Early Finish, Right Result

The seconds welcomed back from injury Adam Lee-Brown and Dan Harris for the visit of bottom side Horton House fourths to Compton Park. Mark Bird playing his 200th league game for Cogenhoe won the toss and elected to bowl. The game followed a predictable path mirroring previous games where bowling first proved decisive. The first 20 overs bowled by the Birds yielded 6 wickets, three a piece. Though a couple of the opposition batsmen looked to attack the bowling, both bowlers used their guile and experience to ensure Horton ended the first half of their innings precariously placed on 64 for 6.

The introduction of Adam’s Longley and Lee-Brown soon had immediate effect two wickets for the former and one for the later, together with a smart throw (causing a run out) from Jack Quennell meant the Horton innings was wrapped up before half past two.

With Hortons innings severely curtailed a swift 10 minute turn around followed. In pursuit of their modest target of 74 the Cooks soon lost opener Adam. Jack joined Russ Coleman and they steadied the ship with a mixture prudent defence and punishment meted out to any straying delivery. The pair were parted unusually, when Jack retired hurt due to an increasingly sore hand. With such a small target the opportunity to give the younger players in the team experience in the middle appeared to be taken. Alfie Wreford joined Russ and soon found the boundary. Alfie was then bowled, the second victim of spinner Cantrell and Russ soon followed his third victim for 19. Just 23 runs were required when Ryan Knight joined young Alex Bushell who again finished an innings unbeaten. Ryan then spectacularly sealed the victory with successive sixes ensuring a comfortable victory engineered by the Cooks bowlers.

The Cooks were probably expected to win this game but took nothing for granted in gaining their sixth consecutive victory.

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