01:30PM, Thursday 30 June 2022
Cookham Dean’s hopes of responding to a poor run of form in Thames Valley League Division 1 were once again thwarted by the weather as their match against leaders Ickenham was abandoned.
Dean had lost four of their opening six matches prior to back-to-back abandoned matches against Falkland and now Ickenham.
Frustratingly for captain Greg Davis they were in a strong position to win both, having declared on 339-7 against Falkland and put on a competitive total of 278-8 against Ickenham.
Ickenham made it to 95 without loss in their reply before the heavens opened, but Davis was confident his young, inexperienced side could have won both matches to put themselves in a much stronger position in Division 1.
“The rained off games have been quite annoying because we put two very good scores on the board,” he said.
“We always fancied our chances of defending 340 and then 280. The game last week was good, no one got a 50 but everyone was pulling their weight.
“We're not relying on one or two people to get big scores, and that came after a couple of bad results for us too. A lot of other teams have started recruiting players who haven't played for them before, whereas we have stuck with our morals and our target to progress the youngsters and have fun as a team.
“It’s good that we're now getting results with the bat, it’s just a shame that the weather has impacted them, but that's English cricket for you.”
Davis added: “On Saturday 10/15 minutes of rain was forecast, which is probably why Ickenham put us into bat. But as soon as the elements opened it felt like there was no chance of getting back out there.
“Cookham drains well but there were puddles on the outfield. The umpires were really good, they wanted to get the game on as well, but it gets to a stage where it was just laughable how much rain there was.”
The two abandoned matches in a row have left Cookham seventh in the table, 58 points adrift of leaders Ickenham with only two wins to their name so far this season. They take on one of the sides just above them in the standings Gerrards Cross, away from home on Saturday.
“It’s going to be interesting, they’ve had very mixed availability this year, but I did see that they’ve got their opening bowler back, so if he’s playing and they’ve got their other overseas player in, who’s only played a couple of matches, it could be tough.
“If they’re all available I’d be surprised if we managed to get a win, but fingers crossed, cricket is a funny game. We could pull a result out of the bag I think.”