02:00PM, Thursday 15 July 2021
Ben Millar led by example in Cookham Dean’s 49-run victory against Falkland on Saturday, with the captain contributing a respectable 38 runs as the first batsman on the crease.
Winning the toss, Falkland fielded first as Millar’s men got to work building a target on a ‘wet and damp wicket’.
In tricky conditions, the home skipper batted well with Imran Butt (33), Yash Rastogi (41), Will Dempster (37), and Yasir Qureshi (28no) following suit.
Charlie Dale took 3-43 in a decent spell of bowling for the visitors but at the end of the first innings, Dean had made a respectable 206-7 from their 50 overs.
In reply, Falkland’s batting was largely suppressed by Samad Fallah (7-62) with James Ettridge’s (57) impressive contribution overshadowed by Dean’s bowling force.
In 39.3 overs, Falkland were bowled all out for 157.
The result lifts Dean into fourth place in Division 1, seven points behind a place in the top three which is currently occupied by Ickenham, Stoke Green, and Gerrards Cross.
“I’m really happy with the result because we definitely got the worst of the conditions,” said Millar.
“It was quite a bad toss to lose. The wicket was a little bit wet and a little bit damp which made the game very slow early on.
“They had a few decent slow to medium pace bowlers so it was good to not lose any wickets for the first 20 overs.
“I believe we’ve got a very strong batting line up and we have a lot of guys who are good hitting the ball down the order.
“But, realistically, you don’t necessarily want to expose your middle order players to those conditions, so it was nice to set a bit of a platform and for our players to be able to kick on from that.”
On Dean’s next competitive fixture, Millar added: “We didn’t make the Julian Cup final so we are playing Ickenham in the league next.
“Since we last played them – which was a couple of months ago now – we’ve done very well. We have only lost once.
“I think we are pretty hard to beat so fingers crossed we can carry on with this form and pick up a win at the weekend.”
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