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Seconds perfect start

There was much optimism surrounding the second team following a strong second half to the 2011 season. New skipper Ryan Knight was keen to get started but like many had to wait as the first game of the season away at Weekly & Warkton III`s fell victim to the April deluge. But on May 12 th Earls Barton III`s visited Compton Park and the season finally began. Surprisingly the visitors won the toss and decided to have a bat, a decision they were soon to regret as 2 wickets for Matt Irons and a run out by Matt Morrissey reduced them to 5-3. Barton never really recovered from their poor start and were eventually dismissed for 116 in the 43 rd over. Matt Irons 5-17 and Liam Knight 3-28 were the pick of the Cooks attack. The Cogenhoe reply also got off to a bad start as they found themselves 8-2, but young Ashley Davis 29 and Ryan  got them out of trouble taking the score to 51. But another 2 quick wickets saw a little wobble before Ryan 38 and Matt Morrissey 19 no saw the Cooks to 97 before Adam Lee-Brown with 12 no saw Cogenhoe home in the34 th over.

Old Wellingburians were next up at Compton Park on May 19 th and were duly but into bat after Ryan won the toss.The accurate opening partnership of Tony Bird and Chris Mason kept the score in check whilst the wickets fell at a steady rate. Chris  having figures of 10-1-19-0 whilst Tony picked up a couple of wickets. Then the Knight brothers took control with Ryan taking 5-34 and Liam taking 2 wickets and a run out as OW`s were bowled out for 154 in the final over. As with the previous week the Cooks reply got off to a poor start at 6-2. But Russ Coleman 27 and  Ashley put on 73 for the third wicket, before Ashley put on another 64 with Ryan before he was out for a quite superb 70. Ryan was there at the end 39 no as Cogenhoe registered their second victory by 6 wickets.

A trip to Weldon again saw Ryan win the toss and ask the hosts to bat. Tony 10-4-27-1 and Chris 13-6-52-3 again provided the base for another good bowling display with Liam taking 4-48 as Weldon were dismissed for 181 in the 44 th over.This week the openers got Cogenhoe off to a great start as Russ 33 and Matt Golby 47 put on 87 for the first wicket. But as wickets began to fall the Cooks were in a bit of trouble but a vital 22 from Dan Harris helped the Cooks to eventually get home in the 43 rd over by 2 wickets.

After an unbeaten May confidence was high as Bugbrooke St Michaels  visited Compton Park on June 2 nd. After winning the toss Cogenhoe elected to field and Tony  and Liam began with an excellent opening spell which saw runs at a premium. Tony then combined twice with keeper Keith Parsons then again clean bowling the Bugbrooke number 4 to reduce the visitors to 39-3. But this merely brought together St Michaels two best batsmen . Liam continued to bowl with pace and control without any luck but messers Coleman and Lyons were looking very comfortable with Coleman looking very impressive with some powerful hitting. But with the score on 96 it was a case of one big shot too many as a perfectly place Liam took a boundary catch to dismiss the dangerous Coleman who had  blasted 61 of those 96 runs. 4 runs later and Lyons popped up a simpler catch to Liam who ended up wicketless but with 4 catches to his name. Matt Irons was in quite superb form with the ball and duly got his second 5 wicket haul of the season with the superb figures of 8.4-1-16-5. Debutant Phil Clarke showed lots of promise and picked up 2-31 as the visitors went from 96-3 to 128 all out in the 43 over. Cogenhoe reply once again lost an early wicket but Russ 13 and Ryan 17 steadied the ship. Despite the low total they were chasing the Cooks lost wickets just when they seemed to have the match won. Fortunately Adam Lee-Brown was anchoring the innings with a quite faultless display. When Liam blasted 2 sixes in one over victory looked assured but his departure saw Cogenhoe on 99-6 and another wicket or two would have made it very interesting. But Matt Irons was in no mood to see his excellent work with the ball come to nothing and along with Adam added the necessary 30 runs to ensure it was 4 out of 4 for the Cooks. Adam finished on 39 not out his highest ever league score although on that showing it will not be long before that first fifty is secured. Four wins, four opposition teams bowled out and four successful chases not a bad start!

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