Match Reports 2016

Under 11 v Cleator 25th April
Under 15 v Whitehaven 29th April
Under 11 v Egremont 2nd May
Under 13 v Cleator 8th May
Under 11 v Workington 9th May
Under 15 v Egremont 9th May
Under 15 v Carlisle Green 13th May
Under 11 v Whitehaven 16th May
Under 13 v Egremont 22nd May
Under 11 v Seascale 23rd May
Under 15 v Workington 3rd June
Under 13 v Workington 5th June
Under 13 v Seascale 19th June
Under 15 v Whitehaven 17th June
Under 11 v Egremont 20th June
Under 19 v Egremont 24th June
Under 11 v Workington 29th June
Under 13 v Egremont 3rd July
Under 15 v Workington 8th July
Under 13 v Workington 10th July
Under 11 v Egremont 18th September
Under 11 v Penrith 18th September


Under 11 v Cleator 25/4

Club season starts with a win for the youngsters in the Under 11 team:

On a wonderful clear and sunny April evening ( it was actually freezing cold ) at Cleator, the Under 11s started their season with a win and a good all round performance from the team. Captain Tom called right and decided to field as he had wanted to.Aleesha opened the bowling in her first game and was helped by William at the other end. The score was kept down by some good keen fielding and the idea about walking in was understood by the whole team in the first game. The score then dropped in the next 4 overs as Ethan bowled three batters and keira bowled 2 overs for only 2 runs. There were 4 more wickets making a total of 7 for the team. Reegan bowled 1 batter, Aleesha ran another out with the help of wicketkeeper Ruby and the final pair of Frazer and Tom took one each. Josh held on to a good catch when it was really cold and Cleator finished on 206.

Aleesha and Ruby as the first pair took the score to 212 with a boundary for Ruby and another one stopped on the boundary by a diving Cleator fielder. William and Ethan took the score to 228 with another boundary for Ethan. The score really went up thanks to Aiden and Keira who added 20 runs, Keira hitting 3 boundaries all along the floor through mid on. Reegan and Josh went from 248 to 254 with some excellent defence against some straight, accurate Cleator bowling. Tom and Fraser finished the innings off with a partnership of 19 including 10 singles and a 2.

Cockermouth finished on 273 to win by 67 runs, a good start to the season and a good team effort where everybody played their part.


Under 15 v Whitehaven 29/4

On a bitterly cold evening the U15s got off to an excellent start beating Whitehaven by 17 runs. Cockermouth 109–4, Whitehaven 92 all out.

Losing the toss Cockermouth were put into bat and get off to an excellent start with Alex Park (26) and Tom McFadyn (16) scoring briskly to take the score to 45 before they were out in quick succession. Xanthe Sparke (30 ret.) and Dan Allaker (13) then regrouped and gradually accelerated before some late blows by Tom Wilson and Adam Watson took the score to 109 – 5. A mature batting performance with promise of better to come.

With only 10 players Cockermouth needed a good start in the field and Dan Allaker did this perfectly, picking up a hat-trick in his first over with some straight and full bowling. He continued to bowl steadily all through his spell to finish with 4 -10. While Whitehaven scored quickly and attacked the bowling, Cockermouth stayed attentive in the field and never stopped chasing the ball with everyone backing up and looking to stop the singles. Wickets fell steadily and Whitehaven were dismissed in the last over for 92. All the bowlers contributed with Alex park (3-15) and Adam Watson (2-16) sharing the remainder of the wickets.

Under 11 v Egremont 2/5

The Under 11s had an excellent game at Egremont on Monday, narrowly winning by 4 runs.

Cockermouth were asked to bat first and made 247 against some very good bowling. Runs were difficult to score and in the middle overs 3 quick wickets pegged the score back.Jacob, Ewan and Finn were all making their debuts and Ewan hit his first boundary. Only losing 5 wickets helped keep the score respectable. Tom and Frazer finished the innings off with a partnership of 19 in their last 4 overs, with Tom top scoring with 10. Keira and Reegan also added 10 without losing a wicket and Aleisha and Ruby started well with 18 without losing a wicket.

