Club's light fantastic in memory of loyal David

PUBLISHED: 10:52 28 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:50 12 May 2010

FLOODLIT cricket came to Cokenach when they staged a series of day-night games in memory of David Webster, who died two months ago. David was a lifetime member, supporter and sponsor of Cokenach. He arranged many annual fixtures each season and his grand

FLOODLIT cricket came to Cokenach when they staged a series of day-night games in memory of David Webster, who died two months ago.

David was a lifetime member, supporter and sponsor of Cokenach.

He arranged many annual fixtures each season and his grandchildren play for the club's colts team.

The six stands of floodlights were provided free by the company that David owned, David Webster Lighting.

On Saturday Barley were the visitors, and elected to bat first in a 40-over game which was split into two 20-over halves per innings, to ensure both teams had the full benefit of the lights and conditions.

Cokenach finished their first half on 100-2, but some strong batting from the visitors saw them reach 120-3 from their first 20 overs.

With Cokenach 20 runs behind, Peter Clarke and Phil Seale set about clearing the deficit in the last 20 overs.

They did this is some style putting on more than 100 for the third wicket, with Clarke hitting 113 and Seale a run-a-ball 41.

With some further late hitting, Cokenach managed to set a good target of 272-4 off their 40 overs, leaving Barley 153 to win from their 20 overs.

Barley began their reply steadily, but began to lose wickets and started to fall behind the required run rate. Clever field settings meant they were unable to hit boundaries, and this frustration saw them eventually lose by 50 runs.

On Sunday, Buntingford signed off for the season in a game with 15 overs each before tea, and then a further 20 overs each under lights.

Batting first, Buntingford finished on 82-1 from their 15 overs, with John Clements 38 and Sean McGrath 25 still at the crease. Cokenach reached 61-4 in reply.

After tea, Buntingford resumed their innings and reached 113 before McGrath was out for a fine 39.

Clements continued to bat well and he reached a magnificent century late on in the innings before he was out for 107.

Izuru Channa then hit a quickfire 24 and Buntingford finished on 217-5 from their 35 overs.

This meant that Cokenach needed to score 157 from their remaining 20 overs. They did not make the best of starts, and lost a further three wickets which left them in real trouble at 109-7.

However, Clarke and Seale then set about staging a recovery.

Hitting the ball hard to the boundary and running as many quick singles as possible, they kept up with the run rate and reached the last over requiring just three for victory.

The ball was despatched to the boundary from the first delivery. Clarke finished on 65 not out and Seale was 49 not out. The game finished at 9.45pm.

All the proceeds from the games will go to the David Webster memorial fund, whose officers will divide it up for various charities that David had named.

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