Seconds Too Hot for Kislingbury

Sizzling weather welcomed the players to Compton Park for this Division 11 fixture.

The Kislingbury skipper won the toss and invited the Cooks to bat on a well prepared track that gave hope that the Cooks batsmen might find their form. The openers started brightly especially Adam Longley who after finding the boundary three times in quick succession was shocked to be adjudged LBW. Jack Q joined opener Russ and they comfortably pushed the score along until Jack was cleaned bowled. Ben Garratt strode purposely to the crease and after 20 overs the Cooks had reached a very respectable 109 for 2. Runs flowed from Ben’s bat, at times he rode his luck but with his score at 43 his luck ran out. This left Russ who had been playing a solid supporting role to take centre stage. When Matt Mo was dismissed with the Cooks one short of 150, a shocking collapse followed instigated by the steady bowling of Kislingbury’s spinners. Russ was the sixth batsmen to fall for a hard fought 35, but any pretense of a score in excess of two hundred had been dashed. In fact the 22 runs added by the last two wickets would prove crucial in this game of changing fortunes.

After another hearty tea in the cool surroundings of the football club the Cooks sought to defend the target of 174. The visitors innings followed a similar pattern to that of the Cooks, the loss of an early wicket, then a significant stand with their number 3 beginning to dominate proceedings. It was tough for the bowlers with Sid being dispatched for 35 off 4 overs. The Cooks desperately needed a breakthrough and skipper Mark produced the right ball once the dangerous number 3 had reached his fifty. At the halfway point Kislingbury had reached 106 for 2 an almost identical score to that of the hosts at the same point.

The game now was finely poised and one side needed to finish the game the stronger, which was Cogenhoe. This season the bowling of young James Bushell has been a revelation and the four wickets in his 7 over spell proved further evidence of this. After the mauling Sid took in his early overs, Sid chipped in with 3 wickets to ensure that once Kislingburys opener fell for a defiant 30, and then followed by the skipper, the target was always going to be out of reach.

This was a good all-round performance by the Cooks although the lower order batsmen suffered an inevitable collapse. It was the 22 precious runs from the tale-enders and the savvy bowling unit which gave Cooks the edge in this game played in steamy conditions.

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