The Egremont score crept up throughout their innings and it looked like they would get to their total comfortably until Reegan took 3 wickets in his 3 overs, one of them a great catch from Jacob in his first game. When the last pair arrived at the crease they needed 31 runs to win , Cockermouth held their nerve, a superb stop from Aleisha saved a 4 in the last over and Egremont fell just short on 243. The 3 wickets from Reegan and 1 from Frazer helped, but the fielding was very good and keen.

The Under11s move on to Workington next week to see if they can keep up their winning start.

Under 13 v Cleator 8/5

Really good result U13s - their first proper win of the season (the first game was conceded by the opposition). Cleator 76 all out Cockermouth 77 for 5.

Whilst it was far closer than it should have been, the younger players saw us home eventually - well done Archie hitting the winning runs!
Plenty to improve at and work on at coaching sessions,in particular when batting - the defensive shots, the running and calling need to be much better in future games. Cockermouth bowled well but again their fielding and attention span can improve - and will as we get more experienced.

Well done Cam 3 wickets, Daniel 2 wickets and Harry 2 wickets for their bowling figures.

Well done Cam 30 retired and Ewan 32 retired, for their responsible batting to set up the win with a great partnership of over 60 for the first wicket. Well done Alfie and Luke who fielded well on their debuts with good support from Paddy in the field. Joe did well keeping on a difficult pitch with variable bounce but needs further confidence to make it easier for him by standing 5 paces closer.

Need to improve further for our next game against Egremont in 2 weeks time.

Under 11 v Workington 9/5

Another close game at Workington last night saw the Under 11s win by 18 runs. Workington chose to bat first in the sun and warmth which arrived this weekend. A good start for Jacob taking his first wicket of his cricket career bowling out the opening bat. A clever run out from Reegan followed , the ball was hit straight to him, but instead of throwing he ran to the stumps and took the bails off when there was no need to throw.

Ruby seemed to enjoy the bouncier wicket this week and took another blow on the tummy but was Ok because there was no need to bend down so much. Reegan came on to bowl and took three wickets again this week, one of them a great catch from Will. The ball was spinning when it came down, but he kept his eye on it and clasped it for another minus 5. The last pair added 14 runs to the Workington total which left them with a final score of 231. A very good fielding effort, there were two direct hits, one from Aiden and one from Ewan but the batter was home just on both occasions. They restricted Workington to only 18 runs off the bat which kept the score down.

Ruby and Josh got the team off to a good start with a partnership of 14. William and Aiden made sure the score didn’t drop against some very good straight, accurate bowling from Workington. Keira and Ewan then really moved the score along with a partnership of 20 that put Cockermouth in the lead by 3 runs. Workington now had their three district, county bowlers to follow, Reegan and Josh batted well to keep the score in our favour with a lead of 4 when the last pair came in.

Tom and Frazer needed to not lose any wickets and the win would have been secured, they managed this with some good defence and also added 14 runs to finish on 249. With two overs to go the lead was only 12 so a couple of wickets would have made a difference. Every player in the team scored runs, there were no ducks which is very unusual at Under 11 level. Frazer top scored with 5 and Ruby scored 4 including a very quick 2 run with Jacob.

Twice in two weeks the games have been close which makes for more exciting games and the League is better for it. On to Whitehaven next week on the Under 11 road trip around Cumbria.


Under 15 v Egremont 9/5

In complete contrast to the previous match, Cockermouth played Egremont on a balmy sunny evening last Monday.

The result went against Cockermouth as their batting failed to deliver. Bowling first, Cockermouth were quickly under pressure as Egremont got off to a flying start punishing some poor balls and riding their luck. Once Tom Wilson made the initial breakthrough a steady fall of wickets slowed Egremont right down. A mid innings flurry accelerated the score towards 100 but Cockermouth's bowlers came back to bowl them out in the final over for 107. Tom Wilson (2-22), Alex Park (2-6), Ella Skilbeck (1-25) and Sam Taylor (2-2) were the wicket takers. This was a positive performance bowling the opposition out for the second week with some good fielding again evident. However, there was still plenty of room for improvement with more consistent bowling and maintaining a high standard of awareness for all 20 overs in the field being two of the obvious areas.

