It was supposed to be a clash of the big guns when Marlow hosted Cookham Dean in the Julian Cup second round on Tuesday, instead the home side were firing blanks leading to a comprehensive eight-wicket defeat.
Marlow managed a well-below par 114 all out on their Pound Lane pitch where they have so much success, a total the Dean easily passed using up just two batsmen and 13 overs.
Marlow captain Graeme Paskins couldn’t hide his disappointment at the setback in what has been a decent season for the 1st XI.
“We batted poorly, played some rash shots and never adjusted to a slowish wicket,” he said.
“Losing a number of wickets early put pressure on the rest of the side. Then we needed runs from the engine room, but they didn’t come.
“Cookham Dean bowled well. They did what they had to do, bowl straight and wait for us to get ourselves out.”
Barney Hogg (22), Kirk Graham (21) and Simon Carter (24) all batted well, but it was not enough to set a daunting total.
If the batting under-performed, the bowling attack proved toothless as well as the Dean smashed the ball around Pound Lane to win at a canter.
Wasim Ahmed (2-20), Sohil Mangat (2-27) and Simret Mangat (2-27) were the best of the Dean's bowlers.
Assessing Marlow's efforts with the ball, Paskins added: “The 114 we scored was well below par on the wicket, and their openers didn’t give us a chance. They batted really well.”
Chris Marrow hit 60, Mark Lowden 22 (retired) and Patrick Castleden 17 not out in an easy run chase.
Paskins – who recently received an unexpected late call-up to the full Bucks side as wicket-keeper/batsman at the age of 45 – says the defeat to the Dean is a blip in what has been a positive campaign for his team in Thames Valley League Division 1.
“Our season has been going well and we expected to put up a better fight of things, but it was not to be,” he said.
“I’m pleased for Cookham, it’s good to see other clubs coming through into the lat- ter stages of the competition.
“Now, for us, the focus is on the league.”
Marlow head to Boyne Hill next to face a good team skippered by Tom Mellor and with overseas player Matthew Leipold who has already passed the 500-run mark.
Cookham Dean will face Windsor in the first semi-final of the Julian Cup on Tuesday, June 27 at Burnham.
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