2nd XI v Kirkby Stephen 1st 9th June
2nd XI v Dalton 1st 8th June
2nd XI v Penrith 2nds 1st June
Under 15 Gold v Wigton - County Cup semi final 31st May
2nd XI v Lanercost 25th May
Under 15 Gold v Carlisle Green - County Cup 17th May
2nd XI v Kirkby 4th May
2nd XI v Ulverston 20th April
2nd XI v Kirky Stephen 1st XI 9/6 - John Scott Memorial County Cup
On a very warm Saturday the seconds travelled to one of their early season rivals. The Dalton ground and wicket were a picture and it was apparent even from just looking at the playing surface that there was lots of runs to be had. However after loosing the toss and being asked to field first it was not going to be Cockermouth who would have the first go at building a big first innings score. The early wicket of one of the Dalton openers was a smokescreen for what then occurred as the Dalton batsmen set about building what became a huge total. The ball flew across the lightning fast outfield and over the very short boundary on the church side of the ground at a regular pace with all bowlers suffering at some point or other. After the number 2 and 3 batsmen had reached hundreds the score scorched along and by the 49th over with the score at 346 for 5 the Dalton skipper decided that was enough runs!! The Cockermouth players were by now a little bemused at the reluctance of the Dalton team not to have declared earlier and at least try to set Cockermouth a realistic target to go for. What was really encouraging from what was a long hot day chasing the 'little red fella' around the ground was the attitude shown by the team, the younger players especially will have learned a lot from being at the receiving end of the opposition innings which will stand them in good stead for the future.
It was established right from the start of the Cockermouth innings that the priorities would be establish a good base, collect the full batting points on offer and don't get beat! On a pitch that was still very good to bat on the Cockermouth innings was led by Marcus Stables and the Skipper. Both batsmen played with positive intent and punished any bad ball. Marcus played some beautiful drives to reach a well deserved first 50 for the second team and with the skipper also scoring a half century the two openers compiled a 120 run opening partnership. With Jason Holmes making his Cockermouth debut adding a positive 30 not out and Tom Norman also showing good technique the Cockermouth score ended on 180 for 3. This score would without doubt have been more if it had not been for some very negative field placings set very early in the Cockermouth reply which was surprising when 340 was the target score!! With 9 points accumulated the team left Dalton a bit bruised but with their unbeaten record still intact.
2nd XI v Dalton 1st XI 8/6
On a quite picturesque but rabbit holed Kirby Stephen ground the skipper won the toss and inserted the opposition. With a changed team from the previous day the normal opening bowlers of Hodgson and Haughton bowled a good opening spell keeping the Kirby Stephen batsmen tied down with only the odd boundary allowing them any respite. With some lust blows from a variety of batsmen the Kirby innings ended on a quite respectable 170 for 8. With no umpires turning up the officiating was carried out by a representative of the home club and Alan Stables from CCC. Both umpires had excellent games and were extremely fair to both sides.
The Cockermouth innings didn't get off to the best of starts as Marcus Stables hit a full bloodied square cut straight into Points hands. However this was the last success the Kirby Stephen team were to have as Elliot Malloy and the skipper compiled a 150 run partnership with Elliot hitting a patient 65 and Stephen 83.The match was duly wrapped up in the penultimate over with a towering six over square leg by the skipper. A very good win against opposition who had until this game been unbeaten in their league.
2nd XI v Penrith 2nd XI 1/6
Saturday June 1st saw Penrith 2nds visit Sandair for a First Division fixture. For the second weekend running the skies were a beautiful blue and the sun shone declaring summer had finally arrived!
A young Penrith team backed up by some experienced 'older 'players including former Cockermouth 2nds player of the 1990's Ken Reid took on a similarly balanced Cockermouth team. For the second match in a row, or was it actually the third!! The skipper won the toss and with hesitation inserted the opposition in on what looked like a decent surface.