Unfortunately the Cockermouth innings never got going with wickets lost from the first over and subsiding quickly to be all out in the thirteenth over for 48. While Egremont generally bowled straight, Cockermouth contributed to their own downfall in most cases through poor shots and not playing straight. Everyone recognised their mistakes and will be aiming to get back to winning ways in the next game against Carlisle Green in the cup.

Under 15 v Carlisle Green 13/5

Cockermouth faced a difficult first round cup draw away to a strong Carlisle Green team. On another fine evening, Cockermouth won the toss and put Carlisle in to bat. The Carlisle openers set a fast pace, scoring at a rate of around 10 an over before both retiring on 50 not out, as did their no. 4 (51 no). Despite the run rate, Cockermouth’s bowlers, Tom Wilson (4-0-35-0) and Katie Robson (4-0-33-1) followed by Dan Allaker (3-0-34-0) and Alex Park (2-0-23-0) stuck to the task and generally bowled well against some very good batting. The fielding, however, was not quite as sharp as in the previous match against Egremont with Cockermouth leaving some large gaps and making a few too many mis-fields, which didn’t help their cause. Sam Taylor (3-0-28-1) eventually picked up the first wicket (lbw) for Cockermouth and this lifted the team as the run rate slowed and Adam Watson (great ball, clean bowled, 3-0-28-1), Katie Robson (c. Park) and Ella Skillbeck (c. Park, 1-0-7-1) picked up further wickets, which with a very good run out from Tom Wilson, meant Carlisle finished on an impressive 191 for 5 off 20 overs.

Perhaps feeling that the game was already lost, Cockermouth in reply lost wickets steadily throughout their innings with only Tom McFadyen (36) and Leo Morgan (14) picking their shots and putting up any real resistance. The team though did manage to see out the 20 overs, eventually reaching 83 for 9.

So now they can focus on the league.

Under 11 v Whitehaven 16/5

The Under 11's road trip to the south of the group continued with a win down at Whitehaven. Our ability to call right at the toss carried on and for the third time we lost the toss and this time we were asked to bat first. A good batting performance followed with 9 of the players scoring runs and Ruby, Ethan, Keira, Josh and Frazer all hitting at least one boundary and every pair pushed the score up. Cockermouth also only lost three wickets. 59 runs were scored off the bat and with extras included a round total of 100 was reached. With the wickets lost the Under 11s then had to defend a total of 285. Frazer top scored with 18 and Josh also reached double figures with 10 and Ethan made 9 with 2 boundaries on his total. Probably the best batting of the year so far, meant that the total was good.

After three pairs had batted for Whitehaven they had dropped to 199 with wickets for Aleesha ( her first of the season ) , William, Josh and Ethan ( 2 ) and keira. Also a good catch from Josh kept our record up of taking a catch in every game. Keira bowled her two overs without a wide and only conceded two runs. Ethan and Frazer were the other two bowlers who did not give a wide away. The last two pairs for Whitehaven were boundary hitters and they put on 48 runs in the last 8 overs to finish on 247. The fielders had not come across players who hit 6 boundaries this season and they were a little slow to find the right positions and defend the boundaries. This will improve and as the outfields get faster in the summer they will know how and when to defend the boundaries a little better.

A fourth win of the season , this time by 38 runs confirms the Under 11s at the top of the league, with one away game left before the run of home games to finish the season. Everybody has contributed and there have already been 14 different players in the team, so a good squad is developing. Well done the Under 11s, keep up the good work.

