Match Reports 2014

Under 11 v Cleator 28th April
Under 11 v Seascale 5th May
Under 13 v Workington 11th May
Under 11 v Workington 12th May
Under 13 v Keswick 18th May
Under 11 v Whitehaven 19th May
3rd XI v Whitehaven 3rds 30th May
Under 13 Inter Club Friendly 1st June
Under 11 v Egremont 2nd June
Under 11 v Cleator 9th June
Under 11 v Seascale 16th June
Under 13 v Keswick 22nd June
Under 11 v Workington 23rd June

Under 11 v Cleator 28/4


The Under 11's started their league season with a win against Cleator in warm, sunny weather on Tuesday - Joe Milledge and Harry King even had to share a cap to keep the sun out of their eyes. Batting first Cleator made 237.

Ewan Styles took 2 early wickets and Cameron Sealby continued his wicket taking start to the season with another one to go with his three in the friendly at Wigton last week.  Harry King and James Galbraith also took wickets. Two players made their debuts, so it was good to see Fraser Sealby and Dylan Flower bowling well. Keira Askew also played her first league game after taking a wicket with her first ever ball in cricket games at Wigton on Bank Holiday Monday. The fielding was good, Gabriel Drimmie let no byes through as keeper and Harry King pulled off two diving stops and saved two boundaries as a result.

When they batted, Cockermouth reached 276, resulting in a 39 run victory, with Ewan Styles hitting three boundaries in his score of 14. There was also a first ever boundary for Harry King and Paddy Bennett hit a lovely four in his first game of the year, having waited till the last game last year to do it.  Gabriel and Ewan ran very well as openers and scored 29 to get the team off to a good start. Cockermouth only lost three wickets, one of which was a great catch by the wicketkeeper, diving full length. A good start to the season and a good turn out from the supporting parents.

A big thank you to Cleator for hosting the game and to Dave Clark for playing the game in exactly the right spirit for Under 11 cricket.

Under 11 v Seascale 5/5


This game was the Under11s first home league game. Playing on a grass wicket the ground looked in great condition and the weather stayed fine so the large group of watching adults stayed dry. The team was captained by Will Allport who although he lost the toss still got the right decision as Seascale chose to bat first. As Will would have fielded first if he won the toss, that made no difference.

Seascale finished their innings with a score of 168. Cockermouth bowled well and took more wickets than the number of wides bowled, which is very rare in Under 11 cricket. The 13 wickets were shared around, Gabriel Drimmie and Cameron Sealby taking three wickets each and James Galbraith, Harry King, Paddy Bennett 2 each and Ewan Styles the remaining wicket. Twelve of the wickets were bowled which shows how straight the team bowled, the other wicket went to keeper Aiden Howarth who took a good low catch down by his ankles. There were only 10 wides and 2 no balls which was a big improvement on the Cleator game.The fielding was keen and for the second game, there was only one boundary against the team.

When we batted, Gabriel and Ewan got the team off to a good start with scores of 15 and 11, this time it was Gabriel who scored the most, whereas at Cleator it had been Ewan, so this looks a good partnership. Cameron Sealby batted very well with a score of 14 and Aiden hit a nice drive for 4. Cockermouth only lost the one wicket and the running between the wickets was better in this game. Cockermouth finished on 315, which meant we won by 147 runs.

A special thanks go to Fraser Sealby and Gabriel Drimmie who fielded for Seascale as they only had nine players.

Under 13 v Workington 11/5


Sunday morning saw the Under 13’s travel to Workington for their second league game of the season. There was uncertainty in the air about whether the weather would be kind enough to let play commence (especially as the Workington square was under water!) – but the second artificial at Workington’s Valentine Ground was in adequate condition.

During the match, which was watched by a number of parents from both teams, there was both sunshine and showers – but not enough of the latter to dampen the spirits (although the score-book was not so lucky). The team was captained by Xanthe Sparke who won the toss and elected to bat first. Cockermouth batting got off to a slow start but they soon got into their stride. The training on running between the wickets and watching the ball to benefit from balls beating the wicket-keeper paid off as they finished the innings with a total of 96 for 5 wickets. Tremendous performances by Tom McFadyen (Retired Not Out 30) and Xanthe (21 Not Out).