The opening bowling partnership of Matthew Hodgson and David Houghton soon had the Penrith openers pinned back with some accurate bowling. It wasn't long before, after some precision bowling, one of the openers chased a delivery that slid across him and the skipper took a sharp catch at first slip. Scoring opportunities hereafter for the Penrith batsmen were restricted to the odd 2 and hastily run singles. With the introduction of the 'spin twins' Drimmie and Chambers the combination of leg and off spin proved too much of an irresistible force and the two bowlers took 5 wickets between them, with the skipper finishing with 3 for 38 in his 15 overs and young Oscar bowling yet another very well controlled spell of leggies. David Houghton returned to the attack to take 2 wickets towards the end of the innings and bowled a fine end of innings spell following on from his efforts the previous week. With the Penrith team finishing their 50 overs on 124 for 8, a total that seemed quite a way short of a decent total, there was a quiet optimism in the Cockermouth changing room.
However the Cockermouth innings did not exactly begin with any confidence as both Andrew Davidson and Liam Jackson fell to the same Penrith opening bowler. This brought the evergreen Jimbo Bowen to the crease and with the youthful and talented Marcus Stables they both set about steadying the Cockermouth ship! With the early optimism of two quick wickets slowly melting it soon became clear that this was a good batting wicket and the two players began to dominate the Penrith bowling with Mark particularly quick to punish any wayward bowling, one straight six clearing the field of play. The score began to rattle along at a steady pace and by the 31st over the final runs were scored to ensure another very good win was guaranteed.
A great all round performance from the seconds ensuring they stayed top of the division.
After a glorious day of sunshine, the clouds and rain appeared, to make it a chilly evening in Wigton.
Wigton won the toss and decided to have a bat on their artificial wicket. It looked like a great decision
as the openers raced to 50 without loss after 11 overs. However, the introduction of spin totally changed
the game and after Jonty Styles removed both openers in his second over, Tom Smith came on to pick up a
further 2 wickets. This left Wigton reeling and in no time 59 for 0 became 63 for 6. The next Wigton pair
consolidated until Wigton finally reached 100 for 8 after their 20 overs. Jonty finished his spell with 3 for 10
off 4 overs and Tom Smith got 2 for 6 from his 2 overs.
Having chased 125 easily against Carlisle in the last round, this seemed like a reasonable target to chase,
but we underestimated the advantage of the Wigton bowlers knowing exactly how to bowl on the artificial wicket.
Captain for the night, Tom Norman, went relatively early, but Marcus Stables and Matty Blackley kept the score
ticking along, although the run rate did creep up a bit as the batsmen could not find the gaps in the field.
As the run chase accelerated, Marcus was out for a well earned 37 which brought in Jonty Styles to score a rapid
11 before also being out. So the final over arrived with 6 needed to win, which was no problem for Becksy as he
smashed the third ball of the over for 4 to seal a hard fought win by 7 wickets, as Matty Blackley ended the innings with 34 not out.
A great result for the boys who will now play Keswick in the final.
This was surely the first proper summers day of the season and what better place than the picturesque Lanercost ground alongside the beautiful Lanercost Priory to play in a thriller of a game.
Lanercost had suffered like most places from quite a lot of rain during the week which had caused the outfield not to have been cut which was a pity as the ground would have looked a treat in the glorious summer sun. The wicket looked to be a slow and low one and the skipper didn't hesitate to insert the home team in on winning the toss. The home openers set off very circumspect and with some tight bowling from David Houghton and Matthew Hodgson the scoring opportunities were restricted. A few wild shots just falling short of fielders added to both the fielding team and the batters frustrations, however both bowlers did a great job in restricting the scoring opportunities of both batters and increased their frustration. With the introduction of Oscar Drimmie and the skipper there next followed 30 overs of spin. Young Oscar bowled beautifully with very good control and flight bagging 3 wickets along the way and was a little unfortunate not to have 4 wickets when the main scorer for Lanercost was dropped on 33 and then went on to make a good 80 not out adding a further 20 odd runs onto Oscars figures in the process. However it was an excellent spell of bowling and I am sure probably the longest single spell of his fledgling cricketing career to date. With the skipper bagging 3 wickets it was left to David Houghton to return to the attack to bowl an excellent spell of 'death' bowling scuttling the last 3 Lanercost wickets for very little whilst also starving the Lanercost skipper who was in full flow by now of the bowling. With the Lanercost innings closing out in the 47th over it left the seconds with a precious 3 extra overs on top of the 50 and how they were to need those overs!
