Openers see Cokenach home

PUBLISHED: 13:14 27 August 2009 | UPDATED: 16:06 11 May 2010

Cokenach beat Thorley by 10 wickets COKENACH chased down a massive 243 without losing a wicket in their friendly match with Thorley on Sunday. On a sunny but blustery day, Thorley won the toss and decided to bat on what looked to be a belter of a wicket,

Cokenach beat Thorley by 10 wickets

COKENACH chased down a massive 243 without losing a wicket in their friendly match with Thorley on Sunday.

On a sunny but blustery day, Thorley won the toss and decided to bat on what looked to be a belter of a wicket, and soon proved to be so as the first over went for 11.

The Thorley openers continued their aggressive batting as they raced to 70 off 10 overs, and it looked like Cokenach would regret dropping Thorley's main batsman early on as he went on to make 92.

Ironically, it was the player who droppped him that finallly took his wicket, Liam Botten with a spinning delivery that took an inside edge onto the stumps.

Spin seemed to be the way to go as Matt Stevens, bowling leg-spin, took a wicket.

Phil Seale (1-15) and young Stuart Keil bowled tightly at the end, with opening bowler Alec Eve coming back to mop up the tail taking three wickets as Thorley ended up on a very respectable 243 all out in the last of their 40 overs.

Cokenach openers Liam Botten and Matt Stevens knew however that groundsman Dave Cattley had produced a wonderful pitch, and the duo decided to be aggresive from the off.

At the halfway mark they were perfectly on track being 120 off 20 overs and after drinks they picked up the rate with Botten reaching his 50 with a glorious cover drive.

Stevens reached his century in the 28th over and with both batsmen denying the Thorley attack a chance of getting them out Cokenach looked well set for the win.

Thorley's bowlers kept on plugging away with good spirit but Botten hit the winning runs in the 36th over as the two batsmen both reached their own highest individual scores.

Botten finished on 76no and Matt Stevens 141no as Cokenach ran out worthy winners by 10 wickets.

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