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Match Reports 2017

Under 13 Gold v Workington 28th April
Under 13 Green v Egremont 28th April
Under 11 v Workington 30th April
Under 15 v Keswick 1st May
Under 13 Gold v Under 13 Green 5th May
Under 15 v Workington 8th May
Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 17th May
Under 13 Gold v Seascale 19th May
Under 13 Green v Workington 19th May
Under 11 v Egremont 24th May
Under 13 Gold v Penrith 26th May
Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 2nd June
Under 13 Green v Seascale 2nd June
Under 11 v Whitehaven 4th June
Under 13 Gold v Egremont 9th June
Under 13 Green v Whitehaven 9th June
Under 13 Gold v Workington 16th June
Under 13 Green v Egremont 16th June
Under 15 v Whitehaven 12th June
Under 15 v Egremont 21st June
Under 11 v Seascale 18th June
Under 11 v Cleator 19th June
Under 13 Gold v Seascale 30th June
Under 13 Green v Workington 30th June
Under 11 v Kirkby Stephen 2nd July
Under 15 v Workington 3rd July
Under 13 Green v Seascale 7th July
Under 11 v Threlkeld 9th July
Under 11 v Keswick 18th July
Under 11 v Keswick 23rd July
Under 11 v Penrith 23rd July
Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 7th July
Under 13 Gold v Green 21st July


Under 13 Green v Egremont 28/4

Cockermouth skipper Ewan won the toss on a cold and damp evening asking the home team to bat first. Some good batting from their openers saw them put on 40 with one retiring for first wicket before Luke struck with his first U13 wicket ; clean bowling their other opener. In his third over he got two more wickets to be the star bowler of the evening. Support was given to him by William, Frazer and Callum who returned economical figures. As the weather had warmed up it meant Reegan could actually feel his fingers and take a good catch off Luke to give him his third wicket ( unlike Monday when he dropped a simple catch at training). A special mention to the debutant wicketkeeper Joe, who hasn't kept wicket before and is only still an U11. He looked comfortable with his positioning and pulled off some great leg side stops.  Egremont finished on 112/3 which could have been much less if the long barrier had been used in the field and we hadn't bowled 23 wides!. Guess what we're doing Monday at training!

Hot dogs and cakes were well received at the interval, with an opportunity for everyone to warm up.
Ewan got a good ball to bowl him early on and whilst William, Jacob and Luke hung about, the bowlers were on top with Cockermouth very much in defensive mode. Frazer and Reegan rallied at the end in the dark and top scored with 9 not out and 6 not out respectively, with Cockermouth ending on 49/7.
Despite the result the coach was very impressed with the overall effort in the first game and quickly has identified ways to improve - reduce the wides, better ground fielding and keep your head down when batting. As this is very much a team building for the future it was good that everyone bowled and all but one batted - cricket doesn't usually go that way. Everyone is starting to focus on the club derby next week Gold vs Greens - who will have bragging rights?

Under 11 v Workington 30/4

Cockermouth lost the toss and were asked to bat 1st.The opening pair of Joe and Aleisha did their job doing really well only being out twice in their 4 overs with some good bowling from Workington. Next in were Finley and Tom, with Finley striking the ball well and Tom playing nice and straight protecting his wickets. Hugo and Woody ran well together between the wickets. Josh and Ethan then started to accelerate by scoring 7 and 5. Frazer and Reegan finished the innings off scoring 21 and 7 with a mixture of good running and powerful shots. Cockermouth finished on 275 and only lost 4 minus 5s which is really good in this format.

Workington were quickly up against it with some great fielding where Cockermouth ran 4 batters out. Some really good bowling took place considering it was the first game of the season. Hugo bowled his over without conceding a run and no wides. Finley,Aleisha, Tom and Woody did well bowling nice and straight. Then came the wickets,  Josh with 2 and Frazer 3. Reegan and Ethan were unlucky with their bowling and were very accurate to keep the brakes on Workington who finished on 203 losing 9 wickets. Joe kept wicket as if he's been doing it for years - no byes. A great start to the season - first win by a big 72 runs well done.

Under 15 v Keswick 1/5

1st May saw the start of the Under 15 season with a home game against our near neighbours from Keswick. Captain Will lost the toss with a borrowed pound coin from the opposition and Keswick decided to field. Two good opening bowlers tested out our batters but Ewan and Tom McF saw off the first 8 overs without any loss and scored at a good rate, the score was 36 – 0 after the first 8 overs, which gave a good platform to accelerate in the later overs. Ewan retired with 30 and then two quick wickets fell. Sam was bowled by one that went past him at ankle height and Aiden played a powerful pull shot to the only fielder within yards of where the ball went. At 69 -2 that was the last wicket that fell in the 14th over. Tom McF had also retired with 32 by then,Tom Wilson and Cameron ran very well and put on an unbroken partnership of 56. Tom hit a huge 6 and a couple of powerful 4s and ended up on 28 not out with Cameron scoring off every ball he faced for 11 not out.

A total of 125 – 2 was competitive and looked even better when Gabriel bowled one of their two county players out in the third over, leaving Keswick on 11 – 1. The next two batters played sensibly and kept the board ticking over but always slightly behind the rate. When the captain  retired in the 14th over the scoring rate started to slow and keen fielding kept the required rate high. Will gave 8 players a bowl with special mention to the three Under 13s who all bowled well. Paddy bowled 2 overs for 9, one went for 8 and the other for just a single. Gabriel bowled his 4 overs for next to nothing with the vital wicket of Scott as well and Harry bowled the twentieth over and took two wickets.

Captain Will and Tom McF both bowled 1 over and both took a wicket, so Keswick ended up on 91 – 1 and fell 34 runs short of the Cockermouth total.

A good start and some easy things to improve too. A total of 28 extras didn’t help with 4 wides and 12 no balls which can easily be cut down. One of the no balls was costly when Tom had their second top scorer caught behind by Aiden when he had only scored a few. A bit of coaching on run ups will be the order of the day on Wednesday.

Move on the Workington on Monday and hopefully keep up the good work.

