Batsman Keanu Cooper smashes double century in Dales battering

Ludlow Advertiser: Keanu Cooper, pictured batting, blasted 21 fours and eight sixes in his 209 against Dales on Sunday. Keanu Cooper, pictured batting, blasted 21 fours and eight sixes in his 209 against Dales on Sunday.

LUDLOW batsman Keanu Cooper had the best day of his career, smashing 209 runs in the GB Liners Marches Sunday League.

Cooper clouted 21 fours and eight sixes in a remarkable 119-ball knock in Ludlow’s 353-run battering of Leominster-based Dales.

He shared a 318-run third-wicket partnership in just 28 overs with all-rounder Ian Simmons (109) in Sunday’s clash.

Glen Whittaker weighed in with an unbeaten 31 for Ludlow, who piled up 407-5 against 10-man Dales.

Former first-team skipper Louis Watkins claimed 3-8 as Dales were shot out for just 84.

It was also a memorable day for Keanu’s 14-year-old sister, Courtney Cooper, who impressed in an England Women’s Development programme talent detection game at Loughborough University.

Courtney made 30 runs, after mistakenly being given run-out in her first knock, and then took 2-5 in an impressive four-over stint.

Courtney had been invited to take part in the 50-overs-a-side match by England youth manager Lisa Pagett.

Ludlow captain Bryn Simmons is expecting a ‘big reaction’ from his players in this Saturday’s match at Cound in the Shropshire County League.

Gagendeep Singh, who has played in the Indian Premier League, snapped up 5-17 as Ludlow crashed to a 146-run home defeat against Worfield last weekend.

Skipper Simmons said: “Worfield were really good and we were not very good. We were a bit off-colour after Worfield had won the toss and decided to bat first.”

Despite tidy spells from Matt Kennedy (2-35), Ian Simmons (2-57) and Will Sparrow (2-58), Worfield amassed 256-7.

Although captain Simmons top-scored with 30, Ludlow were dismissed for 110 in the 37th over.

Simmons said: “We knew that Worfield were going to be a tough test and a side which was likely to be pushing at the top this season.

“Things did not click for us. I hate losing – it ruins my weekend – and I will be looking for a reaction from my players in this weekend’s match at Cound.”

He added: “I play for Grasshoppers in the Shrewsbury Midweek League and a few of the lads from Cound also play for the side. Cound have some very good players.”

Adam Williams snapped up 6-40 and bagged 38 in Corvedale’s 91-run loss against Condover in Division Two.

Steve Morris and Thomas Moulder both picked up three wickets in Bishops Castle’s 132-run defeat against Tibberton, also in Division Two.

There was disappointment for Tenbury, who crashed to a five-wicket defeat at Bredon in the Worcestershire County League Division Three.

Tom Gloster top-scored with 35 but Tenbury were skittled out for 115 in the 35th over after a fine spell from Martin Hill (4-28).

Zack Yarranton claimed 3-41 but Bredon, who used to play in the now defunct Three Counties League, eased home for the loss of five wickets.

See the facing page for all the cricket scores in brief.

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