SIXTEEN-YEAR-OLD Harvey Phillips showed his undoubted potential as he carried his bat for an unbeaten 51 to inspire Cookhill to a fine 35-run victory over Five Ways Old Edwardians in Saturday’s Worcestershire League Regional Championship Plate Group B opener.
The teen ace showed immense concentration throughout the 40 overs of the Cookhill innings to help his side to 188-6, aided by 38 from skipper Kenny Hirst.
Hirst then capped a fine day for a Cookhill side featuring several youngsters as he took 4-10 off four overs to help the visitors to an impressive win.
Neil Shuttleworth took 3-17 off eight overs for Cookhill as the hosts were dismissed for 153 off 36 overs.
The powers of concentration shown by Phillips were no fluke, as in Cookhill’s friendly the previous weekend he also batted the entire 40 overs – three hours – for an unbeaten 38 before taking a wicket in the two overs he bowled.
Saturday was also a significant occasion for Cookhill as it was the first time the club had fielded two league teams for a number of years.
More than half a dozen juniors were in action across the board, including some in the seconds’ game at home to Cookley 3rds which resulted in a five-wicket win for the hosts.
Russell Rhodes carried his bat for an unbeaten 101 to help Cookley to 178-9 off their 40 overs. Myles Perry took 3-32 and there were two wickets apiece for Andy Fennell and Aidan Blann.
Cookhill lost early wickets in reply but unbeaten scores of 70 and 71 from Billy Harris and Fennell respectively got them over the line with five wickets in hand in the 33rd over of the Division 12 Summer Division Group A encounter.