After an excellent tea the opening pair of Andrew Davidson and Elliot Malloy took to the field determined to build a solid partnership in reply to a very good score. With some careful and precisely placed singles and two's this is precisely what the two did and slowly but surely the 'noisy' Lanercost fielders began to be silenced until there was a noticeable slump in their body language as the opening partnership crept up to the 80 mark. It was then that an uncharacteristic shot from Andrew ended his very promising innings and as is often the case 1 wicket can bring another and so it proved with the demise of Elliot for a carefully constructed 28 runs. From then on in it was always looking like the game was going to be close with some excellent fielding and miserly bowling from the home team the pressure began to mount. David lifted this pressure for a short time with a beautiful six struck high over mid -on. However when David and then the skipper parting quickly one after the other it came down to the seconds needing 2 runs off 2 balls. Matthew Hodgson managed to sneak a cheeky 1 run thus leaving the vastly experienced Drakey to face the last ball needing 1 to win. With a feint step forward causing the Lanercost bowler to drop his arm slightly the ball bounced just nicely outside Drakey's off stump and with a swish of the new Millichamp and Hall the ball was dispatched through backward point for a dramatic win. Both sides deserve great credit for a fantastic game played in a competitive but good spirit. Special mention and thanks should go to Umpire Mary Smith who had to officiate at both ends throughout the match and who had an excellent game.
Another great win for the seconds with yet another changed team which yet again shows the strength in depth the club has at this moment in time. Well done boys!!
On a pleasant evening in Carlisle David Houghton won the toss and decided to invite
Carlisle Green to bat in this County Cup Quarter Final. The wisdom of that decision
may have been questioned by some when, 20 overs later, Carlisle finished their innings on 125 for no wicket.
However, the lads were not phased by that total, or the opposition bowling, as Tom Norman and Marcus Stables strode
to the crease to open the batting. 103 runs later, Marcus was the first batsman out having scored a brilliant 42,
but just before that Tom had already retired having scored an equally brilliant 51. A few overs later David Houghton with 19
not out and Dan Fisher 5 not out soon completed the job to see Cockermouth win by 8 wickets with nearly
4 overs to spare. A great win and now bring on Whitehaven or Wigton the Semi Final which is due to be played on 31st May.
2nd XI v Kirkby 1st XI 4/5
After overnight rain the ground staff worked their usual
magic and the wicket and outfield at Sandair was in good nick for the visit of
Kirkby first X1. With the overhead conditions fluctuating between clear and
cloudy skies all was set for an uninterrupted days play.
The club welcomed the first visit of the season to Terry
Atkinson the long serving secretary/treasurer of the NLC Federation of umpires
and David Lightburn as the match umpires.
The Second eleven was a changed one from the team that had
entertained Ulverston in the first match of the season with withdrawals from
the first team causing several second team players to step up into the firsts.
There were however welcome returns for
Drakey, Edmo and Elliot Malloy.
The skipper unbelievably won his second toss on the trot
and not unsurprisingly decided to insert the Kirkby team. The innings began with Jonny Norman and Jimbo
opening up both immediately settling into lovely rhythms backed up by tight
fielding the chances for run scoring were severely restricted to such an extent
that after 20 overs the Kirkby score
imitated the over rate i.e. 20!!
The introduction of Elliot Malloy into the attack brought
immediate results with one of the Kirby openers finally falling to the pressure
exerted by the bowlers and having a slash outside his off stump which wasn’t a
pretty sight! with the resulting edge being gobbled up at first slip by the
reliable hands of the skipper. The next wicket to fall again bagged by Elliot
brought the Kirkby number 4 to the crease and this player immediately looked to
be a different proposition to his team mates. It did take the skipper several
overs to finally hear the unmistakable twang of the ‘’outback’’ and along with
some sweetly struck shots and an urgency in his batting the penny dropped that
this was not a ‘son of Kirby’! but actually their overseas amateur. There
followed a time where a good contest between bat and ball ensued until after
the reintroduction of Jimbo and a tightening of the pressure a misjudged call
for a single caused the run out of the Aussie. This prompted a domino effect on
the rest of the Kirby batsmen with Jimbo picking up the last wicket with a
lovely outswinger beautifully caught one handed by Sam behind the wicket. With
the skipper picking up 4 wickets the Kirby innings closed on 101 all out. All
the bowlers bowled well again with Jonny Norman bowling a beautiful opening
spell along with Jimbo and Elliot snaring his first 2nd X1 wickets.