Despite committed fielding by Cockermouth, the Workington side managed to reach 97 runs in 14 overs for the loss of 1 wicket – a great caught and bowled by Jonathon Hunter.

Under 11 v Workington 12/5

Monday night saw the Under 11’s play their third league game against Workington – again at home.  After a weekend of heavy rain (with many senior matches cancelled or abandoned) it was not a surprise that we were using the artificial wicket.  The surprise was the pleasant weather that we had – even a touch of sunshine!

The team was again captained by Will Allport who again lost the toss but got the right decision as Workington chose to bat first, and as Will would have fielded first if he won the toss it made no difference.

Workington finished their innings with a score of 228. Cockermouth bowled well, taking 6 wickets and only giving away 9 wide balls and one no ball – an improvement on last week’s great performance.   The wickets were shared around; Gabriel Drimmie took 2 wickets (bowled) in 2 balls (thought I was on for a drink!), Cameron Sealby (caught and bowled), Will Allport (bowled) and Keira Askew (bowled)  taking a wicket apiece. The final wicket came in one of Dylan Flower’s overs – but was a run out by Cameron Sealby.  There were 9 Maiden overs in the innings – with Joe Milledge and Daniel Barrie (in his first ever match) managing to keep a clean sheet for both their overs.  Keeper, Aiden Howarth also provided a great performance with no byes or leg byes.

The fielding was again keen, with plenty of movement and support for the team, however the Workington batsmen found the boundary on 6 occasions.  

A new partnership, Gabriel and Cameron got the team off to a good start with a partnership score of 18. Later Joe Milledge scored his first ever  boundary for 4 – off a good shot to leg.  The total run score was not high but with only 2 wickets lost Cockermouth scored 253.  

Cockermouth team were congratulated by Workington coaches for playing a good game and having an excellent attitude.

Under 13 v Keswick 18/5 (Quarter Finals of County Cup)

Sunday morning saw the Under 13’s at home to Keswick in the Quarter Finals of the County Cup.  The day dawned sunny and warm (the scorer has sunburn to prove it) and the groundsmen had cut a grass wicket (our first opportunity to play on grass). 

Keswick batted first.  Cockermouth’s field worked together as a team showing spirit and keenness but they were unable to hold back the stronger batting side – with Keswick scoring 132-3.  Sam Millne took the first wicket (bowled) with Alex Park taking a further 2 (one bowled and one caught by Xanthe Sparke).  Credit goes to Keswick for some excellent batting including 3 sixes by Will Atkinson.

Cockermouth batting got off to a slow start against a strong Keswick bowling side.  A spirited defence by the captain, Xanthe Sparke (26 no) in partnership with Alfie Penrice (10 no) led to an innings total of 69-4.

Next game is a league match away against Cleator on Sunday 25 May.  On the same day Cockermouth will be hosting a County Match (Cumberland v Shropshire) starting at 11.00am.

Under 11 v Whitehaven 19/5

Monday dawned a beautiful sunny day – who could foretell what the weather had in store!

The U11s travelled to Whitehaven for the fourth league game of the season. Team captain, Will Allport, won the toss and decided to field first. 

Whitehaven managed to bat for 12 overs before the thunder and lightning turned into a torrential downpour.  Cockermouth had taken 4 wickets; 1 LBW (Ewan Styles), 2 catches by the Keeper (Gabriel Drimmie and Cameron Sealby) and a bowled (Cameron again).

Unfortunately the weather didn’t clear up and the match had to be abandoned – so a draw.

3rd XI v Whitehaven 3rds 30/5

Cockermouth 152-1 (O.Drimmie 100*) Whitehaven 64-8 (R.Skelton 2-4) (K. Rickerby 3-10)

In the re-arranged t20 match Oscar Drimmie shone with the bat to maintain the thirds 100% record. He and Luke Skilbeck opened the batting, and got off to a steady start getting to 25-0 after 5. The pair started to increase in speed with the 50 partnership coming off 8.5 overs. Drimmie continued to push the field and hit the ropes as Skilbeck accumulated singles and two’s mainly.