Under 13 Gold v Workington 28/4

Gold's season got under way on a sunny but chilly April evening. Captain Gabriel won the toss and elected to bowl first. He opened up the bowling with himself and Harry. It proved to be a good combination with left armer Gabriel getting good carry and bounce and Harry getting the ball to swing away nicely. Gabriel took the first wicket with a tidy caught and bowled. After three overs each, they made way for Tom and Joe. As the only year 7 in the squad Tom is the youngster of the team but it didn't show as he bowled with confidence forcing the Workington batsman into a run out via some good fielding work by Gabriel and Ruby. At the other end Joe was bowling a tidy line with his leg spin making the batsman work for every run. Keira took over from Tom at the scoreboard end and had success in her second over clean bowling their number four to pick up Gold's third wicket. Luke followed Keira for an over and bowled nicely. Alfie was then on for an over from the Rotary wall end and after going for a boundary from his first ball bowled tightly for the rest of the over. James was unlucky not to get a wicket from his over and Finn who was making his debut bowled an excellent line. Morgan also making his debut opted not to bowl this week preferring to have a little more net practice first. Harry and Gabriel came back on to complete the last two overs with Harry picking up a wicket. Workington proved a strong batting side with some attacking players in their top order. They struck 12 boundaries in their total of 123-4.

After an excellent tea Gabriel and Harry opened up the batting. Both started well playing with confidence, dispatching the bad ball. On 13 Gabriel went for a pull shot but unfortunately didn't connect and was bowled. This brought Joe to the crease who looked in good form straight from the first ball he faced. As the overs progressed Harry and Joe built a good partnership and victory seemed a real possibility. With Harry on 20 they attempted a slightly over ambitious run and Harry paid the price and was run out. Joe however was quickly back into his stride striking 4 fours in a composed 30 retired. Conditions now were getting very dark, however with both teams still smelling victory the umpires were keen to complete the game. Tom was bowled for 2 and Keira ran out for the same score. Ruby however remained defiant in the gloom hitting a text book drive for 4. Alfie joined her in the last over but with a little too much to do and any light almost gone Gold finished on 109-4.

Well done all. It's the Green team next up!

Under 13 Gold v Under 13 Green 5/5

Golds won the toss (after 2 attempts as The Gold skipper forgot to call the 1st time!) Golds batted first with Gab, Harry, Paddy and Joe batting well. Gab retired on 31 with the others making mid teens. Wickets from Connor and 2 from Finn kept them down to 105/3. A great catch from Luke to get rid of the hard hitting Harry showed pleasing improvement on last weeks Green fielding performance. With the Golds finishing on 105 less than Egremont last week it showed an improved bowling performance from the Greens - well done.

A quick turnaround (no hot dogs yet) resulted in some good batting from Ewan hitting 2 great 4's and some dogged defence from Josh saw Greens finish on 45 for 4. Less wickets lost than last week against a better bowling team this week encouraged the coach for future games.  Luke, Paddy and James took wickets with a run out by Morgan whilst Reece was adjusting his pads. Whilst the Golds dominated and deserved  to win, it was pleasing  to see an improved performance from last week - better bowling, batting and fielding so keep going and we will win a game soon.

The coaches man of the matches awards were :
Gab and Luke for the Golds
Ewan and Finn for the Greens.

Everyone enjoyed some fabulous food afterwards put on by all the parents on what was a really successful night for Cockermouth Cricket juniors - proposing a Bar B Q on the return fixture when the temperature gets above 15 degrees!

Under 15 v Workington 8/5

Cockermouth were away to Workington in the second league game of the season. Will Allport kept his 100% record up and lost the toss and again we were asked to bat first.The team batted superbly and lost no wickets in the 20 overs with the top 4 batters all retiring. Tom Mc retired first for 30 off 32 balls and he was followed by Cameron with 30 off 31 balls. Opener Ewan stayed around a little longer and was the third retiree for 31 off 43 balls.

This brought Tom W and Gabriel to the crease and they put a very quick partnership together of 60 with Tom retiring with 2 balls of the innings left for 31 off a rapid 17 balls. Sam faced the last two balls running a 2 and a 3 leaving Gabriel not out on 23 off 16 balls. A final total of 181 off the 20 overs was reward for positive batting, with 22 boundaries hit and again 2 threes. The running was strong and positive as the team didn’t just rely on boundaries.

The team set about trying to defend a total of 81 so that they didn’t get casual and think the game was won with such a large total and they competed for every run, taking 5 catches and 3 run outs. Last weeks 4 opening bowlers were given a rest particularly as they had all bowled for senior teams at the weekend and the other bowlers stepped up. Paddy opened the attack with 4 cheap overs, Sam opened from the other end. Wickets began to fall when Harry came on to bowl with 2 in his first over, ending with 2-9 off his 4 overs. The star was captain Will with his leggies that bounced well on the artificial at Workington. He took 4-12 in his 4 overs and the team were clearly not going to let him get 5 wickets, dropping 3 catches, although Will did drop 1 off Paddy. A really promising spell from Will to go with his wickets on Sunday for the thirds.

Tom W took two sharp chances at slip off Will and Aiden took a catch in the outfield in unfamiliar territory away from the stumps. Tom Mc kept this week and only let 1 bye through. Joe making his Under 15 debut also bowled 4 overs of leggies taking 1-10 with a good catch at backward square by Sam. Aiden then completed things by bowling two overs very tidily for 7 runs. He would have taken a wicket if a catch hadn’t been spilled off the last ball of the game. Workington ended up on 77-10, they had 12 players so we allowed them an extra batter. The team achieved their target of keeping Workington under 81.

The improvement needed from the Keswick game was to give away less extras and they did, only 9 extras as against 28 the previous week. The improvement from this week would be the catching, with 5 chances going down. The other improvement would be for the umpire (me) to put my glasses on so I don’t miss a caught behind which I knew I had missed when the batter smiled at me and the keeper and slip stared at me!!

A great performance and hopefully stands us in good stead for the strong challenge of Penrith in the Cup next week.

Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 17/5

Following the previous weeks abandonment of this County Cup tie the two sides met again, this time on a much drier evening. Last week Gold kept the Whitehaven total down to 77 with two wickets each for Paddy, Dan & Harry and one each for Gabriel & Finn. This time Whitehaven seemed intent on scoring more. The two openers saw off Golds opening bowlers, Gabriel & Paddy, without loss but the introduction of Dan saw Whitehaven lose their first wicket with Harry taking a tidy catch. Dan then returned the favour taking a good catch off Harry's bowling. Golds ground fielding was tidy and all eight bowlers used were accurate with only 8 wides conceded. Whitehaven finished on 88 for 2 so all to play for.

