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Singing in the rain

A day that could have been one of total frustration for the Cooks ended up setting up a promotion decider and giving the seconds a third successive victory as the rain did its best to dampens Cogenhoes spirits.

At Compton Park , Desborough II’s were the visitors  and like the Cooks wanted points albeit for different reasons. Dark clouds were overhead as Dan went out for the toss and then suddenly the sky turned blue the sun shone and yes Dan won the toss. Just to confirm that Dan McLaughlin of Cogenhoe won the toss, or to be absolutely correct the Desborough skipper called tails and it was heads but Dan did assure me that as the coin spun he was calling heads in his mind !!

Panic spread in the Cooks dressing room as they had no idea what to do fielding first and as Desborough raced to 20 without loss Dan may have been wishing  he had lost the toss, but enter Wayne Gardner. With the Desborough opening pair looking well set and a score in excess of 250 possibly 300 on the cards the pair decided to take on the arm of Cogenhoe’s finest fielder. There was only ever going to be one outcome as Wayne shattered the timbers with a throw of devastating accuracy and pace. It was the the start of  a collapse as the Desborough side were obviously stunned by the standard of fielding and the fear in taking any runs saw them on the back foot and allowed Alex Harvey-Jones to take centre stage with his dibbly dobblers. I would like to thank Wayne for those last few lines as it is always nice to have a first hand account of what actually happened !!!

At 20-1 no one could have forseen what would happen next but Alex with the superb figures of 11-2-24-5 ripped through the heart of the Desborough team  and with Nick Lester 2-11 and a wicket apiece for Jason Kruger and Dan  Desborough were skittled out for just 54.

Now normally victory would be almost guaranteed chasing such a small total but the conditions were definitely suiting the bowlers and the Cooks reply was struggling as they limped to 22-3. The rain came down and the possibility of a no result was also on the cards, but in the end the umpires got the sides out and a couple of lusty blows from Dan saw the Cooks home for a vital 7 wicket win.

 

Over at Emberton an experienced seconds side with an average age of 44 were taking on Wellingborough OG’s and the weather. Following on from 2 exceptional bowling performances the seconds skippered by Russ Coleman won the toss and chose to field and were once again soon back in the groove with Tony Bird at his miserly best. Bowling his 13 overs straight off Tony finished with figures of 13-6-20-0 and his accuracy restricted the OG’s batsmen who were finding scoring very difficult.

Adam Lee-Brown made the break through but with just a hour gone and the Cooks having got through an amazing 22 overs the rain came. A half hour break saw the sun come out and the Cooks continue to apply the pressure. As the overs ebbed away the OG’s began to take more chances and finally the Cooks started to take some catches. Matt Morrissey  was Gardneresque in his direct run out  and then repeated the trick a couple of overs later only to be denied by the square leg umpire in a very close call. In the final over the Cooks called back OG’S Daniel Lang following a run out which it was adjudged the wicket was broken before the ball was taken. But Ashley Davis made absolutely sure by bowling Daniel for 51 with the final ball of the innings to secure the Cooks an additional bowling point. OG’s finishing on 127-8 from 45 overs with Tony ably supported by Ashley 10-0-39-3, Adam 9-3-21-2 and Syd Mason13-2-43-2.

The Cooks reply got off to a flying start as Matt Golby was in fine form punishing anything that was short or wide. The loss of Russ for 10 with the score on 30 merely brought in the exciting talent that is Ashley Davis. Ash inpresses more with every week that passes and sometimes the maturity of his around play especially his batting defies his 15 years. Matt continued to  smash the ball to all parts and soon reached a well deserved 50. But there were dark clouds forming and they presented more of a threat than the OG’S attack and that was becoming apparent to everyone especially the OG’s. Whilst the younger members were openly doing rain dances the older members were giving a masterclass in time wasting as the rain clouds closed in. With 16 overs gone and Cogenhoe on 116-1 the heavens finally opened.

Now the rules  state that had the game then not finished then the game would have been abandoned as 20 overs in the second innings had not been bowled. It would have been a travesty had that have been the case and eventually common sense took charge and the players returned to the field to see the Cooks wrap up a deserved victory with Matt finishing on 69 no and Ashley 36.

So the first team travel to Harlestone on Saturday knowing victory will see them promoted to division 6 whilst in a tight division the seconds need 8 points from 2 games to ensure division 12 cricket in 2012.

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