It’s always a real pleasure to play at Cockington. Some moan about the slope but given the manor building and arboretum as a backdrop, the lovely pavilion and the warm welcome it’s one of the highlights of the Cavaliers calendar. Especially on a day like Sunday when it’s warm and sunny and there are plenty of picnickers around to watch the cricket.
Cockington’s innings got off to a dodgy start as, with the score on eight, the openers took a sharp second to the wrong fielder’s arm. Si picked up all the ball at backward point and hurled the ball in at the perfect height for me to take the bails with the batsman well short. It was a great bit of work, but this would not be the only calamitous calling of the day, and not even the last by an opening pair.
Cockington soon settled though and despite some tight bowling by Aaron in particular the scoreboard ticked along nicely. We didn’t get another wicket until the score had passed 50, when D Colegate stepped back to a slow grubber from Bob and was plumb lbw. A couple of overs later he repeated the deception to have Cassidy out by the same method, and at one stage had figures of 4-0-10-2. Stanlake and Colegate (J) made Bob’s figures less impressive and Jon took some punishment too, but Si bowled tidily taking 2-35 (including a sharp stumping by yours truly). Cockington finished their 35 overs on 184-5, a good total but one that we made on the same ground back in June 2011. With a good start, maybe we could get close again?