Action Replay

The Cooks welcomed 10 man Higham Ferrers seconds to a windy but warm Compton Park.

This game was almost a carbon copy of the previous weeks contest against Overstone. Skipper Mark again won the toss, the batsmen struggled right from the start this time, orchestrated by a smart run out involving Alex Bushell and keeper Russ Coleman then tight bowling from bowlers Tony Bird, James Bushnell, Mark Bird and Chris Mason, ensured no opposition batsmen felt comfortable against the Cooks attack with only two batsmen reaching double figure scores. The away teams innings concluded in the 26th over leaving the seconds to chase a rather modest 71 runs.

Due to the early completion of Higham’s innings the Cooks reply started 10 minutes later. The top three in the order soon built a solid foundation to the reply racing to 66 for 2 and with the finishing line in sight the wheels somewhat fell off the response. With only 5 runs required 4 wickets quickly fell all to Higham’s spinner (2 off consecutive balls), as the middle order let their impatience get the better of them. After this serious blip it was left to James Goodwin to score the winning runs giving the hosts a four wicket victory.

This game was a carbon copy of three earlier victories when the Cooks batted second after winning the toss. Again the seconds bowlers dominated proceedings and allowed the batsmen to chase a small target. The brittle nature of the Cooks batting, was again exposed after a bright start, and though was not punished on this occasion. The Cooks showed today that consistency in all aspects of the game is required if the Cooks are to capitalise on the sound start to the season and the current second placing in Division 11.

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