A fitting tribute

On Saturday our second team were at home to Bugbrooke St Michaels 74 II’s. It will be forever recorded that this fixture was a NCL Division 12 match but the actions of the Cogenhoe side this day were deserving of far higher status.

We at Cogenhoe were all saddened to hear that Pauline Cox lost her battle against illness last Wednesday. Pauline was a genuinely lovely lady and a great supporter and friend of our club. Pauline always attended our clubs social events even when she was not in the best of health, always entered our competitions and somehow put up with Peter spending thousands of hours up at Compton Park preparing wickets. Such is the esteem that the Coxs’ family are held in by our players and officials that the second team  wished to show their respect by wearing black armbands for the fixture a gesture suggested by Matt Irons and fully supported by the team.

Skipper Ryan Knight again won the toss and elected to field. Cogenhoe  did strike early through Syd Mason , but some aggressive hitting by Simon Smith 57 kept St Michaels well in the game. But a smart Dan Harris catch off the bowling of Matt Irons accounted for the dangerous Smith and then Cogenhoe took control. In keeping with the mood of the day Cooks skipper Ryan Knight retracted a Cogenhoe appeal which was given out and called back the batsmen after consulting with team mates a gesture not often seen at any level of cricket. But St Michaels were soon in real trouble as Chris “Syd” Mason  continued his fine run of form . Syd’s accumulative figures for his last 3 matches are 38-9-104-11 superb bowling, and further proof of the clubs youth policy paying dividends even if it is some 37 years later.

Syd’s match figures of 13-3-44-6 were backed up by Matt Irons with figures of 10-0-39-3 with Ashley Davis taking the final wicket thanks to a lovely catch by Adam Lee-Brown to see the visitors finally dismissed for 117.

The Cogenhoe reply did not get off to the best of starts as they lost 3 wickets quite cheaply. But the class, big hitting and quick scoring of skipper Ryan Knight  and Mark Bird soon had the Cooks back in the driving seat. But with Mark cruising on 31 he had an Ian Bell moment and was run out when he got confused as to where the ball had gone. But Ryan had a determination about him and reached his half century putting the Cooks within sight of victory, but on 55 he received a gem of a ball from Alex Coleman  which clean bowled him . Cogenhoe were now 96-5 and calm heads were called for and they don’t come any calmer than Dave Patrick and Matt Irons. With plenty of overs left they played each ball on its merit and saw Cogenhoe home in the 34 th over with Matt finishing on 20 and Dave on 5 to give the Cooks victory by 5 wickets.

An excellent team performance and in a most fitting gesture Ryan dedicated his half century and the teams victory to Pauline. I know how much the actions of the second team meant to Peter and his family.

From all the players and officials at the club our deepest condolences to Peter, Steve, Angie and Jill. God bless you Pauline

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