Cooks seconds better than England !

The seconds continued their remarkable second half to the season with a convincing victory over Bugbrooke II’s. Keen to capitalise on their last home performance against St Michaels 74 , skipper Ryan Knight had the boys all ready to go, unfortunately the same could not be said for Bugbrooke. 12.45, 13.00 and indeed 13.15 came and went with no sign of an opposition. The Cooks made good use of the time with Jason Roberts going through a strenuous warm up routine with Allan Packer which consisted of sitting talking about horse racing. Eventually Bugbrooke appeared only to be met by the fearsome sight of umpire Allan Packer rule book in hand informing them that they had to forfeit the toss and were batting.

Ryan cheerfully told his assembled team that one of the Bugbrooke players had informed him that get the top 3 out and the rest will fold but on the downside Bugbrooke II’s on their day could bowl out England !

Tony Bird got Cogenhoe off to a great start with Keith Parsons snapping up the first of his two victims behind the timbers. Then disaster as Roy “safe hands” Quennell dropped a dolly at point. Whilst his team mates stood dumbfounded at this rare sight little did they know that it was all part of a cunning plan, lulling the Bugbrooke batsmen into thinking no one on the Cooks side could catch. The plan worked beautifully as the Bugbrooke top order seemed to be having a competition to see who could hit the ball the highest. Matt Golby took two stunners, Dan Harris snaffled a beauty at point with Tony Bird taking a smart return catch off his own bowling. The Bugbrooke tail did wag with Ian Preston making a solid 43 as Bugbrooke were finally dismissed for 119 in the 35 th over. Tony Bird with the superb figures of 13-3-26-5 and not a single boundary in those figures was supported by Ashley Davis 10.3-3-46-3 and Adam Lee-Brown 7-1-26-2 in a great effort by the Cooks.

Cogenhoes reply got off to a decent start before losing Matt Golby. But that brought  skipper Ryan Knight to the crease . As he strolled out there were the usual shouts off encouragement such as plenty of time, have a look at the bowling and use your head, something Ryan took literally as he missed a bouncer and got struck right above the ear. Initial fears were soon eased as Ryan walked off the field with a lovely lump on his head, although asking him to just sit down and be quiet was asking a bit to much.

Enter Ashley Davis. Now most 15 year olds having seen their skipper felled by a short rising delivery may well have faced the next ball by backing off towards the square leg umpire but not Ash who proceeded to produce a chanceless and superb display of batting seen by a Cogenhoe youngster since Mal Loye. It was full of confidence, power and sensible strokeplay and was rewarded with an unbeaten 53 which was greeted by a deserved round of applause by his teamates although not somewhat disappointingly by the opposition. Ash was ably supported by Dave Patrick with a stoic 20 with Jason Roberts rattling up a quick fire cameo of 28 no as Cogenhoe wrapped up victory by 7 wickets  in the 22 nd over.

Over at Loddington what Dan would give for not having to make a call at the toss, so I begin this report with the phrase Dan lost the toss…………….. there is no truth in the rumour that the Oxford Concise English Dictionary are considering Dan lost the toss for inclusion in their latest edition despite it becoming a commonplace term. Anyway Dan 53 and Fletcher Callaghan  26 got the Cooks off to a great start before Liam Knight 49, Henry Swallow 37 and Gareth Tompkins 28 saw Cogenhoe to 229-9 from their allotted 45 overs.

Loddingtons reply  never really threatened despite getting close and only wanting 20 from the final three overs thanks to Liam Hanley with 50 and the next top scorer with 31 extras who seems to play well against us every week !

In the end Loddington settled for a draw at 214-9 with James Ashby 3-48 the pick of the Cooks attack with Alex Harvey-Jones. Gareth and Dan picking up 2 wickets apiece.


With the season drawing to a close thoughts are turning to our end of season drink and what to do. A curry night is currently the favourite along with a beer or two down the Welly Road. It has also been suggested that we go to the casino and give Dan a tenner and tell him to put it on black or red, what ever he picks we will then put our houses on the other.

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