Gold were immediately on the back foot with the loss of Harry for 4, quickly followed by Joe for the same score. This brought Paddy to the crease who immediately looked at home and built an excellent partnership with captain Gabriel. The skipper timed his innings to perfection playing shots all around the wicket. When he retired on 30, Dan joined Paddy at the crease to finish the job. Both batted sensibly with Paddy on 20 not out and Dan 5 not out when the winning runs were scored. Gold earned a well deserved win and progress into the semi final!!

Under 13 Gold v Seascale 19/5

On a sunny evening Gold played their second game in 3 days. This time a league game. With Gabriel on County duty, Paddy took on the captaincy duties, won the toss and elected to bowl first. Some very tight bowling kept the Seascale total down to single figures until the 9th over. However some good shots followed to see their total move on to 54 after their 20 overs. All the Gold players, except keeper Ruby, bowled two overs. There were two run outs and wickets for Dan, Harry, Connor, Luke, James and Morgan.

Connor and James opened the batting making 7 and 6 respectively. Joe batted with confidence before being caught out for 16. Luke and Morgan were both unlucky not to trouble the scorers. Alfie and Harry finished as the not out batsman as Gold reached their target at the end of the 15th over. The game was played in great spirit and another good Friday night was enjoyed by all!!

Under 13 Green v Workington 19/5

Cockermouth won the toss and elected to field. Great start from Luke (without anytime for warm up - apparently all dad's fault! ) - so straight and consistent with his 2 overs. Well backed up from Finn who spun the ball a lot. William bowled nice and straight backed up by Aidan, Josh and Ewan. Then wickets began to fall for Callum, Connor, Frazer (2) and Reegan (2). Whilst we dropped 3 catches we fielded well - caught 3 and had one run out- well done Josh (2), Connor and Reegan with the run out. Having set our target of less than 20 wides before we started we smashed this by only bowling 10 - a fantastic performance in the field against the team likely to be pushing our Golds for top place in the league. 85/6 was a fantastic effort.

Then the difficult bit - scoring some runs! The coaches target was to be better than previous games, so 50 was set. The plan was to then see at what stage of the game this was achieved. Unfortunately Callum, Ewan, Connor and Luke went cheaply - need to keep the ball out if on the wickets and hit it harder on the ground when off the wickets. William (3) and Frazer (7) put on a stand before both played a bad shot to a straight ball hitting across the line. Reegan (6) and Aidan(1) remained not out at the end. Unfortunately we ended up with only 36/6 with only 19 off the bat and 17 extras- we do need to improve this aspect of our game if we are to compete in future games.

So in summary:
What a great 1st half bowling  and fielding effort - continued improvement and at such a pace - well done everyone. It's really great when the opposition parents comment at half time:- whose that keeper? He looks to have real potential and only an U11- great effort Joe keep doing what you're doing. - what a great all round bowling attack you will have next year - 10 bowlers who can all bowl straight. Unfortunately no-one said anything about our batting - I know this is where we need to improve - shot selection to stop the ball hitting the wicket and but also really important is striking the ball better to get more runs. I will suggest the U13 coach focuses on this in practice sessions.

Well done everyone against a strong team  and let's keep improving .

Under 11 v Egremont 24/5

Cockermouth won the toss on a sunny evening and elected to bowl. Some good bowling from Ciaran and  really straight bowling from Nate resulted in 2 wickets early on. This was backed up by Leuan, Aaron and Woody. Josh bowled really well taking 3 wickets all of which were bowled. Ethan started to get his length right and then straightened up during his spell to take a wicket in his last over. Reegan and Frazer kept it tight against their better batsmen to restrict Egremont to 218/8.

The discussions at the break were around batting and running properly so the total should be easily achievable.

Unfortunately wickets began to fall early on -  run outs, bowled and catches leaving the visitors in a difficult position after 12 overs - only 212/6. Reliance on the last 2 pairs was required. Despite Josh/ Ethan losing a wicket and Frazer/Reegan also losing one Cockermouth finished comfortable winners on 258/8. Reegan batted really well hitting his first 6 of the season and a further 3 4s to finish on 22.

Some points to reflect on despite a really good win against a strong Egremont team:
Bowling was ok but 11 wides and 2 no balls = 26 runs. We can get better.
Fielding ok but some mis fields and not always watching the game especially when needing to be backing up the stumps can be improved. However, some fantastic stops from Leuan at cover particularly at the end stopped  a number of 4 s - well done.
Batting is our biggest opportunity to improve. When the ball is on the wickets, we need to stop it. We need to call to our partner to let him know if we are able to run or not, by doing this there will be less confusion. If the ball is wide we should keep watching the ball to give ourselves the best chance  to hit it. If we get a bat on it then it deflects away from the keeper and we get a run. All this will come in future weeks and I'm sure improvement will come. Well done everyone - still top of the league!

Under 13 Gold v Penrith 26/5

On a gloriously sunny evening Cockermouth Gold travelled to Penrith for the northern area county cup semi-final. Gold fielded first with Gabriel and Paddy sharing the new ball. Gabriel had success in his second over clean bowling their opener. At the other end Paddy was working up good pace and was unlucky not to get a wicket. However it was the introduction of Harry King that brought about a change in the tempo of the innings. He picked up two wickets in his first over, finding himself on a hatrick, which he narrowly missed out on. Dan, as always, bowled economically from the other end and Penrith's scoring rate was pegged back to four an over. Harry picked up another wicket in his final over to finish with 3 for 14. Joe joined the attack and had immediate success bowling out their number 5 who was beginning to look dangerous. A theme was developing with Connor also picking up a wicket in his first over aided by a good catch from Finn. Connor bowled a tidy second over to finish with excellent figures of 1 for 3. Captain Gabriel then delivered a master stroke by bringing on Finn to bowl the 19th over. His fellow left armer bowled out two batsman in a row and for the second time in the innings Gold were on a hatrick. Although Finn couldn't claim his hatrick he bowled an excellent over finishing with 2 for 3. It was left to Paddy to bowl the final over which saw Penrith end on 96 for 8. Ruby did a brilliant job again behind the stumps and there was some very good ground fielding throughout.

