1st XI Reports

2019 1st XI Match Reports

 

Cockfosters 138-2 beat Potton Town 136-10 by 8 wickets

First home game of the season for the first team and the team arrived to warm, partially cloudy weather, unlike slightly further North where torrential downpours were making Stokesy and the oppo wonder whether the journey was worth it!

With the ground looking brilliant, the warm up was uneventful save for Holmesy finding a novel way of removing excrement from the outfield and putting himself as an early candidate to be on the money…

Sam Barker lost the toss, but ended up doing what CCC traditionally do as opposing skipper Sean Stevens chose to bat. As always with Potton, their top three are huge wickets, and a few home players confessed after the game they were ‘slightly worried’ when they quickly raced to 40-0 off six, including an absolutely massive six to the long boundary by opener Welch. However, the opening pair of the Hutchins twins found a way to contribute, Stevens chipping to deep midwicket off Simon to give Craig a well taken catch.

After this, CCC gradually took hold of the game, Sam bringing himself on earlier than usual and getting the dangerous Williams first ball. Simon was now bowling very tightly as Welch was forced to try and anchor the innings as wickets fell, and eventually holed out to kiwi Vinny Sharp for 46. Wickets then began to tumble, with Tommy Hutton dropping a simple caught and bowled, then redeeming himself by bowling the number 6 two balls later. This was ideal as it allowed the team to witness a celebration which can only be described as masochistic. Thanks in no small part to a clinical spell to the tail by Alex Callan (5-0-3-12), and a great catch by Stokesy, Potton were dismissed for 136.

Dan Stead and Sam Barker then had to pad up for 8 overs before tea (despite Sh*tshins Holmesy trying to tell everyone tea was ready) and struggled against massive turn from offspinner Welch and swing from Williams. Despite an easy catch going down, they got to 22-0 at the break. Upon the resumption, scoring became easier, and although Sam and Dan departed after starts, Steady and C. Sh*tshins progressed comfortably, finishing 21* and 38* respectively. The cause was helped by Potton’s lack of an available keeper, as a few byes were gifted by unfortunate stand ins.

A good win overall, with MoM Simon Hutchins for his key top order wickets, and TFCs for Vinny, Stokesy, and Gorgeous George (who still looked amazing). On to Allenbury’s away next week!


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