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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 Green v Workington 19th May

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 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 .


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