Under 13 v Egremont 22/5

On a damp track Cockermouth were put into bat at Egremont. Ewan chipped the first ball back to their opening bowler to get the side off to the worst possible start. Cam and Gabriel steadied the ship to see off the openers before Cam was given out LBW (thankfully not by his dad). Will chipped a wide one up to cover without scoring but then a partnership of 40 between Aiden and Gabriel got the team to 64  for 5 at hot dogs. Gabriel top scoring on 20 with Aiden getting 15.

Having seen the condition of the pitch the coach was optimistic that if we bowled and fielded well Cockermouth had a chance to beat Egremont again. He was not disappointed. Ewan and Gabriel bowled very tightly first up with a fantastic high catch being taken by Joe to get rid of their county player. Will discussed the merits of bowling spin on a drying wicket with the coach and returned fantastic figures of 4 wickets for 7 runs to take out 3 of their top 4 by some brilliant catching (dives and all) by Cam and Ewan. With the lower order now in some accurate bowling from Dan and Harry completed the victory by 30 runs.

All the hard work at training that has been put in developing fielding skills definitely paid off with everyone paying attention to the game situation and contributing with some fine stops. What was also pleasing to see was the encouragement given to everyone by everyone in the field. It just shows you are always in a cricket game if you do the basics right. Well done today and hopefully the same Fielding and bowling performance tomorrow in the cup semi final backed up by a few more runs.

Under 11 v Seascale 23/5

The Cockermouth Under 11s road trip came to a winning conclusion at Seascale last night. 5 wins out of 5 on the road with the home games to come next. An inexperienced team with two debutants and 2 Playing their second game played very well in the seaside sunshine on the coast.

Put into bat Cockermouth scored 327 with 98 of those runs coming off the bat. Keira top scored with 20 and Finn was not far behind with 17. Double figures also for Ewan ( 14 ), Ruby ( 12 ) and Josh ( 13 ). Every pair increased the score, Hannah and Rhys on their debuts added 19 to get the team off to a good start. 13 added by Aleesha and Finn and then 17 by Ewan and Ruby. The best partnership was Keira and Ethan with 38 added in their four overs. Tom and Josh finished off with 28 to take the total over 300. 5 wickets were lost including a good catch for the wicketkeeper.

Seascale were restricted to 245 in reply, but they protected their wickets well, only losing two sets of 5 runs. A wicket for Finn and a good catch behind by Ruby off Josh were the successes. Wides are still costly with 15 being bowled but there were a number of newer players.

A big thank you to Ewan, Ruby and Hannah for fielding for Seascale at times, and especially Ewan who took a catch and hit the stumps with a run out chance.

A big thank you to the parents for being patient and ferrying the children around for all the away games, except in the cup we are now at home for the rest of the season.

Top of the league at the half way point.

Under 15 v Workington 03/6

After 3 weeks without a game Cockermouth entertained Workington on Friday 3 June. Batting first Workington struggled to 35-4 after 8 overs as Dan Allaker took 3 early wickets swinging the ball a long way with 2 bowled and helped by a good reaction catch by Harry Guise for the 3rd. Alex Park took the 4th wicket bowled but then Workington fought back well aided by some careless Cockermouth fielding and loose bowling to reach 81-4 after 16 overs. Then Cameron Sealby, playing his first U15 match took a hat-trick (the 2nd for the U15s this season) to put Cockermouth back in control. This was followed up by Will Allport, also making his U15 debut, taking 2 wickets in the final over as Workington finished on 85-9.

Cockermouth began confidently reaching 49-1 (Alex Park retired on 31) by the end of the 9th over. Euan Styles, the 3rd U15 debutant of the night, made a composed 18 before being bowled and the score reached 77-2 at the end of the 14th over. A mini collapse followed and this became 79-5 at the end of the 17th. However Xanthe Sparke, 14, and Katie Robson saw the team home to 86-5 with more than an over to spare.

A well deserved win with some excellent performances from all the U13 s drafted in but the team made hard work of the final few runs.

