Bloemendaal

The Cordon Awaits a Dutch Nick!

Jon Cockcroft's superb match, and cheese-winning performance clinched a comfortable 104 run win for the Imps in their first outing against Dutch opposition!

The Harborne maestro stroked 11 boundaries in a typically entertaining 54,as the Imps amassed 234-6 declared, before proving almost unplayable on a wearing wicket, to finish with 6-21 in Bloemendaal's 130 all out.

For the men from the Nederland, the experience of playing a full match on their rain-blighted tour, at the most beautiful cricket ground around, more than made up for their disappoitment at the result.

However, they took credit from their efforts with the ball, from three good catches behind the wicket, and their whole-hearted contribution to a most enjoyable day. For many, it was also a first taste of non-limited overs cricket.

After the captain won the toss with Phil Tompkins' Dutch Euro, (I always knew it's moment would come!), Gearie made his usual steady contribution (49) while Miller (23) ducked and weaved against the pace of Wassenberg.

They added 77 for the first wicket, before Cockie was joined by Sammo (33) to add a rapid 72 for the fourth, allowing a declaration at 234-6 from 39 overs. Kokke took 3-57, and Wegener 2-39 for the Dutch.

The reply was slow but steady, reaching 73-2 at 23 overs against accurate opening spells from Motters and Nellie.

However, the arrival at the bowling crease of Fudgie (2-48) and Cockie triggered the onset of a huge collapse, as after the dismissals of Thomas (25) and Meyee (36) the remaining eight wickets fell for 57 in 14 overs, leaving the Imps victorious with five overs in hand.

The visitors kindly presented a plaque and tie, plus a huge cheese to MoM Cockcroft, who found the spin and variable bounce of Colin's worn Wardens' special most to his liking.