posted 23 Jul 2011, 03:37 by Web Master
updated 23 Jul 2011, 03:39 by Mike Chastney
On a beautiful summers day with breathtaking views of Skiddaw, Whinlatter and the Bassenthwaite valley, Cockermouth visited our closest rivals in the Eden Valley Premier League, Braithwaite. No toss was necessary as Braithwaite wanted to bat and Cockermouth wanted to chase. The Braithwaite openers began against the experienced 'Jim'Bowen and the slightly less experienced but comeback king Dean Platten. Unfortunately for the home side 'Jimbo' Bowen was swinging the ball at will and proved too good and blew away the Braithwaite top order. By the time he had concluded his 10 over bowling spell the game was already over as a contest. Ryan Todhunter, replacing Dean at the Keswick end spun a bit of leg spin magic complimenting the swing master. Unfortunately the Braithwaite innings was summed up as Jason Pyke creamed a straight drive for what looked a certain six only to see Steve Chambers move 'swiftly' to his left at Long on, fling out his left hand high to his left and take a breathtaking catch much to the shock of the batsman and in truth to his own fielders all of whom stood in stunned silence until shook out of their zombie like trance by the celebrating Chambers running round like a whirling dervish, a fantastic catch which ended any thought of a Braithwaite counter attack who were reduced to 49/7. The skipper buoyed by his heroics in the field then came on and administered the coup-de-grace to the rest of the Braithwaite batsmen as Braithwaite capitulated to 62 all out. A brilliant bowling and fielding performance from Cockermouth wrapping up the innings in only 24 overs. Braithwaite decided to bowl spin at both ends a tactic which can sometimes pay dividends but in this case didn't as Steve Chambers and Jack Mason demolished what little resistance Braithwaite offered winning the game in the 11th over, Mason dispatching the bowling to all parts including 5 sixes in his knock of 45; the match was done and dusted by 4.30 pm. A comprehensive performance by the 2nds leaving Braithwaite stunned and a lit bit demoralised.