Following the policy of the last few years in the seconds of
giving emerging young players the chance to shine the Cockermouth reply was
headed by Elliot and Sam. With the Aussie Amateur providing a good test for the
openers backed up by Kirby’s very experienced bowlers the Cockermouth openers
would have to be on their mettle in the first important session of the reply.
Unfortunately Sam got probably the best ball of the day and was comprehensively
beaten for a disappointing 0. This brought Liam to the crease and with Elliot
they both began to build a partnership until a mix up caused the run out of
Elliot who had begun to look settled at the crease. Liam and the newly
installed Nick added stability to the reply and slowly but surely the score began
to increase with some well struck boundaries through midwicket from Liam; it
was therefore a surprise when to an innocuous delivery Liam chipped to
midwicket. Edmo was next to take to the crease and in his very individual way
started to pressurise the opposition bowlers. This was going well until a rush
of blood and a misjudgement of line and length resulted in him being bowled. It
was at this point that the skipper decided it was time for a bit of experience
to be added to the innings and this was duly added with the skipper taking to
the crease. With 30 needed to win Nick and the skipper with some well judged
ones and twos and even a ‘3’!! which didn’t go down to well with Steve who
admonished Nick for not hitting the ball harder!!! These two safely negotiated
the score towards the desired winning total until Nick played an
uncharacteristically loose pull and fell for 31. Tom came to the crease and
confidently stroked the ball round to quickly score the last few runs needed
with plenty of overs still left.
Another great win for the seconds against a ‘first’ team and
another test passed for the team in their new adventure.
Thanks to Raymond, Paul and Peter for all their hard work in
preparing the ground and to Elaine and Lillian for their great teas.
The first game of a new season in a new league after
successive league championships was played under blue skies on a well turned
out Sandair. Ulverston firsts provided the opposition and a well-balanced
Cockermouth seconds with some young players being bloodied at 1st division
level took to the field. The skipper confounded all on the ground including
himself by actually winning the toss and duly inserted the opposition in.
Jonny Norman bowled well keeping a good line and length on a wicket that it was
prudent to be playing forward on. Jonny made the first breakthrough with a ball
which cut back in to deceive the batsman. This however proved to be the only
success for the seconds up to drinks with Ulverston nicely poised on 71 for 1.
At this point Both Mark (Jimbo) Bowen and the skipper were bowling really well
in tandem. The Ulverston batsmen began to struggle to break free of the iron
grip that was being applied and several wickets fell in quick succession to
Mark followed by 2 run outs created by the accurate bowling of the 2 mature
The Ulverston lower order struggled to add any impetus to their innings and
with an excellent debut performance from Oscar Drimmie bowling a lovely spell
of leg spin picking up 2 wickets in the process the Ulverston innings closed on
127 all out.
The CCC reply began slowly and it was not long before Ulverston achieved a
breakthrough with Davo being bowled. This brought Liam to the wicket who
proceeded to show everyone what he was capable of, one straight 6 being particularly
impressive. However a lapse in concentration brought to a close a promising
innings. With CCC mixing their batting order with young and experienced players
alternating it was not long before Mark was having to perform the 'all-rounder'
role the score crept up however regular wickets kept falling. With the skipper
not wanting to bat due to a persistent calf injury, some of the younger players
were given the chance to shine. However in a mirror image of the Ulverston wickets
began to fall and the Ulverston aspirations rose with the demise of several Cockermouth
batsmen. This brought the skipper reluctantly to the crease. With the two old protagonists
in together there a semblance of calm descended on the proceedings and despite
some accurate bowling from the Ulverston bowlers some well-placed boundaries
relieved the pressure and the match was duly won with plenty of overs to spare.
A great start to the season with special mention to Oscar for a lovely spell of
controlled leg spin at a difficult time, for Mark Middleton whose fielding was
brilliant and old father Jimbo time who showed the calmness that only age can
A great game played in the true spirit of the game and well umpired.