Chris cooks up first success for Clyst St George

PUBLISHED: 14:50 28 June 2011

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Chris Cook was certainly the star of the show as Clyst St George finally got their first Francis Clark Devon League B Division victory of the season on Saturday.

Playing at Chagford who started the day immediately above basement dwellers Clyst, it was certainly one of those games that Matt Cook’s side could ill afford to come out worse in.

As it happened they won the game, banked 17 points and suddenly have breathed new hope into what was an ailing campaign.

The hosts batted first and were always in trouble thanks to the efforts of Cook and Tim Downer.

Downer was a constant thorn in the Chagford side as he put the ball consistently on the spot to return remarkable figures of five wickets for just six runs. Cook helped him self to four wickets and it left the Bohea Field men chasing a target of 117 to seal that much vaunted first success.

Batting continued to be just as difficult as it had been from the off with the bowlers always having the upper hand but Clyst St George stuck to their task admirably and, with Cook hitting an unbeaten 59, victory was achieved with two wickets remaining.

The win did not allow Clyst the luxury of climbing out of the relegation berths but it does fire new confidence into the side who reach the half way stage of their season with this weekend’s visit of high flying Thorverton.

With Chagford now just six points ahead and Axminster 25 points better off, the first target is to land that second win of the season and continue a climb to safety.

No such joy for the 2nd XI who were beaten by seven wickets at home by Cornwood III. Alan Welsh (40), Julian Welland (26) and Will Aldridge (23) made the major contributions in a total of 154, passed with relative ease by the visitors.

Wirth the two teams below Clyst meeting it meant the gap was inevitably closed between them and the bottom two.

They head into this weekend’s visit to Thorverton knowing that a victory would push them towards a mid-table berth.

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