Under 13 v Workington 05/6

On a baking hot morning Workington won the toss and elected to bowl. Cam and Ewan had to see off their quick opening bowler if a competitive score was to be posted. They successfully did with Ewan going on to retire. Gab came in and placed the ball well to make a rapid 20 before hitting a full toss straight to their best fielder. Will came in and powered his way to a retirement at more than a run a ball even clearing the boundary for a six. With Harry and Paddy running well between the wickets at the end the team finished on a competitive 120/3.

After the best tea of the season so far (great to be back at Sandair) Gab and Ewan opened the attack. With the openers looking well set Gab finished his spell with 3 wickets in his last over narrowly missing out on a hat trick. Cam and Dan bowled tidily with minimal runs being conceded which was supported by some good fielding to leave Workington on 75/5 at the close. Special note goes to Archie for his fielding display with some fine stops off balls that were hit particularly hard in his direction at mid off.

Under 13 v Seascale 19/6

Cockermouth won the toss and elected to bat in the hope of making a good score on another good Sandair track. Cam and Gab batted sensibly punishing the bad ball and running well between the wickets. Both retiring allowing Will and Harry to build an innings before accelerating once used to the bowling- something which has been talked about in recent weeks at training. Will made 23 before being stumped and Harry carrying his bat for 29 (almost a retirement!). Aiden finished the run feast with a quick fire 16 not out. The innings ended on 163 for 1 and the fantastic spread of food was enjoyed by the home team.

The plan was to then gain early control in the field and then allow each player a chance to have a bowl. Cam took the first wicket swinging the ball from outside leg to hit middle. Gab found his length in his second over cleaning up 3 batsmen (2 with in swinging leg stump Yorkers). The coach was then very mean taking him off when on a hat trick after his 2 overs (brave coach!). Dan came on and took 2 wickets without conceding a run. Will bowling leg spin took a wicket leaping up 8 foot ( or nearly) to claim a good caught and bowled. Dylan and Aiden took their first U 13 wicket getting some good support from the two Harry's, Archie and Paddy. Seascale finished on 28/9 ( incl 14 extras!) Whilst the accurate bowling and powerful batting secured a very comfortable victory the fielding from everyone (especially the younger players) was energetic and of a high quality - well done.

Cockermouth 163/1 C Sealby 33 ret G Drimmie 30 ret W Allport 23 H King 29 no A Howarth 16 no

Seascale 28/9 G Drimmie 2,2,0,3 C Sealby 2,1,5,1 D Barrie 2,2,0,2 W Allport 2,1,4,1 P Bennett 2,1,1,0 D Flower 2,1,5,1 A Fraser 2,0,8,0 H Smyth 2,1,3,0 H King 2,2,0,0 A Howarth 2,2,0,1

Cockermouth win by 135 runs and remain top of the league.

Under 15 v Whitehaven 17/6

In the first of the return league fixtures, the U15s hosted Whitehaven last Friday. Cockermouth won the toss and asked Whitehaven to bat. Learning from the previous week, Cockermouth bowled much tighter and Whitehaven had progressed to 22 after 5 overs before Dan Allaker took 2 wickets in 2 balls before taking another 2 in his next over to leave Whitehaven on 39-4 after 8 overs. Further steady bowling from Alex Park, 2-14, and Sam Milne, 2-15 together with Katie Robson, 0-15, restricted Whitehaven to 93-8 from their 20 overs. Dan Allaker returned the excellent figures of 4-20, the second time he has taken 4 wickets against Whitehaven this season.

When Whitehaven bowled they were even meaner giving runs away. Cockermouth only lost 1 wicket in reaching 34-1 after 8 overs but then only managed another 10 in progressing to 44-2 after 13 overs. Alex Park was then out for a patient 21, having held the innings together to that point. Although Cockermouth managed to accelerate with Tom Wilson scoring 17, Whitehaven continued to give very little away and Cockermouth finished 11 runs short on 82-8.

While disappointing to lose, Cockermouth gave a better all round performance and continue to improve. Whitehaven defended their total with some excellent bowling and deserved the win.

Under 11 v Egremont 20/6

The Under 11s lost their first game of the season last night in a great game against old rivals Egremont.

