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Super Saturday it certainly was.

Our club rounded off another excellent season with a Super Saturday that delivered Promotion for a third successive year for the first team and a cruel fourth spot for the seconds after a fantastic end to the season which saw them win their final six games. Will so much at stake the Twitter airways were buzzing and the constant up date really helped to add to the tension and growing anticipation.

At Compton Park Dan won the toss  against Earls Barton II`s and elected to bat a courageous decision  following the not so impressive batting performance the week before. The Cooks got off to a solid start with openers Fletcher Callaghan and last weeks hero Gareth Goddard before Gareth fell for 11. That brought skipper Dan McLaughlin to the crease and you just knew with a promotion in the offing Dan would deliver and so it proved today. Despite Fletch and Jason  Roberts departing Dan began to dominate the bowling and was joined by Henry Swallow who was keen to join in and make some runs. Together the pair added runs at a decent pace before Henry departed going for consecutive sixes for 36 and Dan soon followed for 75 a very important and timely knock. With the target of maximum batting points  up for grabs the Cooks needed a few lusty blows to get them towards 200 and so its handy to have Jason Kruger coming in and he did not disappoint scoring a quick 31. With the overs running out and 200 in sight the batsmen went for it and so wickets to tumbled. In the end the Cooks were dismissed for exactly 200 with just two balls of the innings remaining. Paul Browning ending up 18 not out and holding the innings together in those final few overs.

Now the brains of the first team ( Nick ) had worked out that 7 points were needed to secure promotion and with five already secured for our batting this meant that two Barton wickets would be enough. Jason K  got the first of those as the visitors were reduced to 11-1 and the champagne corks were ready to pop. But the Barton boys who needed points for different reasons were in no mood to surrender without a fight and slowly but surely they played their way back into the game reaching 50-1 off 15 and100-1 from 25 , nerves were jangling but then Tom  Smyth took two quick wickets followed by excellent glove work from Teffers off Gareth and the  promotion party was underway as Barton were reduced to 124-4. Jason grabbed his second victim of the innings as Barton held on relatively easily for a draw finishing on 173-5 with the Cooks picking up 15 points to secure promotion and possibly runners up spot to Oundle II`s for a third consecutive season although Kislingbury can take second spot with a win next weekend. So a superb season for the first team who lost only three games all season and will now play in Division 5 next year the highest level any Cogenhoe  side has ever played in.  Congratulations to Dan and all the players who played the game in the right manner and were rewarded for that.

Over at Obelisk the seconds were asked to bat and were immediately on the back foot unlike Russ Coleman who was adjudged to be out lbw from the first ball of the match. But that just brought Ashley Davis to the crease. Now I have waxed lyrical about this young mans talent for a few years now and for the third time this season he bettered his best ever league score this time ending up with a superb 80 and Ashleys preparation for this knock was travelling from Paris to play in the match. Whilst Ash was doing his stuff Matt Golby was doing  his usual powerful hitting smashing 34, Adam Lee-Brown was showing just what a good cricketer he is becoming with another score in the high thirties adding 38 to a list of consistent scores this season whilst Jack Quennell added yet another unbeaten 21 to his record that is yet to see him dismissed in his only three games of the season. In the end the seconds finished on 201-6 from their 45 overs.

In reply Obelisk were always behind the required rate as Tony Bird and Syd Mason were once again at their miserly best. A special mention must go to Syd who was playing his 333 rd league game, a record  for the Cooks.   Since making his debut as a teenager back in 1978 Syd has taken  317 wickets  with a best of 8-28 and scored over 1 600 runs with a highest score of 63 which was made against the mighty United Social in the Town League back in 1994. Syd did not add to his wicket tally but did take a catch to break up a promising looking Obelisk partnership. But with Tony 13-2-25-2 and Syd 10-0-31-0 the Obelisk task was virtually impossible as Ryan Knight and Matt Irons picked up 2 wickets apiece and with an Ashley and Ryan a run out  the hosts were restricted to 162-7 from their 45 overs and a 39 run victory for Cogenhoe. Other results did not go our way and the seconds finished up in fourth spot . Skipper Ryan Knight can be very proud of his and his players efforts over the season. Out of 15 games played we lost just 3 with all three promoted sides losing 4 and we beat each of the three promoted sides. The weather was probably our biggest opponent whilst we lost 3 games to the elements the promoted sides lost just one and two each respectively and we lost out on promotion by 11 points on the plus side we were 150 points ahead of the side in fifth place which augers well for next season.

So all in all another good year for the Cooks and plenty to look forward to next season also. Perhaps what is most satisfying is the contribution made by lads who were born, grew up or live in our village. We are surrounded by bigger clubs yet our small little community has produced the likes of Syd Mason, Dan McLaughlin, Tom Smyth, Henry Swallow, Ashley Davis and Adam Lee-Brown all of whom made telling contributions yesterday. As Chairman I would like to thank every player for their efforts over the past six months and despite the weather I hope you have enjoyed being involved as much as I have. To our wonderful volunteers Malcolm, Allan, Charlie & Bev, Peter, Julie, David T , Jamie and all the excellent youth coaches  thank you for all your efforts in what has been a really tough year weather wise our club will always be in your debt. Thank you everyone

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