Gabriel and Harry opened the batting and made an great start racing to 25 before Harry was unlucky to chip one to mid off to be out for 13. Joe came in and picked up where Harry left off playing with confidence. Gabriel was playing some lovely shots and never looked in danger until a change of angle from their left armer saw the ball hold up in the wicket and Gabriel found the mid on fielder to be out for 16. That brought Paddy to the crease who started in great fashion, picking up singles and hitting the bad ball for four. Joe and Paddy put on a good partnership of 24 before Joe was bowled for 12. Gold then lost a couple of quick wickets with Ruby and Dan both departing for 1 each. Keira was in next and played the shot of day with an elegant cover drive for four. Along with partner Paddy they put together a very useful partnership of 19 before Keira was run out for 7 going for an extra run from an overthrow. With the total on 80 Connor came to the crease and picked up 3 before being caught at mid off. Alfie joined Paddy who on 18 was unlucky to be caught and bowled by a ball that popped. Morgan joined Alfie and there was a little confusion with the running that resulted in Morgan being run out, that brought in last man Finn. With wickets falling Alfie got bat on ball but unfortunately it was in the air and the Gold innings ended on 88.

Although they just fell short Gold should be extremely proud of their efforts against a very strong Penrith side.

Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 2/6

On a sunny Friday evening at The Playground, Whitehaven won the toss and asked Gold to bat first. In the absence of Gabriel who was on County duty, Joe stepped up to open the innings with Harry. In the second over Harry got one that straightened on him to see him back in the pavilion. Captain Paddy joined Joe and they both started to manoeuvre the ball well picking up ones and twos. Joe was also putting the bad ball away to the boundary and batted really well again to retire on 31. That brought Dan to the crease who was unlucky to be ran out. Connor came in at number 5 but couldn't connect with some big shots and was caught out. Paddy was the next to go for a well worked 13. Keira and Alfie were there at the end with Alfie finishing on 2 not out and Keira on 0 not out. After 20 overs Gold finished on 69 for 5.

Paddy and Harry shared the new ball and both bowled accurately. Dan followed Harry and bowled two tight overs. Keira and Connor also came into the attack as Gold searched for a wicket. With their opener retiring on 33 the game was almost up when Finn came on to bowl the 11th over.
Whitehaven ran out easy winners in the end but Golds efforts could not be faulted.

Under 13 Green v Seascale 2/6

Cockermouth won the toss and decided to change tact and bat first against Seascale. Josh and Ewan batted well to get 30 retired and 20 respectively. Frazer ran well and struck some good 4's to be not out on 27. After struggling to get to 50 in previous innings this was a welcome relief and hopefully will instil some confidence for the rest of the season. The total of 120/1 was helped by 25 wides from Seascale.

With 120 on the board it was a chance to rest the successful batters when bowling. Connor took 2 wickets in his first over and 1 in his second to grab 3 wickets. Finn and William took one each. With Callum and Aidan getting 2 each the game was won. It was a really good bowling effort with all the wickets being bowled - nice and straight then! Seascale struggled and only managed 33 of which only a miserly 4 runs came off the bat.

Well done everyone and whilst it wasn't against the strongest team in the league it was great to win a game and play so well to get off the bottom of the league.

Under 11 v Whitehaven 4/6

Cockermouth won the toss and due to only starting with 9 decided to bat 1st. Tom joined them in time to bat 2nd pair. We talked at the start of reducing the -5's when batting and wides when bowling. Cameron and Aleisha started the innings and played really well to not get out (no -5s). Finlay and Tom did the same with Finlay striking the ball well (no -5s). Caine and Ben ran well between the wickets (no -5s). Ethan and Josh got 10 off the bat (no -5s). Frazer and Reegan accelerated to get 24 off the bat (no-5s). It's the first time I've seen an U11 side not lose any wickets in the whole innings - a great effort. Cockermouth finished on 307/0.

Hot dogs and cakes went down well - thanks ladies best food in the league!

After the break it was time to focus on bowling straight. Finlay got 2 wickets in his over; both bowled. Ben, Cameron, Tom, Ethan and Aleisha bowled nice and straight with no runs coming from the bat during their 9 overs! Wickets then fell with good bowling from Caine (2 wickets - good catch from stand in keeper Frazer), Josh (1 wicket) and Frazer (1 wicket). Some great bowling with only 12 wides (compared to Whitehavens 27) backed up with good fielding (including 2 run outs with a cheeky flick from Josh keeping wicket at the end) shows how the players are all improving.

Whitehaven finished on 194/ 9 losing 45 in -5's so it does pay to protect your wickets and not get out. So a good all round performance by all players to keep the U11 s unbeaten and top of the league.

Under 13 Gold v Egremont 9/6

After the rain earlier in the week everyone was relieved to see Friday night sunshine at the Raymond Denham Sandair Oval. Egremont won the toss and opted to bat first. Skipper Gabriel opened the bowling from the Rotary Wall end and had success in his first over with Connor taking a great catch. Gabriel continued to bowl an excellent line and picked up another wicket in his second over with keeper Joe taking a neat catch behind the stumps. Paddy was bowling well from the scoreboard end and picked up a wicket in his third over with Joe again taking the catch. Harry replaced Gabriel and he took a wicket in his second over with Connor taking his second catch of the game. Morgan replaced Paddy and bowled really well to take two wickets in his second over. The first was was an excellent diving catch by Gabriel, the second confidently taken by Paddy. James was next to bowl from the Rotary Wall end and picked up a wicket in first over giving Connor his third catch of the game. Finn and Connor bowled two tidy overs each but it was the introduction of Keira that got the crowd cheering. Bowling from the scoreboard end she took two wickets with her first two balls. The fielders moved in for the hat-trick ball but the Egremont batsman just managed to keep the ball out. Tom was bowling at a lively pace as the last of the Egremont batters looked to up the score. Unfortunately for them they took a risk going for a second run and Harry was on hand to complete the run out. Gold turned in a fantastic fielding performance to restrict Egremont to 33 all out in 16.4 overs. With only 6 wides and 2 no balls this was Gold's best bowling performance of the season. Even better than that was Gold's catching with 8 of the 10 dismissals being caught.

Finn and Luke opened up for Gold, taking the score up to 7 before Luke was out for 1. James joined Finn at the crease and moved the score on to 17 before James was caught and bowled for 1. Keira then came in at number 4. With Finn on 5 he middled a lovely pull shot but unfortunately picked out the square leg fielder who took a good catch. Morgan scored 2 before being caught out. Tom joined Keira to see Gold through finishing on 2 not out and Keira top scoring on 6 not out. An excellent all round performance by the team. Well done all.

