at a very nice rate until their progress was halted when the dangerous looking Jake Westley was run out by a lovely pick up and throw by Gareth Goddard. The visitors continued to build with Bhavesh Patel in good nick but as he reached 52 he too was run out . Wellingborough then saw the run rate fall until the young and impressive Lewis Kain came to the crease to score 34 no and see the visitors to 188-9 from their 45 overs.  Three run outs did not help the Wellingborough cause and 188 looked like a par score on a lovely batting track.

The Cooks reply was beautifully paced and controlled with Gareth 23 the first man to fall having put on 56 with Dan. Wayne 26 then put on a further 78 and even when Dan was out for 80 Cogenhoe were still comfortable on 147-3. Henry Swallow with 21 saw the score up to 164 but then a Cogenhoe run out started a mini collapse as the Cooks went from 164-3 to 164-6. Wellingborough tails were up and Cogenhoes nerves jangling. But Jason Kruger saw the Cooks to the brink of victory with Matt Morrissey there at the end to see the Cooks home for a 3 wicket win with 3 over left.

A great game of cricket played in a lovely spirit and credit to both teams for that.

Over at Old seconds skipper Ryan Knight again won the toss and asked the high flying hosts to bat.A decent display by the seconds bowling attack saw Old II’s restricted to 172-8 with Syd Mason rolling back the years with superb figures of 12-4-30-3. Ashley Davis 13-1-39-2 and Ryan 2-19 also contributing to great performance in the field.

The Cooks reply struggled along with only Ashley going well until on 38 when he was given out LBW to leave Cogenhoe on 98-6, a run later and Matt Irons wicket saw Cogenhoe staring down the barrel at 99-7. Enter KP  yes the Cooks very own KP, Keith Parsons. Soon 99-7 became 124-7 and with plenty of overs left maybe just maybe victory could be snatched from the jaws of defeat. But in true Cogenhoe fashion and spookily mirroring what was happening at Compton Park 124-7 became 124 all out. Not a bad effort considering messers Roberts and Bird were absent on their holidays.

With the cricket over everyone retired to the football club for our annual President’s Evening BBQ. Paul Knight and Steve Millard served up the burgers, sausage and very popular marinated pork steaks which were enjoyed by guests, Vice Presidents and players alike. Our thanks to Paul and Steve for all their time and effort and to Charlie, Malcolm and Peter for making the ground look a picture for the day. Thanks also to Fred and Ali at the football club. The Football Bingo competition was again sold out with 72 people in this seasons competition standing to win well over £400 in prize money and our thanks to eveyone who entered this years Football Bingo and good luck to you all.

Just 5 games left for both sides this season and still lots to play for, keep practising with that coin Dan!

2 thoughts on “Almost a perfect day”

  1. No mention of 1 over 1 wicket for 1 run in the 45th over. Mark – cracking spell of death bowling, you’d have loved it!!!!

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