Cokenach move clear of danger with tense victory

CCA Junior League 1B

Cambourne 166-7

Cokenach 167-8

Cokenach won by two wickets

COKENACH moved clear of the relegation zone with a thrilling win over Cambourne on Saturday.

Cambourne won the toss and elected to bat and started well while the opening bowlers struggled to control their line and length in the blustery conditions. It wasn’t until the 15th over that the breakthrough was made with the score on 68 with Liam Botten bowling out skipper Paul Darrington for 22 while fellow opener A Kumar rode his luck edging the ball to all parts, with Botten finally getting his man and his second wicket before ending with figures of 10-0-32-2.

At the 30-over mark Cambourne were on 130-3 and looking to push on to a 200-plus total but with extremely tight bowling from Ford and Stevens as well as some great fielding, they could only manage to score another 36 runs with Ford taking two wickets and Stevens one, as Cambourne posted 166-7.

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In reply, Cokenach started cautiously and had just 15 on the board when Botten was adjudged lbw for nine. The normally reliable Rychard Field came in at three Cokenach looked to press on but Darrington had other ideas and he found the edge of Field’s bat for just nine and Cokenach were 42-2.

Skipper Matt Stevens made 26 before falling to Darrington with the score on 51, then Ford went shortly afterwards for 15 as Cokenach languished on 71-5.

With a partnership desperately needed, Phil Seale and Alec Eve set about this task. The latter hit five boundaries in his knock of 34 and with Seale, put on a vital 55-run partnership. But when Eve fell with 42 runs still required, Seale (36*) calmly pushed the ball around to put Cokenach on the brink of victory.

With nine runs required in the final over, Seale and James Harrison got their team over the line to claim the all-important 20 points.

Cokenach IIs completed the double over Cambourne chasing down an impressive 218 with Richard Mumford the pick of Cokenach batsmen scoring 81 to secure victory.