The Mike Janes Memorial Match
The 4th edition of the match to remember the passing of Mike grew in stature with cricketers both flying in from Ireland and travelling down from London to play. Not forgetting the first appearance by a member of the Tolchard Twose dynasty.
The “decision” was made in the bar for Cockington to bat first. Phil Synman and Sean Needham both scored 50s before retiring to the bar. The latter coming off just 18 balls. There was also a quick fire 38 from Jono Colegate. Harry Passenger was the best of the Torquay bowlers with 2 for 28. However, the most economic was Blaise Baker going for just 3.2 runs per over compared to 7 runs per over by father Ian. After 35 overs, Cockington had reached 236 for 4 – a testing total.
Torquay opened with Rick Twose and Tim Western who put on 45. Tim Western went to his 50 before retiring to the bar. There was then cameo performances some shorter than others from Kevin Barrett who had run the London Marathon just a week before and Emmett Craik. Andy Hele batting the only way he can fell then just short of his 50 and soon afterwards Mike Pugh was another retiree to the bar. The funniest moment of the day has to be reserved for Matt McCann coming out to bat with a woolly hat on – although with the temperature dropping it seemed somewhat appropriate, one could only imagine what the late Ray Batten would have said though! Matt and Ben Passenger ensured the match finished in an unlikely tie (although Torquay had lost 7 wickets though). The best of Cockington’s bowling was Synman with 3 for 46.
So the Mike Janes Memorial Trophy remains in the hands of Torquay having been the victors last year. Jono Colegate won the trophy for Performance of the Day by a Cockington player.
Regardless of the result though, there are no winners and losers, as everyone involved does it to remember Mike. Roll on 2020 when hopefully it will be a little warmer!