COOKHILL enjoyed a crucial 69-run victory over visitors Stanway in Cotswold Hills League Division Four on Saturday to move into promotion contention at the top end of the table.
The 21 points from the match leave Cookhill sitting in fourth place – 17 points behind Saturday’s victims who are second.
Sandwiched in between are third placed Blockley, who have a game in hand and play host to Cookhill on Saturday.
After stand-in skipper Andy Fennell lost the toss, Cookhill were put into bat by the visitors on a damp wicket and struggled to 145 all out off 40 overs, as only Rich Lewis (22) and Stuart Griffiths (38) really coped with the damp conditions.
However, Cookhill’s bowlers were still confident of getting the job done and they kept things tight and built the pressure, taking wickets at regular intervals to eventually bowl the visitors out for just 76.
The spinners did the majority of the damage as Neil Shuttleworth took 4-9 off nine overs and Kieran Kite claimed 1-7 off five overs.
THERE is a big night in the history of Cookhill on Monday (6pm) when the juniors play their first ever game at Tanworth & Camp Hill.
It is a significant occasion for the club as the juniors play their first competitive match for a club which was founded in 1946.
A club spokesman said: “Monday evening is a big step in the right direction for our club and everybody involved with the club past and present is very excited at the club moving forward and offering youngsters a chance to play and enjoy their cricket.”