Under 13 Green v Whitehaven 9/6

Stand in skipper Connor won the toss and elected to bowl. Connor and Luke opened, bowling straight against some positive batting by Whitehaven's  openers. Luke took a wicket via a comfortable catch from Connor. William and Jacob were next up with William clean bowling their other opener. Jacob took 2 wickets in his first over with Mr Reliable (Connor) holding onto another catch. Josh, Frazer and Callum kept the pressure on only giving away 12 runs off their 6 overs. Aidan took a wicket in his spell with Finn and Reegan closing the innings. Reegan took 2 wickets narrowly missing out on his hat trick. At one point Whitehaven were in real trouble at 40/5 but recovered to end on 76/6 off their 20 overs. Again the improvement in bowling was noticeable with only 11 wides - single figures next week please!

Callum batted well seeing off a good number of the openers overs as the others struggled  to last against a quick and accurate attack until Frazer came in at number 5 with the score 16/3. Aidan batted steadily for a number of overs to build a partnership with Frazer before being run out. Frazer hit some powerful shots after playing himself in to end on 27. Reegan batted sensibly and strongly to finish on 17 not out with Josh supporting and running well. Cockermouth finished only 6 short on 70/6 failing to get 12 off the last over.

What a turn around from the games when the batters had struggled to get to 50 in 3 of the other games. So close to back to back wins with the players gaining so much confidence from their last 2 results - well done everyone!

Under 15 v Whitehaven 12/6

The Under 15s played their third league game of the season away at Whitehaven last night and came away with their third victory leaving them top of the league. Put into bat the top six all scored double figures, captain Tom McF was the first to go for 17 with the score on 28, caught behind to a good low catch and then the 50 was reached in the 9th  when Will was out to a really good Yorker from Under 13 county bowler Matthew Harrison for 19. Tom Wilson hit one huge six and then was out caught at deep mid wicket for 12  hitting the ball perfectly to the fielder who did not have to move, 65-3 in the 11th over. The scoring rate was upped by Cameron and Gabriel, with Cameron hitting 32 off 24 balls including 2 sixes of his own. He was replaced by an equally hard hitting Aiden. It was pleasing to see that his three ducks in a row did not affect him and 33 off 17 balls also including two sixes and he and Gabriel were responsible for increasing the scoring rate even more. He retired off the next to last ball by which time the scoring rate was over 7 an over. Last man in making his CCC junior debut was Luke who sadly perished to a straight ball trying to hit it out of the ground… there will be more to come. Gabriel ended up on 20 not out off 20 balls.

Finishing on 146 – 4 was a good performance especially without two of the squads highest scorers, Ewan and Sam  elsewhere. The team managed 5 maximums and 14 other boundaries on a slow pitch that sat up when the ball was bowled short and was punished. The mid innings talk revolved around bowling a pitched up length to make the batter drive and for the fielders to attack every ball as if they were defending 75 not 146.

Gabriel got the perfect start with a pitched up delivery that had the opener LBW and the only runs scored were a drive for 2 well parried by Tom to stop the boundary. Whitehaven never got close to the required rate and a second wicket went down in Gabriel’s next over with a good caught and bowled to leave the opposition 11 – 2 . Cameron and Gabriel bowled the first 8 overs for 24 which allowed Will to bring Tom W on at 1 end and for Under 11 Frazer to bowl an over before his 10 over stint in the field ended. Tom W took 2 wickets in his first over , one a good catch in the gully by Will and the other a catch for Gabriel. Frazer bowled a good over for 6 and at the half way stage Whitehaven were 33 needing another 114 to win.

A good partnership developed but the fielding kept the scoring rate down and when both players retired it was followed by a small flurry of wickets including two run outs. Will asked Harry,Joe, Daniel and Luke to bowl and also an over for Tom Allport who had fielded for the last 10 overs in place of Frazer. All 10 players bowled except Tom McF and Aiden who grazed out on the boundary for 20 overs well away from his normal hunting ground behind the stumps

Whitehaven ended on 88–6 and Cockermouth had won by 58 runs. A big improvement on the Penrith fielding performance and only 3 short balls hit to the boundary as against plenty by Whitehaven on their home pitch. Gabriel ended up with 2–9 from his 4 overs and Tom W 2–3 from his 2 overs.

On to home and away games against Egremont next which will be a hard test, but the team are playing good cricket and look like a team, Whitehaven adults said how good our “team” had looked which was pleasing.

Under 15 v Egremont 21/6

The top of the table clash between Cockermouth Under 15s and Egremont Under 15s didn’t disappoint and, as has happened over the years with these players, was very close.

Egremont batted first having been put in and started well, going at 6 an over to the 12th over when they were 75-2. Will took the first wicket with a catch behind for Aiden and Cameron followed up with the captain plumb LBW at 54. The opposition were pegged back scoring 32 off the last 8 overs to finish on a very reachable 107–7. Gabriel had started with 2 maidens, Cameron and Ewan only conceding less than 16 with their 4 overs and taking 2 wickets each.

In reply Cockermouth were always close to the required rate , but wickets pegged them back regularly. Tom Wilson retired with 30 off 24 balls and Cameron hit a quick 13 with 3 boundaries, the one six of the game was hit by Aiden and with 3 overs to go 8 runs were needed. Egremont brought their best bowler back to bowl the 18th over which was a double wicket maiden including the important wickets of Gabriel for 17 and Will for 1. The remaining runs were difficult to get with Egremont bringing the field in and bowling straight, 2 run outs left Cockermouth an agonising run short of their target at 106 all out.

The return fixture at Egremont on Monday will be a chance to reply with a win. The team will have learnt a lot from this close defeat and will come out fighting next week. Still all to play for.

Under 11 v Seascale 18/6

Acting Captain Josh won the toss, and asked Seascale to bat.  With small boundaries, the team were asked to bowl as tightly as they could. Ciaran started with a wicket in his 1st over. An excellent catch by wicket keeper Joe bought our next wicket in the 4th over off Hugos bowling. Zach, making his debut, bowled very Well, and returned with 2 maidens. Ben, Nate and Woody kept the pressure on, with Ben taking 2 wickets.  Ethan and Josh finished off well.

