Cooks up for Super Saturday deciders

As we enter the final Saturday of the season for the Cooks both sides are still in the hunt for promotion with the first team holding their fate in their own hands whilst the seconds will be hoping their friends at Mears Ashby can do them a favour.

Yesterday promised rain and frustration but in the end gave us a cracking win and a nail biter of a game. Both sides went into their respective games on the back of three successive victories and despite another week of huge player unavailability confidence was high in both camps.

At Compton Park Ryan lost the toss and was invited to bat against a young but very talented Overstone Park IV`s. Now you`ve all heard the saying good things come to those who wait well that was certainly the case for Dan Harris who called yes to a single with Dave Patrick and whilst Dave heeded the call to run Dan had second thoughts and Dave was on his way back to the pavilion. Worse was to come as Ashley Davis soon followed and despite Ryans two sixes he was out to a superb catch by Kishen Chauhan and when Dan departed  caught behind by the very impressive Christopher Simons off the equally impressive Darren Shelford the Cooks were 36-4 and struggling. But a superb partnership of 101 between  Mukesh Patel whose scored his maiden Cooks half century and Adam Lee-Brown 36 led a tremendous Cooks fightback. Matt Morrissey jetted in from Portugal to play and only landed at half 11 and how pleased was he to be given out LBW when the ball landed in his groin , with Mukesh soon following for a superbly paced 68 off 70 balls the Cooks were 164-7 with under 5 overs left and father and son duo Jack and Roy Quennell at the crease. Roy was obviously disappointed to be dropped from the first team after a faultless performance the previous week when he didn`t spill any of the drinks.  With the threat of rain and bonus points a priority the pair scored at a very healthy run a ball to take Cogenhoe to 197-7 with Jack finishing on 11 not out and Roy 18 not out and whilst it may seem very petty to point out as the author I feel I have the right and more importantly the power to say that that was more than Ashley scored , twice as many as Matt and more than skipper Ryan! I mention this as it will be the only time it ever happens! On cue the heavens opened during the tea interval but with the covers on the pitch , once the rain stopped a prompt start  was made with both sides agreeing that Overstone faced the new target of 149 from 34 overs. Skipper Ryan opened the attack with Syd Mason and the pair soon had the Overstone batters behind the required rate and once the first wicket fell there was a steady stream of batsmen entering and exiting the field of play. Ryan was in inspired form with the ball much to the delight of ………himself and the bemusement of messers Patel and Morrissey with Matt wondering just how many bad balls you could get wickets off. In fairness to Ryan he took responsibility and got his reward and he  himself took two very sharp return catches and was backed up in the field by some excellent work by Adam Lee-Brown, Jack Quennell ,KP and Dan Harris who was calmness personified as he ran out young Kyle Draper. Ryan was as close as you can come to a hat-trick as his hat-trick ball fell agonisingly short of Adam at point, Ryan then took a sharp caught and bowled to make it 3 in 4 balls. With the two openers bowling their allotted 13 overs and Ryan finishing with figures of  13-0-40-6 and Syd 13-6-16-2 it was left to occasional bowler Matt to snap up the final wicket and finish with the perfect analysis of 2-2-0-1 as Overstone were bowled out for 65 to give the Cooks victory by 132 runs and importantly 29 points. As the seconds enter their final game no matter what the outcome they have had a superb season and promotion would be well deserved and obviously we have everything crossed for next weekend. A special mention must go to Darren Shelford and his young Overstone charges. They are a talented group of youngsters who will no doubt go on to play this game at the highest level and we wish them well for the future.

Over at Weekley the first team were looking for a victory to guarantee promotion but in the end had to settle for damage limitation. After bowling the hosts out for 175 with Tom Smyth taking 4-34 and Alex Harvey-Jones 3-22 confidence was high that was until they found themselves 24-5 with the  top order all back in the hutch. Matt Golby with 26  gave us a glimmer of hope but soon the Cooks found themselves staring down the barrel at 61-9  with 20 overs left. Now when your in the trenches you need good men around you and in the situation the Cooks found themselves in you needed the Boycotts and Tavare`s off this world , enter Gareth Goddard and Nick Lester. In scenes similar to the first test of the 2009 Ashes series at Cardiff , Gareth and Nick played the Panesar /Anderson roles to perfection as they frustrated Weekley to hold on for the draw which means that just six points are needed from the final league game at home to Earls Barton II`s next Saturday to gain promotion. For the record Gareth was 25 not out and Nick 13 and the record books are being inspected as there are rumours that Nick has never held a bat for that long!

So everything to play for next week lets hope it turns out to be a super Saturday.

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