Skilbeck had given away a couple of chances, however steadied himself to continue the partnership. The 100 partnership came up from 13.5 overs and Cockermouth were signalling their intent to score big. The 100 partnership was also something to savour for the pair as it was their first of the kind. Drimmie had notched his first ever 50 by this time and continued to torment the field.

The partnership was finally broken with 3 balls to go when Skilbeck was run out for 35. The partnership was 139 in total however there was still a more important focus. Drimmie reached his century off the very last ball of the innings, in a memorable return after his exams. Not only had he hit his first 50, he also scored his first (unbeaten) century.

Whitehaven got off to a quick start in response before opening bowlers K. Chastney and J. Lake picked up important wickets. Alert fielding also gained Cockermouth a run out and tight bowling from R. Skelton (2-4) and K. Rickerby (3-10) slowed the run rate and finally wrapped up the victory for Cockermouth.

Rickerby nearly had a hat trick with clever variations in his bowling and the only runs that came from Skelton were wides, nothing off the bat. Skelton’s wicket maiden in his second over filled Cockermouth with confidence and highlighted how much Skelton had improved.

The thirds next game is Sunday the 1st of June away to Gosforth, and they will be looking to continue their impressive form.

Under 13 Inter Club Friendly 01/6


Due to cancellations and an early knock out of the cup it looked like the Under13s would go two weeks without a match, so an internal game was arranged between 22 of our own players. The first innings by the team captained by Daniel Allaker reach a score of 298 from their 24 overs and lost 10 wickets. In reply the team captained by Xanthe Sparke scored 311 and lost 11 wickets.

The running between the wickets was an improvement on recent games and there were several players who showed a positive intent to score runs, in particular Alex Parke who scored 39 runs and hit several boundaries, with his partner Sam Millne the running was also excellent. Aaron Lister also showed some power with a couple of well hit boundaries.

Fielding was good during the whole game and there were some good stops by Taylor McGuire and Leo Morgan, the two wicketkeepers kept things tidy and byes totalled only 5 across the 48 overs and four of those came off one ball!.

The Under 13s continue to improve and their enthusiasm for the game in the "hot" sun was good to see.

Under 11 v Egremont 02/6

The last game of the first half of the season was against last year’s league winners, Egremont, played at home.

The team captain, Will Allport, won the toss and elected to field first.

Egremont finished their innings with a score of 247, losing only 3 wickets. Cockermouth’s  bowling continued to improve with only 5 wides and 3 no balls being given.  The wickets were shared around; Cameron Sealby took 1 wicket (LBW), James Galbraith (caught by Keeper Aiden Howarth) and Joe Milledge (bowled).  There were 3 Maiden overs in the innings (James Galbraith, Will Allport and Paddy Bennet.

The fielding was again keen, with plenty of movement and support for the team, leaving Egremont to work hard for their 45 runs off the bat (only managing to reach the boundary on 3 occasions).  

A return to the old opening partnership of Gabriel and Ewan faced the strong Egremont bowling of Thompson and Thompson (no relation I was informed) – a clean sweep to leg for Gabriel found the boundary but few other runs scored.  The second partnership of Cameron and James saw an exploitation of the Egremont WK temporary lack of attention taking 10 byes/leg byes.  Aiden and Will had a lively 4 overs with Will finding the boundary on 2 occasions – increasing the score by 26 runs.  The total run score was not high and with 6 wickets lost Cockermouth scored 232.  

Under 11 v Cleator 09/6


The first game of the second half of the season was against Cleator played at home. Again torrential rain during the day made it seem unlikely that play would happen – but coaches gritting their teeth and praying that the rain clouds would pass us by worked and the match was played in sunshine!  and on a grass wicket (thank you Paul)!

The team captain, Will Allport, won the toss and elected to field first.