Batting first Cockermouth made a competitive 255 losing five wickets. Frazer top scored with 12 and Ethan chipped in with 8, all other players scored. With the last pair at the wicket Egremont needed 35 to win off the last four overs and they managed it very well winning by 4 runs, their last pair batted very aggressively and sensibly running very well and hitting boundaries.

The League is now wide open, Cockermouth have played 7, won 6 and lost to Egremont by 4 runs.
Egremont have played 7 , won 6 and lost to Cockermouth in the other game coincidentally by 4 runs.

A really good game with good cricket from both teams on a good grass wicket prepared by Raymond, with good bounce.

Exciting end to the season.

Under 19 v Egremont 24/6

The u19's took on a strong Egremont Thunder side after Chadd won the toss and decided to bowl. He didn't have to wait long for the breakthrough though when the second ball of the game, bowled by Kurt Chastney. was spooned up in the air to mid on where, to the shock of most the people in the ground including myself, the catch was taken by me. This brought the Egremont caption to the crease, Matthew Sempill, who decided to get his eye in. Wickets then fell few and far between as Sempill along with Grant Reid put on a partnership of 75, with Sempill scoring most of the runs through boundaries. But, with Matthew on 49 he played one shot to many and was bowled by Tom Norman for his 49 off 45 balls. This is where we started to make things harder for ourselves, dropping Reid 6 times over the innings which resulted in him getting 52 off 44. Along with some poor fielding, this meant that we gave Egremont 25 runs too many. However, I think that good bowling at the end resulted in Egremont reaching 181/4, with the other two wickets coming from Euan Pattinson and Gabriel Drimmie (who didn't look out of place playing 7 years up).

The Cockermouth innings started poorly with wickets falling throughout the innings and the top order falling to score freely, as they had done last week. After Norman hit one up in the air to mid off for 2 Skelton soon followed after playing a bad shot for 9. With Oscar following soon after, getting bowled from a good ball, the only shining light in the top four was Chadd with a solid 52 off 39. Chadd was well supported by Kurt 18 and Tom Smith 14, so Cockermouth ended up on 139/7 to lose by 42 runs.

This was a hard game, but well stuck at and this total of 139 was our highest of the u19 so far, so at least one positive came from tonight. Our next game is Friday at home to Keswick, so please come down and show your support.

Report courtesy of Robbie Skelton

Under 11 v Workington 29/6

With the wet weather around there seemed little chance of a game last night, but as it stopped at 4.00 pm and the ground dried quickly, the under 11s were able to play their re arranged game against Workington at home.

There was an excellent turn out from both parents and children of non playing squad members, so a big thank you to everyone who turned up to support the team, and the refreshments were as good as ever.

Frazer won the toss for Cockermouth and decided to field first. The fielding was very good with 5 catches taken and no drops. The best was the first one when Ewan dived forward full length to take a catch at point off the bowling of Callum. This was also Callum’s first ball in Under 11 cricket, so well done to him. Callum took another catch at point and Ruby took three catches behind the stumps and still managed to keep her trousers clean not needing to dive for any of them.

Connor took a wicket in his first game for the Under 11s ,but unlike Callum he waited until his last ball to take a wicket. There were two wickets for Keira and two for Tom . As a team there was only 1 wide in the last 12 overs and one no ball which was largely due to a damp ball. The team did keep the ball in good condition and it can be used again so well done for the discipline of getting the ball back to the bowler without touching the ground. The 7th wicket was taken in the second over by Jacob. Workington finished on 231.

Aleisha and Jacob started well and added 18 for the first wicket and this was carried on by Ruby and Callum with another 17 which meant that Cockermouth were already ahead after 8 overs. Callum and Ruby ran superbly taking three 2s to add to the total. The score was boosted by a further 23 by Ewan and Connor with Ewan hitting consecutive boundaries to finish top scorer with 8.Keira and Josh put on 18 to continue the good scoring from each pair and Frazer and Tom finished it off with 8 more to finish on 284. A really good win by 53 runs against opposition that took us very close last game.