Chasing 223 we again placed the emphasis on not losing wickets. Just like last week all the guys performed well. Against the bowling of Seascale we could perhaps have played more aggressively, but they stuck to what was asked.

Ciaran added a partnership of 20, Joe & Nate 26, Woody & Hugo 9, Caine & Ben 16 and Ethan & Josh batted really well together, rotating the strike really well, and hitting the ball hard when needed to put on 39 for the final pair.

A good solid performance from an improving team. Still work to be done on bowling straight and running between the wickets.

Under 11 v Cleator 19/6

Cockermouth fielded first and bowled well at stages. Woody took a wicket, followed up by 2 good run outs to put Cleator under pressure. Ethan turned the screw with 3 wickets( all bowled) with Josh (2 caught) and Frazer (both bowled and narrowly missing his hat trick) picking up a further two. Frazer bowled really fast off a reduced run up and Reegan was unlucky in not getting a wicket from his 3 overs. Cleator ended on 210/10
After ice lollies if was Cockermouth's turn to bat. Hugo,Woody and Finley lost early wickets but a great straight 4 from Finlay settled the nerves. Joe  was not out with Ben and Caine just being out once due to some good Cleator bowling. Time to accelerate with Josh,Ethan , Reegan and Frazer who proved too strong. Ethan 12,Josh 16,Reegan 10 and Frazer 23 to enable a comfortable win getting 294/7.
Cockermouth leap frogged Cleator to go top of the league with 3 games left.

Under 13 Gold v Workington 16/6

Cockermouth visited league leaders Workington on a sunny Friday evening looking to avenge their narrow defeat in the opening game of the season.

Cockermouth batted first and got off to a flyer with Gabriel and Joe looking in total control of the bowling. With the score on 46 Gabriel was bowled out for a quick fire 25. This brought Harry to the wicket but unfortunately he got a good one and was dismissed first ball. Paddy joined Joe and they took the score onto 56 before Joe was dismissed for 17. Some accurate bowling from Workington restricted the runs for Cockermouth. Dan was next to go for 3. Kierra followed also for 3 which left Conor and Paddy together at the end Paddy finishing on 12 not out and Connor on 4 not out. Cockermouth finished on 84 when a bigger score looked on the cards.

Cockermouth started well with some accurate bowling from Gabriel and Paddy. After four overs Workington were 8/1 with Paddy picking up the first wicket. Workington then pushed on before Gabriel bowled the other opener and at 29/2 Cockermouth were very much in the game. Despite Harry's best efforts bowling a tight line Workington took the game away from Cockermouth with some strong batting. Dan picked up a good caught and bowled but it couldn't stop Workington reaching their target with 4 overs to spare.

Under 13 Green v Egremont 16/6

Egremont won the toss and selected to field. Ewan and Josh Brown opened the batting with Josh getting 22, Ewan 11. Callum and Reagan got 2 runs, and Aidan not out with 1 and Finn not out with 5. Ewan chatted with the team about batting order and everyone seemed happy with it. Egremont conceded 20 wides making the total for Cockermouth 68 for 5 wkts

Cockermouth fielding was tight and close, with some difficult unsuccessful catches. However Callum got one wicket, Josh got one wicket, Reagan got 4 wickets and 3 catches (twice from his own bowling). Corey Stewart was a star with two wickets and one catch and Jacob Wilson got one wicket and Finn Ireland got one wicket. This all helped to get Egremont out for 57 runs with 2 overs remaining. Cockermouth conceded 20 wides. Key moments - Ewan and Josh partnership to help build a good lead, Reagan bowling and catching, Corey bowling help get through the lower batting order and Connor wicket keepered well. All feeling positive and more disciplined. Ewan decided to let Josh and Reagan bowl an extra 3rd over which created 3 extra wickets which tore through the top batting order. That cliched the game, two wins for the greens and on a roll - bring on the Golds!

Under 13 Gold v Seascale 30/6

Gold travelled to Seascale on a pleasant Friday evening. The late June sunshine was peaking through the clouds as the captains strode to the middle. With Gabriel stuck in traffic vice captain Paddy took on the duties and called correctly. Gold were in confident mood so Paddy opted to bat first. The rain during the week had softened the wicket which resulted in the ball moving off the seam a lot in the early overs. Openers Joe and Ruby batted sensibly making sure they didn't get out. Once they got themselves in the both batted really well. Joe was first to retire bringing up his 30 retired with a six. Ruby also retired on 30 hitting 5 fours along the way. Batting at 3 Harry was unlucky to top edge one and was well caught on the fine leg boundary for 3. Paddy came in at 4 and Tom at 5 and they shared a profitable partnership before Tom was stumped for 13. Dan joined Paddy at the crease who kicked on and retired on 30 striking 4 fours and six. This brought Gabriel to the wicket who took 10 balls to reach 30! His scoring shots were 1,6,4,1,6,6,6 including one six which landed on the pavilion roof and ended up on the bowling green! Keira and Dan finished the not out batters. Dan on 6 and Keira on 13 which included 3 fours. A brilliant batting performance which saw Gold posting 181 for 2.

Following juice and biscuits James opened the bowling and was successful in his first over with Gabriel taking a sharp catch at first slip. Luke shared the opening bowling duties and also took a wicket in his first over clean bowling the other opener. James and Luke bowled out their 4 overs each, both demonstrating good accuracy and pace. Morgan replaced James at the road end and picked up 2 wickets in his 4 over spell. Both were excellent catches by James at mid off. A run out and a wicket for Gabriel were the only other wickets to fall as Gold shared the bowling around. Seascale finished short of their target but some aggressive middle order hitting saw then finish on 105 for 6.

With almost 300 runs scored on the night and with both teams playing cricket in a great spirit it was a very enjoyable evening for all.

Under 13 Green v Workington 30/6

Cockermouth batted first and got off to a quick start before getting a bit bogged down in the middle of the innings. Josh was out for 4 before Ewan (11) and Reegan (28) put on a 30 run partnership. Callum was unlucky to be run out with his bat just in the air when the wickets were hit.Frazer hit a quick 17 with Corey and Aidan there at the end. Cockermouth finished on 79/6. Whilst further improvement on previous games, it was probably about 25 runs below where they had hoped.