Cleator finished their innings with a score of 211, losing 7 wickets. Cockermouth’s bowling was a little looser with 17 wides and 1 no ball being given but there were also 2 Maiden overs (Ewan Styles) and 2 Wicket Maidens (James Galbraith and Harry King). The wickets were shared around; Will Allport took 1 wicket (bowled) for 5 runs, James Galbraith took 2 wickets (bowled) for 8 runs, Joe Milledge took 2 wickets (1 bowled and 1 caught by Ewan) for 10 runs and Harry King took 2 wickets (bowled) for 5 runs. Keeper Aiden Howarth kept a clean sheet once again.

Another new opening partnership, Ewan and James Galbraith, ran well with Ewan getting 3 boundary 4’s.  Aiden and Will set a steady pace with Will again finding the boundary and Aiden notching up some quick singles and doubles.  Joe and Paddy kept the steady pace sharing 6 singles between them.  The last 2 pairs, facing the weaker Cleator bowling struggled to hit the ball (bowled wide on 11 occasions) – but Dylan took his opportunity when presented and found a single. James Hutton, in his debut match,  gave a good showing. Cockermouth lost only 3 wickets and scored 257.

Under 11 v Seascale 16/6

The U11 team travelled to Seascale to play a return match in glorious sunshine. The team captain, Will Allport, won the toss and elected to field first.

Seascale finished their innings with a score of 221, losing 8 wickets. Cockermouth’s bowling was up and down with 14 wides and 4 no ball being given, but there were also 4 Maiden overs (Gabriel Drimmie, Will Allport and Dylan Flower (2)) and 4 Wicket Maidens (Gabriel Drimmie (B), Cameron Sealby (2 x B) and Joe Milledge (B)). Paddy Bennet claimed a wicket and the other 3 were run outs. Keeper Aiden Howarth kept a clean sheet once again.

Batting was keener with the team scoring 50 runs off the bat and running an extra run on a wide ball on 7 occasions.  The ball found the boundary 10 times (with Keira scoring her first 4).  The team lost 5 wickets – the first to a fantastic diving catch by Seascale’s Josh – 2 bowled, 1 run out and 1 caught behind. Cockermouth scored 295.  

Under 13 v Keswick 22/6

Sunday morning saw the Under 13’s away to Keswick in a League match.  The weather was scorching – plenty of drinks breaks required! 

Captain, Dan Allaker, lost the toss but as Keswick elected to bat first this worked out fine (Cockermouth would have chosen to field first anyway).  Cockermouth’s field worked together as a team but, despite saving a number of boundaries, they were unable to hold back the stronger batting side – with Keswick scoring 154-4.  Alex Park took the first wicket (LBW), then Sam Taylor (bowled), Jake Matear (caught – Taylor) with Alex Park taking a final wicket with the last ball of the match (caught – Matear).  Credit goes to Keswick for some excellent batting (O Link Ret 32; F Turnbull Ret 30; A Shaw Ret 33).

Cockermouth batting was steady against a strong Keswick bowling side.  Alex Park batted well (23) before being bowled by C Spedding, with Tom McFadyen (13) and Peter Rawlinson (9) led the team to a score of 77 all out.

Under 11 v Workington 23/6

Once again the U11 team travelled in glorious sunshine – this time to Workington to play their return match. The team captain, Will Allport, lost the toss but got the right result as Workington chose to bat first giving Cockermouth their favoured fielding first scenario.

Workington finished their innings with a score of 250, losing 4 wickets. A standout performance by K Brown (22 out 1) gave Workington a good start but the remaining batters only scored a further 9 runs off the bat and 7 byes.  Cockermouth’s bowling saw 30 wides and 2 no balls being given but there were also 4 Maiden overs (Gabriel Drimmie (2), Cameron Sealby and Will Allport).  Wickets fell for Harry King (caught – Howarth) and Dan Barrie (bowled) with the other 2 being run outs.

Once again the batting was keen with the team scoring 62 runs off the bat and 6 byes.  The ball found the boundary 9 times.  Stand out performances by Ewan Styles (21 no) and Gabriel Drimmie (16 out 1). The team lost 4 wickets – 2 bowled and 2 run out. The team played well giving clear calls and striving to hit the ball hard.  Cockermouth scored 267.

Next game is a Cup Match at Whitehaven on Monday (30/06/14).

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