Downer leads youngsters to trophy

PUBLISHED: 11:37 15 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:49 11 May 2010

FOR the second time in three years, Cokenach s talented young cricketers claimed the Cambs Under-11 Cup. Facing a strong Cambridge NCI team, Cokenach skipper Bill Downer won the toss and asked NCI to bat at The Clare College Sports Ground. A brisk start

FOR the second time in three years, Cokenach's talented young cricketers claimed the Cambs Under-11 Cup.

Facing a strong Cambridge NCI team, Cokenach skipper Bill Downer won the toss and asked NCI to bat at The Clare College Sports Ground.

A brisk start by county player Chris Pepper and John Boultby was countered by Downer, who made a double bowling change, bringing left-arm spinner Thomas Lambton and seamer Luke Woods into the attack.

And in moments both openers were dismissed with just 15 on the board.

The Cokenach youngsters fielded brilliantly, and despite a spirited knock by Harry Lawes (30 not out) they wound the innings up in the 17th over, with the last five wickets falling without addition to the final score of 66 all out.

With time on their side, Cokenach batted sensibly and lost just one wicket in reaching the 67 required to win in the 13th over.

Al Russell (28 not out) and Luke Woods (20 not out) wrapped up a comprehensive win with a display of controlled batting.

Cokenach will look to transfer their latest victory into their league action, and currently sit in second place in the league to Cambridge Granta, who had been beaten in the semi-final by NCI.

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