Cookhill up to second after victory

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COOKHILL are second in the Cotswold League Division Four after a 20 run win in Inkberrow.

The efforts of the groundstaff in Inkberrow ensured the match lost only nine overs.

Losing the toss in Inkberrow, Cookhill were predictably put into bat on a wicket that still definitely offered something for the bowlers despite the covers being on beforehand.

However, openers Roger Smith and Dan Mills started as they meant to continue, putting 70 on for the first wicket before the latter fell.

Smith carried on his impressive form knocking 66 including some great boundaries on a slow outfield due to the moisture from previous rain.

The visitors continued to tick over the scoreboard, with handy contributions from Jordan Hobbis (25), Chris Pearsall (21), Rich Biddle and Andy Fennell (16).

Cookhill finished on 216-7 from their 45 overs, meaning Inkberrow were set 174 to win from their reduced allocation of 36 overs.

The Roosters started well, with skipper Liam Donohoe bowling tightly and well-supported by Allen Smith and Andy Fennell.

Only a quickfire 40 from Inkberrow's Dan Baker threatened Cookhill, and once his key wicket fell Cookhill wrapped things up nicely.

There were three wickets a piece for Fennell and Shuttleworth, two for Donohoe and one for Smith.

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