Our first return to Cockington since the day in the rain against DOE, and this time the weather was impeccable. Likewise 13-year-old Colegate, who hit a chanceless half-century against us to almost single-handedly win the game.
The match started brightly for the Cavaliers, and a rush of early wickets brought us hope in the sunshine. Kev struck in his first over, Jonathan taking a frankly magnificent one-handed catch at backward point to remove Allen, and the first of two smart stumpings by yours truly gave him his second wicket a few overs later. A second stumping off Jonathan followed, and when Si had Needham lbw in the eleventh over Cockington were fairly rocking at 69-4.
But J and S Colegate put on the runs, Colegate senior retiring an aeon later on 54, and any hopes we had of bowling out a team for the first time were dashed. All our bowlers bowled well and could almost be described as unlucky were it not for the brilliance of the batsmen they faced. Only when S Colegate retired did we get a sniff, which Si and James both taking late wickets, but the young lad completed his fifty in the last over and at tea we’d been set a daunting 211 to win.
While we tried our best, the top order failed with the bat once again. Chip went quickly and for a duck; Mike, perhaps with one eye on the time, fell for one as well; and when Chalky was bowled for the third zero from four batsmen the game was comprehensively up. It got better; Sam played a lovely pull shot and showed signs that he could make a good number four, Doug ‘deliberately’ edged his first boundary through slip, and Chris hit the second ball he ever faced for a straight six before looking up at us as it to say ‘and what were you lot playing at?’ But ion the end, only Chris and I made it out of double figures, while extras top-scored with 20.
Cockington were the ultimate in genial hosts. They told us not to worry about scoring, to enjoy the tea and the sunshine, and even tried to buy us a jug of beer after the game (alas; the Drum hath no jugs). They made it a truly wonderful day out, and – let’s be honest – you really don’t mind losing to hosts as good as these.
And as for that Colegate; let’s hope he goes far. He played impeccably against us, and I gather he’s actually more of a bowler than a batsman. If that’s true, he’s a fine prospect indeed.
|G Colegate||st Blagden b Johns||36||6||1|
|J Allen||c Mark b Johns||1||0||0|
|R Carlino||st Blagden b Mark||9||0||0|
|C Needham||lbw Cahill||11||2||0|
|J Colegate||not out||50||4||0|
|G Preece||lbw Cahill||4||1||0|
|M Carlino||lbw Ryder||11||0||1|
|S Iarman||not out||2||0||0|
|Extras||5nb, 21w, 1b||27|
|R Blagden||b Carlino||17||3||0|
|C Ryder||b Mather||0||0||0|
|M Tout||b Mather||0||0||0|
|I Chalk||b Mather||0||0||0|
|S Hollis||ct J Colegate b Breed||7||1||0|
|B Alway||b Carlino||1||0||0|
|D Muir||c&b Needham||4||1||0|
|C Lennox||b Needham||11||1||1|
|S Cahill||b Needham||0||0||0|
|J Mark||c&b Needham||0||0||0|
|Ben Stones||b Allen||5||1||0|
|Brian Stones||not out||4||1||0|
|K Johns||b Allen||0||0||0|
|Extras||2nb, 12w, 6b||20|