The leaden skies didn’t bode well on Saturday morning and the prospect of a game being played seemed to diminish even more with the news that the 1sts game with Whitehaven had been called off due to the Sandair square being under water. However after several phone calls between Geoff and the Caldbeck Captain. It seemed that Caldbeck was in a’ rain free bubble’ albeit the Captain was saying this even though he lived at Penrith! So with the rain falling at Cockermouth the team set off in a slightly unconvinced mood that this was going to be a wasted journey, even the phlegmatic Mark ‘PG Tips’ Bowen was bemused by the decision to travel.
However when we arrived at the picturesque ground at Caldbeck the rain had been and gone and even though it had left an outfield that would not have been playable in perhaps the NLS both captains having already agreed to play on the artificial wicket were keen to get a game in.
The toss was won by Cockermouth and Stephen duly inserted the home team in. With Matthew Hodgson leading the attack yet again with distinction and ably supported by Jack Edmondson the Caldbeck top order were reduced to 25 for 5 in no time at all, with Matthew taking 3 and Jack 2 wickets a piece. The Cockermouth second change bowlers of Jack Spiers and Chris Hodgson continued to apply more pressure to the Caldbeck batsmen and only a quick fire 35 by Pattinson managed to pull the Caldbeck total nearer the hundred mark. However with the demise of Pattinson caught by Scully off the bowling of Chris ‘Hodge’ and the introduction of Mark Bowen the Caldbeck tail was chopped off before it could wag and the final total of 97 provided the Cockermouth team with a score they would have readily accepted before play started.
However cricket is by its very nature an unpredictable animal and any belief that this was going to be anything but a stroll in the park was quickly realised as the home team set about reducing the cream of the Cockermouth batting to a constant walk back to the pavilion. Chambers 0, Bowen 0, Drake 0, Hodgson 4, and Mason 4, created a zealous belief in the home team that the day was going to be theirs. The chirping and confident swagger of the Caldbeck players only seemed to darken the mood in the away changing room. But that old saying so often rings true ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man’ and that man was Jack Edmondson ably assisted by the inexperienced but talented Chad Pearson playing in only his second game at this level. Both players set about rebuilding the calamitous start and slowly but surely the bite of the Caldbeck bowling was blunted and with this the cockiness and verbal confidence was also becalmed.
After Chad’s great support role was ended, Jack showed what a clever cricketer he was and paced his own innings and the teams response to perfection. With Jack Spiers with him Edmo produced some wonderful blows with one over in particular going for two sixes and a four. With 2 required off the last ball to tie Jack proceeded to smite a beautiful straight drive back passed the bowler and before deep mid on and off could move it clattered into the boundary fence and a fantastic win was achieved. On a day when really both teams could justifiable have decided it was too wet to play, a great game of cricket ensued and a truly wonderful all round performance was witnessed which won the game.