COOKHAM DEAN captain Ben Millar enjoyed a “stress-free” 10-wicket win over Finchampstead 2s at Ricketts Field on Saturday.

The Dean had not tasted victory in seven weeks, four losses, one draw and two abandoned fixtures, and though he was not worried about relegation, Millar admits it feels good to win again.

He told the Observer: “It was the first time we’ve won for a while and it was good to get a win.

“We had lost our way at times, not playing at the right intensity for the whole match, and we didn’t start that well on Saturday.

“But, we managed to get the runs we needed and it was a relatively stress-free win. Those are the best ones as I don’t enjoy nail-biting games.”

He added: “It was a tricky wicket to score runs on quickly but we didn’t have to worry about that. We’ve got three of the top seven batsman in the league so always fancy our chances of chasing anything below 200.”

Finchampstead won the toss and elected to bat first, but they did not take advantage and were bowled out for 148 in 45 overs. Opener Josh Lincoln (49) fell one run short of a half-century while Darren Augustus made 20.

Yasir Qureshi was the pick of the Cookham bowlers with his figures of 4-20, ably supported by Simon Foster (2-18) and Simret Mangat (2-33).

In response, Dean openers Millar (47*) and Chris Marrow (74*) chased down the total in an unbeaten partnership of 150 in 26.4 overs.

Cookham, now up one place to seventh in Thames Valley Division One, travel across Berkshire to Falkland this Saturday. Millar said: “Falkland have not won in a while so it’s a good opportunity for us.

“They’ve got two very good bowlers that are streaks ahead of the rest, but luckily for us they’re only allowed to bowl 10 overs each."

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