A strong Workington batting team got off to a good start before Frazer removed one of the openers via a great catch by Josh. Corey then followed on from last week taking another wicket. Callum removed their danger man but it was all in vein as some strong batting at the end saw Workington pass Cockermouth's score with 4 overs to spare.

Nevertheless improvement continues and with 3 games left hopefully some more victories will demonstrate the improvement seen through the season.

Under 11 v Kirkby Stephen 2/7

Cockermouth lost the toss and were asked to bat. Kirkby Stephen quickly had them on the back foot removing Reegan for 0 and Frazer running Josh out for 9. Frazer and Ethan then steadied the ship before Frazer decided to run himself out when on 25. Ethan progressed to 21 with some good support from Caine, Joe and Ben. Due to some slack bowling at the end Cockermouth were fortunate to finish on 105/5.

It was a score that Cockermouth should have been able to defend but the opening overs didn't go too well. Too many balls off the wickets and some good hitting from Kirkby's opener who is a county player. Ethan took two wickets in his opening spell with Josh and Caine chipping in with one wicket each. Frazer and Ben ran two of their batters out but it all didn't look enough as Kirkby Stephen progressed to needing just 12 runs with 5 overs left. Frazer, Reegan and Josh failed to get a wicket so last throw of the dice was to bowl out the more experienced bowlers by bringing Ethan on. Ethan rose to the challenge and took the last 2 wickets needed for victory leaving Kirkby Stephen 6 short with 3 overs in hand.

After two tight games in the last week hopefully the guys respond with an improved all round performance in their next game which could be the league clincher.

Under 15 v Workington 3/7

The under 15s got back on to winning ways with a hard fought game against Workington. Batting first on a slow, low wicket Cockermouth found it difficult to score at a fast rate and the early order were restricted to 37 off the first 10 overs for the loss of 5  wickets. A score of around 80 looked a likely outcome. The strength in depth of the batting came to the fore with the late order all playing their part well. Gabriel, Cameron and Will batting at 7, 8 and 9 posted scores of 14, 13 and 18. Will finding the boundary 4 times in his knock. A respectable total of 96 for the loss of 8 wickets was very good in the circumstances and was a total that could be defended.

It was good to see that 5 players reached double figures to show that there are a number of players who can help with the batting. Losing three wickets in one over also didn’t put the team off and they fought back from 36–5 well.

The Workington reply was stopped very quickly by a great spell from Gabriel who bowled 4–3–1–2, accounting for two of the Workington county players with straight balls. After Gabriel and Ewan had finished their opening spells the visitors were well behind the clock at 11–2. This allowed captain Will to give 6 bowlers a 2 overs spell and wickets were taken by Will himself and 2 for Cameron.

The fielding was very keen and Joe in particular was showing an interest in taking out shares in Proctor and Gamble diving around and making a couple of good stops, Luke, Tom and Sam also attacked the ball and threw well into keeper Tom McF. Workington finished on 48–5, Cockermouth winning by 48 runs.

A blank week next week before the season finales against Whitehaven and Keswick.

Under 13 Green v Seascale 7/7

Cockermouth batted first and made 110/2. Frazer and Reegan both retired on 30 and were supported well by Callum (10). Some good bowling from Seascale on a bouncy track restricted Cockermouth to a few less than they had hoped.

Nevertheless an opportunity was given to 10 bowlers to restrict Seascale and gain their 3rd win of the season. In a competitive game Corrie took a wicket in his first over. William bowled accurately and Finn got a wicket to remove the other opener. Rhys bowled with some pace and Connor was his usual accurate self. The skipper Ewan kept the score down at one end with Aidan feeling the brunt of the big hitting Ben. Callum got 2 vital wickets which meant Reegan and Frazer (1 wicket) just needed to bowl accurately and they did to keep Seascale down to 87/5, winning by 23 runs.

Two more games and the goal is to try and rise further up the league by winning one out of the next two games to create a good platform to build on for this team next season.

Under 11 v Threlkeld 9/7

Cockermouth won the toss and elected to bowl. After a couple of lack lustre performances in the field it was important that improvement was seen. Some excellent fielding from Hugo, Woody, Finley and Ben saw Cockermouth tighten the screw on their opponents. This was supported by some great bowling from Aaron, Caine (2 wickets), Reegan (2 wickets), Frazer (3 wickets) and Ethan (4 wickets). Joe pulled off some great stops as keeper to some quick bowling from Frazer. Unfortunately one of the Threlkeld players was hit on the arm but, after being checked out at hospital, thankfully just had a rather big bruise and nothing broken - hope he gets better soon. Threlkeld were restricted to 193, so Cockermouth new that minimum -5 s would see them home to clinch the title.

Solid batting from Aaron,Woody, Finley and Ben meant no wickets lost. Joe and Hugo ran well together. Ethan and Caine (promoted up the order) coped well with the better bowlers. Frazer hit 4 x 4s  to get to 21 with some solid support from Reegan to finish on 282/3 and a comfortable victory by 89 runs and retaining the league title with a game to spare - well done all with lots of smiles, songs and photos after the game.

Under 11 v Keswick 18/7

Cockermouth come through a tight finish to complete their league campaign winning every game they played to win the league comfortably.

Frazer won the toss (not lost one all season) and elected to bowl. Some discussion around the key fielding and bowling basics took place as there were a few less experienced squad members in the team tonight. Zach and Aleisha bowling well in the extreme heat. Zach no wides and Aleisha 3 from her 2 overs. Finley bowled his over without conceding a run off the bat. Tom came on to bowl really straight taking the 1st wicket of the game by hitting middle wicket. Zach ran out one of their 2nd pair with some good work from Joe. Joe again had a really difficult game again behind the stumps on a low bouncing wicket but did fantastic to only concede 6 byes with one being a 4 from a mis-field at fine leg off the pace of Frazer.  Woody and Ben tightened the screw bowling before Ethan took his usual 3 wickets (all bowled) . Josh straightened up his bowling as he went through his spell and bowled a good line against their best batter but Frazer helped the team recover by taking 4 wickets in his 3 overs (all bowled). Keswick lost 9 wickets but did manage 232 so the tie was evenly balanced. Drinks and biscuits helped cool down the players - hot dogs would have been preferred.

