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Cookham Dean CC move out of Home Counties relegation zone

Patrick Castleden

Cookham Dean claimed the better half of a draw against Oxford Downs at the weekend to move out of the bottom two of the Home Counties Second Division writes Patrick Castleden.. After posting a total of 272, Dean failed to bowl Oxford Downs out as they finished on 226 for the loss of eight wickets.

Despite poor batting performances contributing to back-to-back defeats, Cookham won the toss and elected to bat on a grassy looking Oxford Downs wicket.

Dean had the better of the first session and went into lunch in a strong position at 137-2 with Yash Rastogi (18) and captain, Patrick Castleden, at the crease.

Following the break Will Watts (4-65) extracted some seam movement from the wicket sparking a mini collapse leaving the away side at 167-6. Sim Mangat blazed a quick 44 that shifted the momentum back to Cookham as they declared two overs early on 272-9 as Patrick Castleden (128no) completed an unbeaten century.

Wasim Ahmed (4-88) continued his impressive form with the ball taking four early wickets. Cookham looked on their way to victory until James Ellwood (68) and Tom Costley (54) put on 95 for the sixth wicket. In the end, the game petered out to a draw as Dean only managed to take eight wickets and will rue dropped catches in the field as Downs ended the innings on 226-8.

Cookham Dean wicket-keeper, Greg Davis, said “it showed great character to come back from a poor batting performance last week against Burnham to score a competitive 272 on a wicket that had a bit in it for both bowlers and batters.

“On another day we would have taken all 25 points but a period of dropped catches may have cost us from taking the maximum point’s home.”

Cookham Dean face Wokingham at Whytelaydes Lane this week. Discussing Dean’s prospects for the game Davis stated “if we can replicate this performance in this weekend’s game, I have no doubt we can register another win in our campaign.”

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