Now on to the Cup on Monday at Carlisle.

Under 13 v Egremont 03/7

Cockermouth batted first and lost a wicket in the first over - confusion reigned when the ball was pushed to cover resulting in Cam being run out. Gab and Will put on 68 steadying the ship, batting sensibly and accelerating as they got close to retirement. Gab made 28 before being bowled by Olivia and Will made 26 before being given out LBW. With 4 overs left Aiden and Harry took the score to 102/3 off the 20 overs.

Cockermouth just needed to field and bowl well to secure the victory. Gab on a hat trick from 2 weeks ago missed the opportunity off the first ball of the game  bowling a wide but settled in to tight and accurate spell removing their opener. Cam backed up the accurate bowling with the visitors restricted to 10 off the first 7 overs. Will bowled a good leg spin line getting two nicks  which were well taken by Aiden behind the wickets. Dan bowled a good spell just over pitching slightly at times. Harry took a wicket in his first over followed up by wickets from Dylan and Joe - Joe taking 2 wickets in his over. With some good fielding from Archie,Luke and Alfie Egremont failed to get close finishing on 54/7.

Another good all round performance resulting in a win for Cockermouth U13s who continue to lead the table.
Cockermouth 102/3,G Drimmie 28,W Allport 26

Egremont 54/7, G Drimmie 4,1,7,1, C Sealby 4,2,5,0, W Allport 4,0,10,2,D Barrie 4,0,18,0,
H King 2,0,6,1, J Milledge 1,0,2,2,D Flower 1,0,4,1

Under 15 v Workington 8/7

Back in action after a 3 week break, Cockermouth U15 were away at Workington in a league match. Workington batted first and got off to a steady start with the first wicket taken in the 6th over by Dan Allaker (final figures of 4-0-17-1). The second wicket fell in the next over, also clean bowled, by Alex Park (4-0-40-1). Tom Wilson (3-0-8-0) and Alex Watson (4-0-14-1) then slowed Workington down although once their 3 and 4 number batsmen got their ‘eye in’ both started hitting out and eventually retired on 33 apiece. Late catches by wicketkeeper Tom McFadyen off Alex Watson’s bowling and Tom Wilson off Katie Robson (4-0-21-1) meant Workington finished on 115 for 4 (plus 2 retired) – a stretching but not impossible target.

However, Workington’s opening bowler (B. Scott) was fast and swung the ball viciously to deceive first Alex Park and then Dan Allaker in consecutive balls in the first over. He eventually took 4 Cockermouth wickets in his two spells. Nevertheless, Cockermouth dug in and Tom McFadyen with 25 and Xanthe Spark (31 no), supported well by Harry Guise (13), steadied the ship to give Cockermouth a chance. However, Cockermouth were always below the required run rate and eventually finished on 99 for 5. The difference in the end though was only 16 and remembering that Workington hit 20 off one Cockermouth over and had Cockermouth at 0 for 2, Cockermouth can be encouraged that the gap between the teams was perhaps less than it seemed at the time. Cockermouth’s fielding positions today were also an improvement on past weeks and on this performance they will surely win more matches this year.

Under 13 v Workington 10/7

Cockermouth U 13s successfully defend their league title by winning at Workington.

Cockermouth lost the toss and found themselves batting. Their openers got off to a great start against the Workington opening bowlers (including their quick county bowler). Gab found the gaps and cruised to 30 retiring in quick time, batting the best he has for the team this season. Cam was quite a bit slower but accelerated to 30 retiring later in his innings with his first 6 of the season. With the foundations set Cockermouth went onto 117/4 with Workington wides (25) the 3rd top scorer.