Zach and Aleisha batted sensibly to take the score to 210 after their 4 overs. Tom and Woody got the first runs off the bat taking the score to 228. The better bowlers started to take control with Finley and Ben losing 4 wickets in their 4 overs. With 8 overs left Cockermouth had dropped to 212 so a bit of work to do. Joes improvement with the bat continues and he made 7 and not looking in any trouble. Ethan attacked but lost a wicket in his last over dragging on. With Josh and Frazer walking to the wicket Cockermouth were 221. The first 2 overs were bowled really tightly and  took the score to 225 and still the message was no - 5s and we would win. Frazer despatched a full toss for 4 backed up with some sensible batting from Josh. One over left and 3 runs to win. Frazer hit a boundary off the First ball and a couple of smart runs with the field out saw Cockermouth home with 236. Apart from the cup 1/4 final at Kirkby Stephen this was the teams biggest challenge but they came through it well to end the league season unbeaten.

We have needed the whole squad this year so well done to everyone who has played - everyone has improved through the short season so a really pleasing effort by everyone.

Hopefully we can perform on Sunday at Workington and do well in the semi final against Keswick.

Well done everyone!

Under 11 v Keswick 23/7

Frazer won the toss again and put the opposition in. Reegan took an early wicket which gained control. Frazer, Josh, supported him bowling tightly, with Ethan getting his usual wicket and not conceding. After the 1st 8 overs Keswick were 19/2. Aaron and Caine bowled superbly to take 3 more wickets leaving Keswick on 38/5 after 14 overs. Ben and Woody only went for 7 off their overs leaving Frazer,Ethan, Reegan and Josh to close out the innings for not many more. It's worth mentioning a great catch from Leuan at point who plucked the ball out of the air so comfortably. Keswick finished on 51/5 after their 20 overs.

Frazer and Reegan opened and looked untroubled hitting 5x 4 s getting Cockermouth home easily with 11 overs to spare. A comfortable batting performance to secure the progress to the final.

Under 11 v Penrith 23/7

Frazer lost the toss and Cockermouth were asked to bat getting off to a really bad start with Frazer running Reegan out on 3 rd ball for 0. Frazer then got a good ball on 7 which only just shaved the top of off stump with some challenges put into the umpire but he stood his ground (against his son!). Josh and Ethan recovered the situation taking the score from 12/2 to 57/3. Josh was caught behind for a patient 20 with Ethan 23 no and Joe 2 not out at the end. Was it enough? Probably not but for sure the fielding and bowling needed to be good to make it a competitive game.

Frazer opened the bowling and got a wicket in his First over to up the pressure. Reegan supported well with Josh chipping in with an important wicket which removed one of their dangerous batters. With the score 31/2 after 8 the game was in favour of Penrith. A fabulous run out by Reegan brought the big hitting Seth into the game. His game was short lived as a great catch from Woody off Aaron's bowling started to put the squeeze on the opposition. Game on now but had Cockermouth got enough runs to defend? Frazer came on to try and get another wicket and he did bowling out Xander. 63/5 and it was twist or bust by the coach. Ethan, Ben and Reegan bowled well claiming another 2 wickets to leave the game closely poised but in Penriths favour needing 3 off the last 2 overs with 3 wickets left. Woody took a wicket caught by Frazer but it was just a journey too far as Penrith managed to cross the line with 7 balls and 2 wickets to spare.

It was a fabulous performance by all 11 players who have improved so much during the season. Probably not quite enough runs to defend but a fighting performance to give the opponents a real shock.

Great season guys - only lost one game in the whole season (unfortunately the story of my 3 seasons as a junior Coach!).

Under 13 Gold v Whitehaven 7/7

The two teams arrived at a soggy Sandair following a rainy afternoon in Cockermouth. Play was looking unlikely but thankfully there was a change in the weather that allowed a 6:30 start to play. With the game reduced to 15 overs, Gold won the toss and elected to field.

Gabriel and Paddy opened up and bowled with great accuracy restricting Whitehaven to only 6 from the first 4 overs. Dan, playing his last game for Cockermouth before his move to the Midlands came on first change and bowled three tidy overs. Harry supported him well from the other end. Connor replaced Dan and took the first wicket to fall with keeper Ruby taking the catch. Finn bowled a neat over before Paddy & Gabriel returned to finish off the overs with Whitehaven ending on 73 for 1.

Gabriel and Joe opened up for Gold. Joe fell early to a caught and bowled which brought Harry in. Gabriel was the first to retire and he was quickly followed by Harry. Both batsman batted with confidence striking the ball to the boundary on a regular basis. Paddy and Dan were now at the crease and were edging closer to their target. Paddy pushed a one to tie the scores. Dan then hit one over the top to score the winning runs! A perfect end to Dan's time with Cockermouth!!

Under 13 Gold v Green 21/7

The final U13 league fixture of the season saw Gold take on Green. Despite the weather there was a good crowd in. Both sides have been well supported this year which has been really appreciated by the players and the coaches.

Gold batted first with Gabriel and Joe getting off to a steady start. The running between the wickets was good picking up a number of singles to rotate the strike. With Gabriel on 18 Aiden got one through his defences to bowl him. Harry picked up where Gabriel left off but chanced one quick single too many and was ran out by Reegan for 10. Ruby came in next but was undone by a good ball from Will and had to depart for 4. This brought Connor to the crease who started superbly striking the ball to the boundary with real power. All the while Joe was accumulating his runs hitting 5 fours in a well timed 32 retired. Keira joined Connor and the two of them saw Gold through to the end of the overs posting 133 for 3. Connor finishing on 28 not out and Keira on 2 not out.

Gabriel opened up and bowled at a lively pace starting with a double wicket maiden. Ewan and Callum were the unlucky batsman. Luke started from the Pavilion End and bowled out Josh to leave Greens 1 for 3. Reegan and Connor steadied the ship before Alfie bowled Connor for two. Frazer came to the crease and was quickly into his stride. The two of them put a good partnership together striking the ball to the boundary on numerous occasions. With retirement looming Frazer attempted one attacking shot too many and was caught by Connor from the bowling of Keir for 24. At the other end Reegan continued to attack before being bowled by Harry for 29. Jacob came in and struck two lovely fours. Keira bowled the last over and had Joe LBW off the final ball to see Green finish on 102 for 7 with Jacob 10 not out.

It was a really enjoyable game with both teams playing some excellent cricket. The benefit of having two U13 teams this season has been clear to see with all players making improvements.