Cokenach brush aside Linton Village

CCA Junior League 1B

Linton Village 104 all-out

Cokenach 106-2

Cokenach won by eight wickets

COKENACH thumped Linton Village by eight wickets on Saturday.

Cokenach’s skipper won the toss had no hesitation in putting Linton in to bat. This soon proved the correct decision as opening bowler Peter Clarke found the edge of J Gorden’s bat and Martin smith took a wonderful diving catch at second slip.

Jeremy Dyson (10-2-53-4) was Cokenach’s other opening bowler and he lived up to the reputation as the oldest swinger in town with some dramatic swing bowling and he also found the edge, but where this time Smith dived in the way of a ball heading to first slip, instead of catching it he palmed the ball up, causing stevens to take a diving rebound catch to save his blushes.

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Another fine delivery from Dyson led to another catch for Smith leaving Linton reeling at 17-3.

Phil Seale took a wonderful catch at long-off for the fourth wicket as Linton collapsed from 90-5 to 104 all-out.

In reply, Cokenach started poorly with Peter Clarke top edging what everyone else on the pitch thought was a above waist-high no-ball, except the umpires, and the catch was taken as Clarke was dismissed for three.

Seale was then caught for a duck as Cokenach looked in trouble at 23-2. However, Matthew Stevens (53*) maintained his fantastic form and with help from Alec Eve (18*) they pushed on and reached the target in the 19th over.

This was the fourth time in the last six matches that Stevens has reached a half century and it was the third time he has carried his bat this season.