Discussion at the interval was repeating the bowling and fielding performance of last week to secure the points. Gab and Cam bowled as miserly as ever taking a wicket each. A direct hit from cover by Cam (reminiscent of his dad 30 years ago) ran out their best batter. Some tight bowling from the leg spinner (Will) kept up the pressure to allow a number of bowlers to be used. Dan and Paddy got 2 wickets each with Paddy bowling with real good pace. Joe got his 2nd caught and bowled in 2 games with James wrapping up the game with his first U13 wicket. Unfortunately by finishing in 18 overs Harry and Oliver didn't get their over but that's cricket I'm afraid and was nearly a perfect day. Today I thought the team were playing for each other and in particular the encouragement given by Will ( when batting with Cam) and Aiden in the field was excellent.

Cockermouth 117/4 Gab Drimmie 30 retired, Cam Sealby 30 retired, Will Allport 6, Harry King 4, Aiden Howarth 6, Paddy Bennett 2, Joe Milledge 1 no

Workington 48 all out Gab Drimmie 4,0,8,1 Cam Sealby 3,0,9,1 Will Allport 3,0,7,1 Dan Barrie 2,0,3,2 Harry King 2,0,5,0 Paddy Bennett 2,1,1,2 Joe Milledge 1,0,4,1 James Hutton 1,0,3,1

Cockermouth win by 69 runs and the retain their west league title - well done all!!

Party time next week to celebrate.

Under 11 v Egremont 18/9

The junior season ended yesterday with some success for the Under 11 team. Unusually the West Division League had ended in a tie with Egremont and Cockermouth level at the top with identical records. Played 10, won 9 , lost 1. We had beaten each other in the two games and both won by 4 runs so couldn’t be separated.

The two teams played each other yesterday at Penrith in a play off. Frazer lost the toss for the third time against Egremont and for the third time they asked us to bat. Off the 20 overs Cockermouth made 255 but struggled to score runs off the bat. There were a lot of wides and no balls and only 4 wickets were lost which boosted the score. Frazer and Tom both top scored with 8, so at the half way stage it felt like it would be another close game, because in the two league games we had won with 247 and lost with 255.

The team then pulled off their best bowling performance of the year, taking 19 wickets (17 bowled and 2 run outs). They bowled very straight and were too good for the Egremont batters. They also only bowled 7 wides, with 1 coming off the last 13 overs. Jacob got the team off to a flying start taking 2 wickets in the first over and another in his second, finishing with 3 wickets for the cost of 4 runs. All 9 of the bowlers took wickets which was great team work. Ethan took 4, Josh 4, Jacob 3, Callum and Reegan 2 each and the others 1 apiece.

The fielding was up to the normal standard with a very keen and busy attitude to their work and they ran out deserved winners. The first time for many year that Cockermouth have won their Under 11 Division.

Under 11 v Penrith 18/9

After a very short 20 minute break it was on to the League winners game against a very strong Penrith team that had already won the Cup and County Cup during the season. This time Frazer won the toss and decided to field first. This meant that the players had fielded for 40 overs and Connor had kept the keepers pads on with only a short break. It was the first time that most of them had fielded for this long and they did look tired. After a very strong start by Penrith when it looked like they would easily pass 300 the team did peg them back. Again they bowled straight and only bowled 4 wides which was excellent.

Penrith batted very well and only lost 4 wickets, Keira bowling well to take 2 wickets in her three overs. Ethan and Tom took the other two. Sadly five dropped catches kept the score high but this was probably down to the fatigue that was setting in. Penrith finished on 292 and it looked a tall order from the start. Jacob and Callum got the team off to solid start increasing the score to 208, but then the pressure of having to score a lot of runs kicked in and the total only reached a high of 214 with wickets falling regularly. A special mention to Ewan who took a nasty full toss blow on the ankle which was very painful. He soldiered on for the next three overs and wanted to not give up, so well done... a nice bag of peas would be called for his tea.

14 wickets kept us down to 188 at the close but the last pair of Tom and Frazer were running for everything and trying to hit every ball for a boundary, which was the right thing to do.

A disappointing end to the day, but the team did hold their heads up high by winning their west division and playing good cricket during the year, only beaten 3 times in 14 games was a good season, once by the County Champions, once by a strong Carlisle team and once by Egremont who were the well beaten when it mattered.
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