The eagerly anticipated top of the table clash between the 2nds and Scotby on Saturday July 9th occured under a yet again beautiful blue sky with temperatures to match the on field activity. On what looked like a good Sandair wicket which had received the benefit of the newly purchased and laid 'Clima Covers' the skipper lost the toss and was duly inserted. With a strong batting line up and with the knowledge that Scotby had 3 of their usual bowling line up either not playing or in the case of Mark Vasey playing but severely handicapped due to a bad back the 2nds were not too fussed about batting first. After a cautious opening skirmish the first blood was drawn by Scotby when the Skipper was given out LBW. This brought Jack Edmondson to the crease with Jack Mason at the other end theses 2 took the score on until Jack Mason chased a short, wide bowl and gave deep point an easy catch. With plenty of experience all the way down the order the seconds ticked along slowly but surely until with the introduction of the evergreen Mark'Jim' Bowen to the crease the final 8 overs produced a flurry of runs of which Mark scored a fine 44 not out. With the final score standing at 177 the Cockermouth team knew that it would take a particulary excellent batting performance from the Scotby team to surpass their score.
And so it materialised, but to their credit the early Scotby batsmen, particulary Ollie Driver tried to put bat to ball and force mistakes from the home bowlers and fielders.
The returning Ben Morgan and Brathwites chief tormentor from the previous week Mark Bowen however stood firm and produced a good opening spell. Driver went for a bright and breezy 28 and thereafter the away team struggled to get any momentum going and partnerships were quickly extinguished. The introduction of Skipper Chambers into the attack saw quick dividends and his 6 overs produced figures of 4 for 13, this devestating spell of spin bowling coupled with the re-introduction of Bowen finally polished off the last of the Scotby resistance and they finished on 113 for 9 with Mark Vasey unable to bat. A comprehensive win for the Sandair seconds and one which was made even sweeter by the news that their other close rivals Carlisle 2nds had been defeated by Temple Sowerby.