Vintage Cockburn causes Hawick Hangover!

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A day of great performances against Hawick & Wilton the league leaders, from Duncan Cockurn (149) and Oli Robertson (6 for 17, including a hat-trick) at fortress Myreside – continues the Three’s charge to…Europe and glory?

There was a sharp intake of breath from the Three’s stalwarts when the skipper, having reviewed ‘the greenest greentop’ seen since the leprechauns bought new shirts, confirmed we would bat if we won the toss. The concern from the ‘unbelievers’ was that the ball would seam around and cut through our middle order ‘run machines’. The skipper’s knowledge of the Myreside middle, (since before the beginning of the century), was proven by the scoreboard a few hours later reading 276 runs – 40 overs.

Hawick lost the toss – ‘Sonians were indeed going to bat. After a previous week’s run-out frenzy Duncan Cockburn and Angus Cousin began cautiously turning down a number of singles but gleefully accepting boundaries. The ball was indeed moving off the greentop – towards the boundary rope – as Duncan and Angus punished any bad balls and averaged 6 an over for the first 10. The outfield being fast the ball raced over the turf – unlike the week before where the grasses had climbed over the knees. Angus batted sensibly giving the strike to Duncan – and Duncan gave strike to the ball .The opening bowlers bowled well but any width was punished.

Meanwhile…Dunc batted on and on…

Their skipper came on bowling ‘spin’ with a most bizarre field… only 3 on off side and packed the leg side but bowled off side. When quizzed in the bar he said “well last week the opposition pulled everything to leg so thought it best to defend the leg side” – an interesting strategy as we plundered the empty off side, but he didn’t change field! No doubt next week he will place his field as if playing Watsonian’s and the following week etc. etc. On this basis he is going to be a week behind with his field placings until the end of the season!!

To be fair to their skipper ‘Cooosin’ fell into the trap smashing his first ball straight into long on’s hands!  Silly ‘Cooosin!’. But for a good patient 17, 74-1.

Meanwhile…Dunc batted on and on…

Aidan Thomson was next in and the running between the wickets became frantic and singles were stolen in between the boundaries.The opposition couldn’t apply pressure as Dunc hit more and more boundaries and Aidan placed the ball in the gaps and set off like ‘yoda whizz’ (as quoted : “much speed in my legs I have”).

Meanwhile…Dunc batted on and on…

Just as we began to totally dominate Aidan (42) sadly ran passed a non-spinning off spin and was stumped (as quoted : “botched it I have!”).

Connor McPherson strode confidently to the middle.

Meanwhile…Dunc batted on and on…

Connor began caressing boundaries as Duncan approached his maiden century just as his dad arrived! He got to his hundred with a boundary and raised his bat to the throngs of admirers – a great innings, congrats Dunc, a great landmark.

As the total mounted, and shots became carefree, wickets began to tumble – Connor (28) was bowled,ball just knicked the bail, and Calum Martin -destroyer of bowling figures- marched menacingly to the middle only to creep quietly back having ‘smashed it’ second ball into the keepers gloves!

Meanwhile…Dunc batted on and on…

Angus Rive,was next in, as our players got bigger and bigger as the wickets fell – singles got slower! He struck a quick 11 and was also on way back to the bench passing Andrew Cockburn on the way.

Meanwhile…Dunc got out… on 149. He smashed a full toss skyward and the great innings was over. Umpire skip said to Andrew ‘he only needed to push a single for his 150!’ and Andrew replied ‘well it is Duncan, he doesn’t have a brain!’…brotherly love!

There was loads of swishing by the lower order and the innings closed on a mammoth 276 – great effort!

The squad was confident after an energy giving mouth watering tea break. Oli Robertson took the new ball and after a ‘warm up’ first over he slotted into an immaculate line and length. Rossco broke through at the other end and then Oli ripped through the middle order taking 3 wickets in his next 2 overs – one a fine catch by ‘specialist slip fielder’ Cal Martin – after which there was much celebration – which led the captain to think maybe he hadn’t taken that many catches there before!!

In even more inspired captaincy Mark Somerset came on to bowl some accurate ‘non spinning’ lobs and snared another victim and Cal Martin who ‘promised’ he could bowl off spin – soon proved he couldn’t – and reverted to some sort of pacey stuff which got the final wicket!

Hawick & Wilton all out for 76 – but what was even more surprising – only 2 wides!!!

A great team performance particularly the quality fielding – a good day out!

Well done Dunc and Oli!!!!!

El Skip.